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Spanish AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Studying Spanish will help students develop the much-prized communication skills, that are so in demand by employers.

Students have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the College's well-resourced language laboratories, with access to the latest multimedia technology.

In addition, language students benefit from the support of  dedicated Foreign Language Assistants who are great at encouraging students to try out their speaking skills - for example using interactive games and quizes.

All students will have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Spain, where they will stay with families, study the language for part of the day, and enjoy various activities -  a great way to learn about Spanish culture and improve their speaking skills!

Course content

The course covers a wide variety of current issues over the two years. As well as revising and extending some of the topics studied at GCSE, students will learn about social and cultural themes within Hispanic society, including social values, equality and multiculturalism, regional identity and the influence of heritage, as well as studying aspects of politics and history.  In addition, students will study in depth both a film and a work of literature.  Grammar and language skills are integrated into the topic areas.

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including grade B or above in GCSE Spanish and grade C in GCSE English Language.

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • enjoy communicating through writing and speaking
  • have an interest in the culture of the Spanish speaking world
  • are thinking of travelling, taking a gap year, or working abroad


The exam board for this A Level is AQA.

The exam is taken in May/June and consists of 3 papers, all externally assessed:

At AS, a speaking examination lasting approximately 15 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (1 hour 45 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (1 hour 30 minutes).

At A2 a speaking examination lasting approximately 18 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (2 hours 30 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (2 hours).

Future opportunities

In the workplace language skills are highly valued, with employers typically paying higher salaries to those with a language qualification. In Higher Education, a single or joint honours degree in one or more languages, or in another subject plus a language, leads to greater employability – and the opportunity to perhaps work abroad.

Further information

Spanish AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included a week-long study trip to Spain; cities visited have been Salamanca, San Sebastian or Granada.  Students attend classes at a dedicated language school, take part in cultural activities, and live with host families as paying guests.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reigate College directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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