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Spanish A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

Spanish is the second-most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese), with 470 million native speakers, and official status in a staggering 21 countries, spanning South, Central and North America, as well as Africa and Europe. It is estimated that by 2030 7.5% of the world population will speak Spanish.  If you enjoyed learning Spanish at GCSE, Spanish could be a good AS choice for you. More and more universities are asking for a qualification in a language as a basic entry requirement and an AS in Spanish combines well with all other subjects at Priestley. An AS or A2 in Spanish is also highly valued on apprenticeship schemes.

Course content

AS Spanish is different to GCSE. In the first year, you will have the chance to develop your language skills as well as learn about current issues in Spain, such as the changing nature of family life, how Spanish people use and benefit from the internet and equal rights. You will also find out about the cultural heritage of Spain and the Hispanic world, Spanish music and Spanish cinema, including studying a Spanish film in the first year. For A level, in the second year, if you choose to continue, you will study aspects of  political life in the Hispanic world and multiculturalism in Hispanic society such as immigration, racism and integration.

Oral Lessons

You will have a 1-to-1 oral lesson per week with our Spanish language assistant, who will support you in developing your speaking skills for your speaking exam.


Entry requirements

You should normally have a GCSE grade B in Spanish and at least a grade C / 5 in English Language as well as an average GCSE score of 5.5. You should have sat the Higher Tier GCSE Spanish examinations.


There are no controlled assessments! You will have one speaking exam and two written exams.  You will also do practice papers set by  and  assessed by your teachers and various points in the year, which, together with opportunities for self and peer assessment during the year, will give you a clear idea of how you are progressing.  If we see that you need any kind of extra support to help you achieve in your exams, we always do our best to provide support where you need it.

Future opportunities

You will stand out from the crowd with an AS or A2 in Spanish because it shows that you are clever, have good communication skills and are interested in other people and cultures. Employers and universities are impressed by these attributes and skills. All career paths are possible and enhanced by an AS or A2 in Spanish e.g. law, medicine, engineering, accountancy, business as well as science and technology careers.

Further information

You will be able to watch films at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester and attend university Spanish sixth form days and other University open days specialising in Spanish courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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