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Spanish A Level (Edexcel) at Tower Hamlets College

Course description

In this course you will learn about the mechanics of Spanish – like the vocabulary and how the grammar works – and also how people live and use the language on a daily basis. By taking this course, you will be able to communicate confidently in Spanish whether you are in Spain for a holiday or on a Business trip to one of the many Spanish- speaking countries in Central and South America.

In the first year (AS) you will study four topics. These are Youth culture and concerns, Lifestyle (health and fitness), The world around us (travel, tourism, environmental issues), and the Spanish-speaking world.

These build on what is covered at GCSE and include a wide range of interesting and engaging issues. The common thread amongst these is discovering how people speak at a personal level, and what their individual views are on these everyday topics.

In the second year you will discuss some further topics – Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions, National and international events: past, present and future, Literature and the arts. You will read and research about a Spanish-language text, play, film or topic area that links to the culture of a country or community that speaks Spanish.

This course will help you build on your language skills, and give you a strong basis for further study. By widening your understanding of other cultures and your ability to communicate with people from all over the world it will greatly enhance your employment prospects.

Course content

  • Speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish
  • Topics relevant to living, working, travelling or studying in Spain or in the Spanish-speaking world

Entry requirements

  • You should be able to speak Spanish to the standard expected for GCSE
  • You must have at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C including English and Maths producing an average point score of 42 and at least one B grade in a written subject


In the first year your assessment is in two parts. There is a 2 ½ hour exam which includes listening, reading and writing. This accounts for 70% of your marks for the year. Then there is a 10 minute speaking and response test. This accounts for 30% of your marks for the year.

The second year is very similar, with a 2 ½ hour listening, reading and writing exam.

The speaking test lasts slightly longer than in the first year.

Future opportunities

  • Study Spanish on its own and go into teaching, translation or travel and tourism
  • Combine with Business for a successful international business career
  • Combine with History, World Development and Politics for courses like international politics or Latin American studies

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2016
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