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Spanish A Level at Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College

Course description

Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world, consequently an essential tool for business, trading, culture and tourism. Hence, A Level Spanish is a useful preparation for a wide variety of careers. This is a stimulating and challenging course, highly respected by all universities.

The A level course will take you well beyond GCSE, giving you a thorough grounding in the Spanish language, grammar and structures so as to enable you to research and discuss a wealth of topics, debating all sorts of contemporary issues from technology, terrorism and immigration in the Spanish-speaking world. We also study the historical and social reality of Spain and the Hispanic world.

A Level Spanish is all that and much more in a course that combines linguistic skills with analytical thinking. It helps students develop confident, effective communication skills as well as a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. It develops an interest in, and enthusiasm for, language learning and encourages students to consider their study of the language in a broader context. A Level Spanish is a highly rewarding and enjoyable course.


Here at Prior Pursglove we organise residential study visits to Spain.  We have links to schools in Málaga and as a student of languages you will have the opportunity to visit the country of the language you are studying. Students find that these visits improve their language skills and extend their knowledge of the country in which they are staying. Visits are also useful in preparing for oral units. Costs are generally around £450.  Visits are optional, but it is very helpful if you can take part.

Course content

You will develop your language skills on various topics throughout the course, and build up your ability to use grammatical structures and a wider vocabulary.

In the first year students will learn about technological and social changes in the Spanish spoken world including the arts, culture of the present and past.

In the second year, students will explore the current political landscape of the Hispanic world, paying attention to those political systems that have played an important part in shaping their country.

They will also have the opportunity to study a work of literature, a film and to conduct an independent research project of their choice. All of which will be part of the assessment for this course.


Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you will need to have met the standard college entry requirements and you must have a grade C in Spanish and a grade C in English Language at GCSE.


The A Level course is assessed at the end of the two years by 3 Units, one of which is an oral unit, whilst the other tests comprise of listening, reading and finally writing skills.  This includes assessment of topics, your research, literary work and film. 

Financial information

You will receive the main course books on loan from the college.

Future opportunities

After A Level, you could then progress to university where Spanish can be studied as a main subject or in combination with a wide range of other subjects such as Business, European Management, or Physics. We currently have ex students at a wide variety of universities studying Spanish with another language or Business, Mathematics or History.

Some of the students who studied this course at Prior Pursglove College progressed on to:

  • Edinburgh University – Spanish / French & Spanish
  • Liverpool University – English
  • Newcastle University – Business Management

Further information


You will have approximately 4½ hours of classroom time. We expect you to work outside of your timetabled lessons for at least an extra 4 hours per week, plus during two identified private studies periods within your college timetable.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prior Pursglove And Stockton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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