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Sixth Form - Spanish A Level (ALV1) at Barnsley College

Course description

This course will help you develop your knowledge of the Spanish language and your understanding of Spanish culture and society through the study of authentic and current articles, modern literary texts and films. The study of Spanish at A Level will enable you to develop excellent communication and critical thinking skills, explore a wide range of topics about Spanish contemporary society and give you the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Course content

Year one aims to develop grammatical structures to a high level of accuracy and complexity. It will cover three topics in which you will develop a wealth of useful vocabulary and fluent phrases, and the confidence to speak, write, read and listen to Spanish. Theme one will be Changes in Spanish Society and theme two will be Artistic and Political Culture in Spanish-speaking countries. You will also conduct a literary study of a film or novel.

In year two you will develop your critical thinking in spoken and written Spanish. You will also undertake an independent research project on an issue of your choice. You will continue to study themes one and two and also study two more central themes, together with a further literary text or film. Theme three is Immigration and Multicultural Society in Spain and theme four is The Period of Franco’s Dictatorship and Democratic Transition.


You will experience a wide variety of methods of learning, such as paired work and group work on a particular topic, traditional lessons, and individual work such as listening activities, research work on a topic of your choice and literary analysis on a novel or a film. You will practise different skills every lesson, such as speaking, listening, reading and writing.
You will be expected to use websites such as Kerboodle, Languages Online, YouTube and others to support your learning.
To really help you develop your speaking skills and increase your confidence, you will be asked to attend a 30-minute speaking session each week, either on an individual basis or in a small group.

Entry requirements

We generally ask for an Attainment 8 score of 5.5 or above (including a 5 or above in English and maths). However, we will discuss entry requirements with you at interview so please come and talk to us!


Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in Spanish.


Assessment is by examination.
Paper 1 is a listening, reading and translation paper which will assess the topics covered during the course (40% of qualification).
Paper 2 is a writing paper which will assess the texts and/or film studied during the course (30% of qualification).
Paper 3 is the speaking exam which assesses the individual research project and one of the four topics studied (30% of qualification).

Financial information

Financial support - If your total annual household income is less than £35,000 you could be eligible for financial support through our Learner Support Fund.* Money is available for travel (up to £700), food, trips, printing, equipment and childcare. You don’t have to pay this money back. You can pick up a Learner Support Fund application form from Student Services on the ground floor at our Old Mill Lane campus. Guaranteed bursaries - If you are aged between 16 and 18 and currently living on your own, or in care or leaving care, you could be eligible for a non-repayable bursary of up to £1,200 per year.*

Earn to Learn - If you are aged 16 to 18 and not eligible for any other financial support you could get involved with our Earn to Learn scheme. This provides excellent work experience opportunities within College with departments including Marketing, Administration and Catering, and you will be ‘paid’ via a range of rewards including help with the cost of travel, trips and equipment or high street vouchers.

FREE bus services! - We realise that getting to and from College might not be very easy for everyone so we have funded three FREE return bus services for our students. They serve the following areas:

• Shelley

• Stocksbridge via Penistone

• Rotherham - Ecclesfield - Chapeltown - High Green

These bus routes are completely free for our students and operate on a first come, first served basis. Each route will get students into College in a morning before lessons start and a return service is provided after lessons finish. Please contact Student Services for details of pick-up points and times.

For more information on financial support, bursaries or bus routes, please contact Student Services on Tel: 01226 216 267 or Email:

*Terms and conditions apply

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or further study in Higher Education. There are many courses at university where you can combine languages with another subject, for example business, law, teaching or travel and tourism. Knowledge of a foreign language will definitely improve your job prospects and career opportunities. Employers value language skills highly and language graduates are always sought-after.

Further information

Additional Learning Support (ALS)

We want every student to get the best out of their time with us. If you need any extra help, our ALS team can provide you with a range of support. The team work with students who have:



Autism or Asperger Syndrome


Learning difficulties/disabilities

Emotional or mental health support needs

Sensory impairment

Physical difficulties

Medical conditions

Temporary disabilities

If you would like to find out more about the support ALS can offer then please contact the team.

+44 (0)1226 216 769

Health and Wellbeing

Making sure you lead a healthy lifestyle will help you do your best in your studies. We offer confidential advice and a range of health services, including:

Contraception and sexual health advice

Full STI screening

Access to psychological therapies to deal with stress, depression and anxiety (IAPT)


Referrals to Barnsley Stop Smoking Service

Qualified Health Trainer


Advice around drug and alcohol issues

You can contact an adviser on: +44 (0)1226 216 233

Information Unit

We have a dedicated team available to provide information on all of our courses and to help you to make the right choices about your future. The team are based at the Old Mill Lane site.

Drop in: Monday – Thursday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday 9.00am – 4.30pm

Tel: +44 (0)1226 216 123


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 May 2019
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