Spanish A Level

Course Description

If you are interested in building on your success at GCSE and developing your ability to communicate in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages then Spanish may well be the language for you. Our aim is to help you to succeed and become more confident speaking the language. We offer full use of modern facilities and access to local language events. You will also have the opportunity to practise your skills with native speakers and you will enjoy small class sizes.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. In addition, you will also need a Grade B in GCSE Spanish.

Course Content

This motivating course will enable you to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language, the culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills.

We will study four themes that address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, one literary text and one film. We will cover topics like changing family structures, the world of work, impact of tourism, music, media, festivals and traditions, immigration and the multicultural society, The Franco dictatorship and transition to democracy.  Your progress will also be assessed internally on a regular basis through set pieces of homework, vocabulary, grammar tests and mock exams.

There are opportunities to go to the Cornerhouse during the Spanish Film Festival and other dedicated language events at local universities.

Links with other subjects:
Spanish goes well with any other subjects. Many of our students study Spanish alongside Science, Maths, Humanities or English. Spanish complements and enhances any curricular subject.


This is a two year course where you will be assessed externally at the end of the second year. The assessment takes the form of one speaking test (30%), one listening, reading and translation paper (40%) and one written response to works and translation paper (30%).

Future Career Opportunities

Language graduates are highly employable. Language qualifications are welcomed by employers and are required by an ever increasing number of companies. In Higher Education, Spanish can be studied on its own, in combination with another language, or with subjects such as English Literature, English Language, Media Studies, and forms an important element of many European Studies’ courses. Spanish goes well with any subject at university. The choice is yours!

Why Study at BSFC?

We are a very friendly and supportive team fully committed to our students. We have well equipped rooms, our class sizes are small and our resources are designed to help you to develop your potential as a language student.