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A Level Spanish

Course outline

The course covers how Spanish-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change.

In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of Spanish-speaking countries. In the second year further aspects of the social background are covered, this time focusing on matters associated with multiculturalism.

You will also study aspects of the political landscape including the future of political life in the Hispanic world by focusing on young people and their political engagement.

Topics include:

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society
    • La inmigración
    • El racismo
    • La convivencia
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world
    • Jóvenes de hoy, ciudadanos del mañana
    • Monarquías y dictaduras
    • Movimientos populares
  • Individual Research Project
    • Choose your own Spanish topic to research in depth.
    • Do your research project.
    • Prepare your IRP for your speaking assessment.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken and your language skills. You will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in Spanish. The choice of works (literary texts and films) offers opportunities to link with the themes so that, for example, the play La Casa de Bernarda Alba could be linked to the sub-theme modern and traditional values while the film Volver could be connected to the sub-theme Equal rights.

You will take part in stimulating activities to develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture and society of countries where Spanish is spoken. We select a broad area of study to prescribe certain aspects for closer examination. The core content includes social issues and trends, political and artistic culture, grammar, and options from literature and film.


  • Circumstances permitted, we do trips to Spain (sometimes combined with Geography and/or Art groups).
  • Visits to the Contemporary Art Gallery/Museum in Nottingham to see Spanish artists expositions.
  • Trips to Broadway Cinema in Nottingham to watch Spanish speaking and/or subtitled films.
  • Tapas evening out to a Spanish restaurant, this is usually at Vida by Llorentes Restaurant in Nottingham.

You will study this course alongside 2 or 3 other A Levels.

How to apply for this course

Apply now to study an A Level Programme in 2024/25

You will select your individual subjects when you complete the application.

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Location Date
Chaucer Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C000450 / Q021743


A Level Spanish


2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements
  • To study 3 A Levels you’ll need at least 5 GCSE’s at grades 9-4 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above.
  • To study 4 A Levels you’ll need at least 6 GCSE’s at grades 9-7 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 7 or above.
  • One of your GCSEs must be a grade 7 or above in GCSE Spanish.

The programme of study is for 2 years, and you will be expected to be achieving a minimum of grade D in all subject assessments by the end of year 1 to progress to your 2nd year.

Applicants with predicted GCSE grades 1 or 2 points below the entry requirement for an A Level:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements for either 1 or 2 of your chosen A Level subject choices, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer. We advise that you think about a second choice of course as a back-up plan. You can meet with us for a supportive, friendly and impartial discussion to look at other courses that Nottingham College has to offer. For more information contact High Pavement Sixth Form admissions by telephone on 0115 9100 100 or email at

Applicants who choose 4 subjects but only have the entry requirements to study 3:

If your predicted grades do not meet the entry requirements to study 4 A Level subjects, don’t worry we will still make you a conditional offer for all 4. At your ‘Get Ready for College’ day you will undertake tasters in your subjects and at this point you can discuss your options with subject staff at the event, to help you finalise your subject choices. Final A Level choices however will be made at enrolment in August when your GCSE results are confirmed.

Teaching & assessment

Two written exams and one oral exam that together assess speaking, listening, reading and writing. All questions are in Spanish.


This course offers the traditional A Level route into University.

The course also offers the chance for students to have practical experiences, which are embedded within the curriculum. There are both exams and assesses work within the units, preparing students well for the university model of delivery or for a year abroad in a Hispanic speaking country.

Some students who have chosen A Levels Spanish in previous years at Nottingham College, have gone into careers like: Philosophy with Spanish, European Languages: Spanish and Portugues and/or Spanish, Russian and French, International Relations, Business and/or International Business, Teaching and/or Education, Spanish and Law, Spanish and Social Science, Medicine, Paramedic Science, Spanish with History, and Spanish with Sociology and Psychology.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.