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Spanish (A-level)

Spanish is used as a medium of communication in this course, so students can gather, analyse, and discuss information and ideas in Spanish.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

This programme allows students to use Spanish for the purpose of communication and enables them to gather, analyse and exchange information and ideas in Spanish.

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

In addition, you should have GCSE French at grade 5 or above. 

You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in Spanish-speaking countries and their culture.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

A-level course content:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political and artistic culture
  • Grammar
  • Works – literary texts and films
  • Individual research project

A-level topics include:

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society including: immigration, racism and integration.
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world including: today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens, monarchies, republics and dictatorships, and popular movements.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.


The A-level exams in Spanish include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to:

  • draw together their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study
  • provide extended responses

The exam board is AQA.

A-level assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 50% of A-level)

Paper 2: Writing (2 hours, 80 marks in total, 20% of A-level)

Paper 3: Speaking (21–23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time, 60 marks in total, 30% of A-level)

You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations – doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas. Business people, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market.

Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about. In addition, careers in teaching, translating/interpreting, journalism, importing/exporting and catering will all require advanced level language skills.

A foreign language A-level will complement and enhance your other studies too.

For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Authors, Writers and Translators


Authors, Writers and Translators

Teaching Professionals


Teaching Professionals

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Nursery Education Teaching Professionals

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 2, 2024 4:44 pm