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What is Spanish?

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, after English and Mandarin. There are more than 400 hundred million Spanish speakers in the world, not just in Spain and South America, but also in the United States and even the Philippines. 25 different nations speak Spanish either as the official language or as a first language. In addition, it is one of the top five languages used in business, so speaking Spanish could also improve your job prospects in the future.

What Will You Study?

First Year:

Your first year will comprise two units and topics, which include:

– Leisure and Lifestyles: including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs and traditions as well as healthy living, health and nutrition, diet and exercise and unhealthy living, drugs, smoking and alcohol.
– The Individual and Society: relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers.

The Second Year: 

Your second year will also comprise two units and topics, which include:

– Environmental Issues:  technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling, sustainability.
– Social and Political Issues: the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism, the world of work (employment, commerce, globalization, etc.)

What Next?

Spanish leads into any career, as a single degree or combined with any other subject, but it certainly is the door to a bright and successful future.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade B in GCSE Spanish. If you have not previously studied Spanish at GCSE you must achieve at least a grade A in another language at GCSE and at least a grade A (7) in GCSE English Language, along with a strong GCSE profile.

Course Type

A Level

Interesting Fact

People who can speak a second language generally earn up to 10% more than those who do not.


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