This course is offered as an AS qualification (one year of study) or an A Level qualification (two year linear course). You will learn about the concerns that affect people’s lives in Spanish speaking countries and have the opportunity to study a Spanish film and a literary text.

Level: A Level (level 3)
Type: A Level and AS Level
Learning Area: Languages

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Journalist, foreign civil service worker, international aid/development worker, import/export specialist, interpreter/translator, hotel manager, tour manager and teacher.

Spanish, other modern languages, in conjunction with any other subject.

Topics you'll cover


  • Modern and traditional values
  • How new technologies have changed our lives
  • Equal rights for Hispanic women and LGBT groups
  • The culture of fame and its impact on young people
  • Spanish regional identity
  • Spanish conquest of Peru
  • Flamenco, tango and other Hispanic music styles
  • Spanish film: El Laberinto del Fauno by Guillermo Del Toro.


  • Immigration, integration and combatting racism
  • Monarchies and dictatorships
  • Trade unions and social protests
  • Spanish play: La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca
  • Spanish exchange to Cataluña.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Three exams (listening, oral, reading and writing)
  • Exam board: AQA
  • AS Level (level three)
  • AS or A Level qualification (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • English GCSE and a language GCSE at grade 6 plus three additional GCSEs at grade 4 and above
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

Additional information

You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdownThere is also an expected cost for the Spanish Exchange opportunity.  


During your time at college with us you will have the opportunity to go to Spain on the Spanish Exchange.  You will live with a family and go to school with your exchange partner. You will also host them here in Southampton. Students often say the exchange is the best bit of the course and provides them with an invaluable insight into Spanish culture and a great boost to their language skills.