Why choose Spanish?

Spanish, the first language of 22 nations and 300 million people, is developing rapidly as a language of increasing importance here in Britain, not only because of the many links through tourism but also because of the development of Spain as an important trading nation and improved relations with Spanish-speaking countries in South America.

Resources & Facilities

  • Large computer room
  • Computers with internet links and listening facilities
  • Various Language learning software
  • Data projectors in all rooms
  • Interactive Whiteboard
  • Comprehensive Modern Languages website

Teaching and Learning Styles

  • Extensive use of Spanish in the lesson
  • A wide variety of subjects including aspects of contemporary society
  • Weekly oral lesson


Students have the opportunity to participate in an exchange with Santiago in Spain in order to improve their fluency and listening skills. Some of the exchange activities directly aim to support the syllabus.


The A Level will be assessed by external exams in reading, listening, speaking and writing skills. The course includes options in Cultural Studies.

Profile student - Wajeeha Batool

Wajeeha Batool

Spanish - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
My decision to study Spanish was based on the opportunities that it would bring in the future. I know that, in the future, I will meet people of varying backgrounds and having learnt a European language will not only be beneficial in terms of communication but also employability. Moreover, learning about the different customs, music and gastronomy, as well as the historical background of Spain and Latin America has given me a broader understanding of the Spanish speaking world and the flexible nature of language. Due to the Latin origins of the terminology, Spanish has also helped me to gain a better understanding of scientific terms in Biology and Chemistry. This will be especially useful for my future studies in the medical field.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study a Spanish degree, either single honours or in combination with another language. An increasing number of students study Spanish with another subject, such as Law, Business Studies, History, Politics or even Music and Sciences. Almost any combination is possible!

Fluency in a foreign language will open doors to top universities in the UK and will increase your employment opportunities in Britain, as well as in Spanish-speaking countries

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Spanish5GCSE Spanish at grade 5 or above.Willingness to talk freely in the target language. Desire to spend time in a country where target language is spoken.Spanish Exchanges every year. Not compulsory but students should take part (£300-£370 for 8-11 days).

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