The National Extension College
Study A level Spanish online and ¡aprende a hablar español como un nativo!
Learning a language unlocks a wealth of opportunities. From working abroad, to conversing fluently with native Spaniards, studying A level Spanish online will develop your language skills and deepen your cultural and international understanding.
With its strong, practical application, Spanish A level will equip you with invaluable skills to help future-proof your aspirations, and broaden your perspective on a wide range of issues and topics.
Section 1: Los valores y el ciberespacio
- Las familias de antes y de ahora: los hijos hablan
- La religión católica y las fiestas
- Y vivieron felices… ¿para siempre?
- Las múltiples formas familiares
- Las diferentes caras de Internet
Section 2: El ciberespacio y los derechos
- ¿Han cambiado las nuevas tecnologías nuestra vida a mejor o a peor?
- Los teléfonos… ¿inteligentes?
- La lucha por la igualdad de las mujeres
- La mujer contemporánea: hablan ellas
- Los derechos del colectivo LGBT
- Mejorando la situación de la mujer: ¿un trabajo aún inacabado?
Section 3: Ídolos y identidad
- Los jóvenes bajo la influencia de los ídolos musicales
- ¿Héroes deportivos?
- La nueva cultura de la fama
- La Semana Santa en España
- La tauromaquia, sus diversas formas y la polémica
Section 4: Identidad y patrimonio
- Un viaje gastronómico por España
- ¡En España se habla más de una lengua!
- Perú: incas, conquistas y maravillas para la historia
- Unas pinceladas de arte mexicano
- La arquitectura árabe en Andalucía y sus vestigios
- El patrimonio musical y su diversidad en el mundo hispano
Section 5: Literature and film 1
- This section will focus on the set text or film for AS Spanish: Volver
Section 6: La inmigración y el racismo
- La inmigración en España: procedencia, distribución e integración
- La vida y penurias de un ‘sin papeles’
- La inmigración mexicana en EE.UU.
- Actitudes racistas y xenófobas en la España de ayer y hoy
- Choosing a topic for your research project
Section 7: La convivencia y la integración
- Las medidas nacionales y locales en contra del racismo en Hispanoamérica
- Las legislaciones antirracistas en el mundo hispano
- La convivencia entre culturas en la España medieval
- Convivencia e integración en los centros escolares
- La convivencia en la España moderna
- Organising your research project
Section 8: Los jóvenes
- Los jóvenes y la política: ¿activismo o apatía?
- El paro entre los jóvenes
- Su sociedad ideal: ¿una quimera?
- El franquismo en España
- Continuing your research project
Section 9: Monarquías, dictaduras y movimientos sociales
- La evolución de la monarquía en España
- Dictadores latinoamericanos
- El poder de los sindicatos
- Las protestas sociales en profundidad
- La efectividad de las manifestaciones
- Making a short presentation in Spanish
Section 10: Literature and film 2
- This section will focus on the set text or film for A level Spanish: La Casa de Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Caroline who is just one of our first-class Spanish tutors:
“I have always been passionate about learning languages and I am delighted to be sharing my interest in Spanish. I have been a languages teacher for over 12 years. As a tutor, I like to tailor my support to the needs of each student. Learning a language should be a fun and fulfilling experience and there are many ways to learn. I have a BA Hons in languages from the University of Hull and took my PGCE at the University of York. I am originally from North Yorkshire and now live in Wakefield.”
What you need to know
- AQA 7692
- Online learning with support from a personal tutor
- Complete at your own pace
- Approx. 250-300* hours plus time for completing assignments
*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
- 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade
- Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course:
- AQA A level Spanish, JA García Sa´nchez, T Weston and M Thacker, Hodder Education, 2016
- Volver, Pedro Almodóvar (film)
- Modern Languages Study Guides: Volver: Film Study Guide for AS/A level Spanish (Film and literature guides), JA García Sa´nchez and T Weston, Hodder Education, 2017
- La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Federico García Lorca (play)
- Modern Languages Study Guides: La casa de Bernarda Alba: Literature Study Guide for AS/A level Spanish (Film and literature guides), S Blanchi and M Thacker, Hodder Education, 2017
- Internet access
- Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
- Access to learn@nec
- All the course materials you need to complete the course
- Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
- Assignment marking
- Coursework marking and authentication
- Guaranteed exam place
- Free e-book version of the essential textbook
- NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
- Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
- Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
- Information on how to apply for exams
- Academic references if needed
Your course fee does not cover:
- Exam entry fees
- Additional resources
- Additional past paper marking
- Revision tutorial
- Optional tutorial
- Additional review
Exams and assessment
- Paper 1: 50% of marks (2 hours 30 minutes)
- Paper 2: 20% of marks (2 hours)
- Oral exam – 30% of marks (21 to 23 minutes, including 5 minutes of preparation). The oral exam is in two parts:
- Part 1: Discussion of one sub-theme from a choice of four
- Part 2: Presentation of the Individual Research Project (2 minutes of presentation and 9-10 minutes of discussion of the findings of your research.)
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
- coursework: Individual Research Project
Additional support if you're under 18
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.
- Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
- Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
- You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
- Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
- Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.
Who is this course for?
As well as extending your learning in the second most spoken language in the world – with over 450 million Spanish speakers worldwide – our A level Spanish online course is ideal if you:
- Like the opportunities learning a new language brings – in business, or for your own pleasure.
- Are a keen traveller, or would like to explore a new culture from your own home.
- Plan to study other languages? Study Spanish A level and you will find you have an understanding of many other ‘Romance’ languages such as Italian, Portuguese, and French. Perhaps you’ll eventually become a polyglot!
- Enjoy learning. Learning a language is ultimately a lot of fun.
- GCSE in Spanish or equivalent recommended
- Our course materials assume that English is your first language
- Studying Modern Foreign Languages or linguistics at university or higher education level.
- A range of careers including those in education, journalism, editing and publishing, international business, communication and translation through to cultural and tourism, diplomacy, law, media, accountancy, management or governmental positions.
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