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AS level Spanish

Study AS 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 AS level Spanish online will develop your language skills and deepen your cultural and international understanding.

With its strong, practical application, Spanish AS 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.

Why study Spanish?

As well as extending your learning in the second most spoken language in the world – with over 450 million Spanish speakers worldwide – our AS 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 AS 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.

Future opportunities

  • Studying Modern Foreign Languages or linguistics at university or higher education level.
  • Opening up career paths – employment rates for language graduates are one of the highest, compared with other degree subjects.  
  • You could spend a year in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country as a part of your degree.
  • Complementing subjects such as Law or Business, 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.

Course content

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

Study AS level Spanish with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students

learn@nec

Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

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

Exam board

  • AQA 7692

Format

  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Hours

  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 120-150* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 150 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 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 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

Assignments

  • 6 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade

Resources

  • Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course: AQA A level Spanish, JA García Sánchez, T Weston and M Thacker, Hodder Education, 2016

Requirements

  • Volver, Pedro Almodóvar (film)
  • Modern Languages Study Guides: Volver: Film Study Guide for AS/A level Spanish (Film and literature guides),  JA García Sánchez and T Weston, Hodder Education, 2017
  • 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

What's included?

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
  • Marking for one past paper
  • 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

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

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Exams and assessment

Three exams:

  • 1 hour 45 minutes, 45% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 25% of marks
  • One oral exam, 30% of marks:
    The oral exam is 12 to 14 minutes. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

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.

This includes:

  • 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 Progress 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.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.