When you decide to study A level Spanish as one of your subjects, you will simply be developing the skills you acquired during your GCSE course. You will continue to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish, but obviously to a higher level.

Everything we offer is there to help you to succeed – from the state-of-the-art language laboratory to a wide range of resources, including lessons with friendly native speakers to help you become more confident speaking the language. Best of all you will find all the staff in the department friendly approachable and helpful. If you don’t believe us, just ask our A Level Spanish students. Class sizes vary from year to year and language to language but may range from 10 to 20. Students should make full use of modern facilities to enhance their language skills, and also take the opportunity to visit the country.

Where does this A Level Spanish course lead?

Students in recent years have gone to university, studying languages by themselves or combined with other subjects, such as business, management, law, administration, ICT, engineering, international marketing and journalism. The choice is endless! In 2021 a student gained a place in Oxford to study Spanish after lots of support and preparation by the Spanish department.

Course Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in Spanish.

Modern Languages Course Leaflet

Click the link below to view the Spanish Introduction video

A Level Spanish Course Introduction

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Exam board course specification

What our students say about Spanish – Sarah

What our students say about Spanish -Elizabeth

Spanish Alumni

Elise Don – French & Spanish, Oxford University

Ryan Puxley – Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University

Katie Heyes – French & Spanish, Durham University

Spanish News

Students enjoy Spanish workshop

Madrid Trip 2019

Carmel on BBC News: Language study decline in the UK

Another great trip to Madrid

What Our Students Say

I would absolutely recommend Spanish to anyone considering it. There are so many reasons to learn a foreign language – a new world of communication, higher level of employability and general enjoyment, to name just a few – but I love this course too! The language itself and the culture that surrounds it are beautifully intertwined and there is plenty of help from tutors to develop your abilities in both written and spoken Spanish, as well as your understanding of the Spanish-speaking world.

The teachers I’ve had at Carmel go the extra mile to support their students, from extra weekly tutorials to one-to-one help. Your Personal Achievement Tutor also ensures you’re managing well with general college life and your plans for the future.

After leaving Carmel, I’m going to study Psychology at university. However, I’ll continue to practice and improve my Spanish in any way that I can! I hope to use this invaluable skill during a year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country whilst at university.

Paige Holt