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Our Subject

Why learn Spanish? As the fourth most commonly spoken language in the world, it will give you greater geographical mobility. Learning Spanish may help you unlock opportunities and access other cultures. Spain is one of the UK’s major trading partners and a favourite destination for UK tourists. You’ll find the vitality of Spanish and Latin American culture evident in music, fashion and sports. Finally, with just five vowel sounds, Spanish is not difficult to assimilate in the early stages. There is a direct correspondence between spoken and written forms. Our courses are hard work but very rewarding. We see our students rapidly gaining confidence in the language and soon able to speak Spanish with impressive fluency.

To study Spanish at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English GCSE, and more importantly, a minimum higher tier grade B/5 in Spanish.

Our links with HE

Many of our students go on to study Spanish at university, either as single honours or in combination with another subject. It’s a strong career choice, with recent research by the British Council in Spain showing evidence of a dynamic and varied range of cooperation between the two countries. Given the social, economic and political impact of English and Spanish, there is clear motivation for both UK and Spanish universities to embrace collaboration and reinforce current ties. On top of this, Spanish is becoming increasingly popular with students in the UK and vice versa with Spanish students wanting to study in the UK. And despite current economic difficulties, Spain remains a highly competitive economy and shares important commercial links with the UK. The latter receives 6.5 per cent of Spanish exports and provides 6.5 per cent of overall Spanish imports – the second largest investor over the past decade.

Course Structure

Everyone knows how useful it is to have a language on their CV. We also offer GCSE Spanish and you don’t need to have studied any Spanish in the past. We’ll cover topics that include personal and social life; local community; the world of work, and the wider world. Your skills will be assessed through short listening, speaking, reading and writing tests.

Your first year (AS) provides a transition from GCSE, improving your fluency and confidence in Spanish. Topics include ‘Relationships and Responsibilities’; ‘Free Time’; ‘Hobbies and Sport’; ‘Travel and Tourism’; ‘Gender Issues’; ‘Healthy and Unhealthy Living’; ‘Education, Training and Careers’; ‘Customs and Traditions’; ‘Youth Culture’ and ‘Entertainment’. In lessons we will practise listening, reading, speaking and writing Spanish and we’ll cover a wide base of grammar too. As well as four hours of formal teaching a week you will have 20 minutes with our Spanish assistant to help boost your confidence in speaking Spanish. You will also be invited to take part in our work experience exchange to Cáceres in south western Spain, with its UNESCO World Heritage walled city. This means staying with a local family and undertaking a work placement – usually in a nursery or primary school – where the little ones are always thrilled by the arrival of a young stranger! You will also experience a traditional community fiesta along with other cultural visits, such as an excursion to the National Park of Monfragüe, home of the Iberian lynx and the black vulture. A2 students are welcome to join in the exchange too.

The second year (A2) builds on your AS skills and focuses on weightier themes. Topics include ‘Immigration’; ‘Wealth and Poverty’; ‘Globalisation’; ‘Terrorism’; ‘Environmental Issues’; ‘New Technologies’ and ‘Media’.  You’ll be able to explore your individual interests through Spanish film and literature.


Adam studied both Spanish and French for A-level at Bilborough Sixth Form College and went on to do a degree in Spanish and French. He spent a year in Spain as part of his course as well as exploring Latin America after he got his degree. He’s now a trainee underwriter with a branch of Lloyds of London, using his Spanish to help decide the risks of insuring works of art from Spain and Latin America. Adam says: “Having no prior experience in either finance or fine art, being able to speak languages was the best thing for me on my CV”.

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