The Spanish AS Level Course is the first year units of the complete Spanish A Level syllabus. This course helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in Spanish and a thorough understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are eight Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) including two practice exam assignments and one oral assessment.

The course is supported by oral material on CD-ROM, and access to Dynamic Learning with interactive resources. Students will need to have internet access to benefit from these.

This home study course follows the new linear AS Level syllabus. Students wanting to complete the full A Level Course can purchase the Spanish A Level Course.

The Syllabus:

This course prepares candidates for the Edexcel Spanish AS level syllabus 8SP0 Specification for examinations in 2019 or later years.

The course covers the following 4 units:

Unit 1: La evolución de la sociedad española
Unit 2: La cultura política y artística en el mundo de habla hispana
Unit 3: Literature choice: Bodas de sangre by Lorca
Unit 4: AS Listening, Reading and Translation


The AS Level is assessed through 3 assessments:

  • Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (1 Hour, 45 Minutes) is 64 marks (40% of the qualification).
  • Paper 2: Written response to works and translation (1 Hour, 40 Minutes) is 60 marks (30% of the qualification).
  • Oral Examination: Speaking Test (30 Minutes) is 72 marks (30% of the qualification).


We will admit Candidates for AS Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C or above. This should include Spanish.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

Additional Reading:

There is an accompanying CD for the AS Spanish course, offering the opportunity to practice speaking and listening skills. Students also receive access to Kerboodle resources published by OUP / Nelson Thornes. Students will be provided with a username and password to the Kerboodle interface after they receive their course materials.

The following books are also required to work alongside your course materials.

  • Edexcel A level Spanish (includes AS) Paperback. (ISBN: 978-1471858314)

You will also need to acquire the literary texts which are selected for this course. These are:

  • Bodas de sangre (ISBN: 978-9505811106)

In addition to the textbooks you also need a good dictionary. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

As a registered student you can speak to an exams officer and get a list of centres used by previous students. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then we would advise contacting Edexcel for a list of Edexcel registered centres in your area. Edexcel exam centres are able to submit entries for any qualification that they are approved to offer.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the AS Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. Edexcel do allow their A Level examinations to be sat outside of the UK at suitable centres (e.g. British consulates and registered International Schools) but students would need to contact Edexcel to find out if this is possible in their area.

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