Spanish AS Level

A variety of set texts and films, rich in cultural references will help you progress to the next level in learning Spanish, one of the world’s most widely spoken languages with over 400 million native speakers.

This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.



Course requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in Spanish is recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an AS level course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Some students allow 18-24 months to complete an AS level, but others complete the course within a year.


This course follows specification 7691 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.


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

Exams and assessment

Three exams:
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None


Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 5 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • AQA A level Spanish, JA García Sánchez, T Weston and M Thacker, Hodder Education 2016

Additional resources:
  • 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

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

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How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

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