Cordoba, Spain
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Kate Maria

Linguist

Tutor for Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian and English

Member of The Tutors' Association

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Hi! I'm Kate, a linguist and tutor from the UK (MA in Medieval and Modern Languages from St John's College, Oxford).

 

My small team of tutors and I offer complete Spanish courses for A Level, so you can study for the qualification with us 100% online.

Students have a choice of 15 centres around the UK and worldwide where the A Level exams can be taken.

About Kate

I started my teaching career in 2008 with the Government of Andorra, where I held the post of Lecturer of English.

 

Since then, I have taught privately and at colleges in several European countries: Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal and Italy, and have mostly lived in Spain since 2009.

 

In 2019 I opened a language school in Petersfield and an online academy, with a small team of tutors and a mix of students learning for professional, academic and personal goals.

We specialise in GCSE and A Level language qualifications and can help you choose the best route to obtain the certification you need for careers, university entrance or further study.

 

Contact us to find out how we can help you to achieve the best results.

Fast Track Spanish A Level
100% online courses for home study

Your A Level Course

A Levels are an internationally-recognised qualification offering students the chance to showcase their language skills.

Students taking an online Spanish A Level have a unique opportunity to explore the Spanish-speaking world through literary, historical and cultural topics.

 

The A Level syllabus also encourages students to develop their own interests through the Independent Research Project (IRP), where they can choose their own specialist topic for discussion.

 

Why take Spanish A Level online?

An online A Level in Spanish offers you access to fast-track online courses, including full tutor support, live lectures and one-to-one tuition to ensure you reach your potential.

Through our online academy, you can access the very best learning experience with all the resources and tuition that would normally be provided in the classroom, and learn at your own pace with no limitations.

Can I switch to Spanish A Level mid-year?

 

Switching courses mid-year can be as daunting as starting from scratch, so our Spanish A Level online course is designed to be as forgiving as possible.

 

Unlike traditional educational environments, our aim is to encourage learning at the student’s pace and with their desired methods.  Only then can students truly excel and gain a deep understanding of the target language.

You can join the Spanish A Level course to supplement your college studies, or take the whole qualification with us directly.  An accelerated programme is available for those looking to switch mid-year, with full tutor support to make the process seamless and easy.

Live lectures and seminars

LIVE LESSONS: Get access to group lectures and seminars, with topic-based discussions, guest speakers and tips for exam success. ​ Our A Level lecture programme is fully interactive and live: there are no YouTube videos or pre-recorded content, just real-time teaching and immersive learning experiences.

El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

LITERATURE: Discover the literature of the Spanish-speaking world. An optional text for A-Level study is Nobel Prize-winning Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez's own favourite work, 'El coronel no tiene quien le escriba'. Students participate in lectures, seminars and translation classes. You'll learn to write high-quality essays in Spanish and discover some of the greatest writers. Most students say this is their favourite paper.

One-to-one tutor support

ONE-TO-ONE TUTOR SUPPORT: Your tailored online A Level programme can include a one-to-one weekly lesson with your tutor to challenge you and keep you on track. ​ Support is available from your tutor via email and in a dedicated forum.

Immersive events and activities

SPECIAL EVENTS: Immerse yourself in the Spanish language at every opportunity and take virtual trips to cultural events and lectures around the world. We design complimentary special events to support your learning, such as this live Flamenco concert and lecture from Madrid.

Build communication skills

CONVERSATION CLASSES: Strong speaking skills are essential for A Level success. ​ Your programme can include regular 30-minute conversation classes with a native-speaking tutor in preparation for the A Level Speaking test, so you can approach exams with confidence.

Gain a qualification

AIM HIGH: Independent candidates, home-schooled learners and those already studying at school or college are welcome on our A Level programmes. Fast-track and flexible course options are available, so you can work at your own pace and gain a qualification to showcase your skills. In 2021, 100% of our A-Level students achieved the highest grade (A*).

Learning with Us

Getting the most from your Spanish A Level course

 

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, so taking a Spanish A Level course presents exciting opportunities to interact with people from other cultures and nationalities.

 

Of course, getting the most from a Spanish A Level requires a supportive environment, immersive education, and, ideally, a personalised and tailored approach. 

 

That’s where our course comes in. We offer the complete Spanish A Level course online, so you can supplement your existing knowledge or get an internationally-recognised qualification for further study. 

A supportive learning environment

 

Better yet, our Spanish A Level course uses mixed, immersive media and teaching methods to really help you engage with the content. We offer:

 

  • One-to-one tuition and group lectures, so you can choose your own path

  • Immersive experiences: virtual visits to parts of the Spanish-speaking world and real language sources

  • A supportive environment where you can focus on your confidence speaking Spanish before jumping into the real world.

 
Focus on communication

 

Many Spanish A Level courses focus on textbook-based learning and present few opportunities for real interaction in the target language.  We feel that courses built this way lack the engagement many students need to make their learning really sink in. We understand this from our own experiences, which is why we have built our course around real-world Spanish; students are encouraged to speak and communicate with confidence.

 

Whether you’re looking to supplement your learning at college or take a complete Spanish A Level, our online A Level lessons are fun, engaging, and use real-world examples to understand how Spanish works.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Which syllabus/examination boards do you teach?

 

You can opt to take your Spanish A Level with any of the major examination boards.  We offer full A Level courses for the 3 most popular awarding bodies: AQA, Edexcel and Cambridge International.

 

AQA and Edexcel offer a challenging and rewarding A Level syllabus in Spanish.  The syllabus encourages students to explore cultural, linguistic and literary aspects of the Spanish-speaking world and to follow their own interests, developing strong study skills through the Independent Research Project.

 

Past research projects for A Level Spanish have included women's rights in Venezuela, 20th Century short fiction in Argentina and the evolution of musical styles in Flamenco.

 

The Spanish A Level papers cover all four key language skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Can I take my Spanish A Level exams outside the UK?

 

Cambridge International offer the International A Level in Spanish.  This can be taken at our partner centres outside the UK.  The International A-Level in Spanish is particularly suitable for those who already have a native level of proficiency in Spanish, or for whom English is not a first language.

 

  • Where can I take my Spanish A Level exams?

 

There are 11 centres around the UK where you can sit your exams.  International students can apply to take exams at one of our partner centres.
 

  • What are the course start dates?

 

You can start your A Level course in January, April or September but enrolment is possible at any time.  Once you enrol, your course materials will be sent out to you and you can begin studying at home.  Examination entries are made in February for the summer exam series in the same year.

 
  • When do Spanish A Level exams take place?

 

Exam dates vary each year, but generally the Spanish A Level speaking tests are conducted in May and the two written papers are taken in early to mid-June.  You will need to enter in February to take your exams in the same year.  Occasionally, late entries are possible; please contact us to enquire about availability.

  • What are the benefits of choosing an A Level in Spanish?

The A Level is the most prestigious academic qualification for school leavers in the UK.  Students usually take this qualification at the end of year 12 (age 18).

 

A Levels, or their equivalent, are a requirement for entry to British universities.  They are graded from A* (highest) though to E (lowest).  Generally, only around 19% of students achieve the top grade.

The number of students opting for A Levels in Modern Languages is declining year-on-year.  Taking a modern language enables a student to follow their own academic interests and showcase a range of transferable study skills.  It also sets a student apart from their peers and opens up a world of career possibilities.

  • What are the costs of an intensive Spanish A Level?

Taking a Spanish A Level course online is a cost-effective and fast-track alternative to studying for the qualification at school or college.

With basic course fees starting from £18 per week, students can complete the whole A Level in as little as 6 months, or study the syllabus over a whole academic year.

Students can opt to follow the study plan independently, or add a weekly one-to-one lesson for as little as £22 per week in addition to the course fee.

Examination fees are set by the relevant awarding body and our students receive a 15% discount (approx. £375 payable to the exam centre).  You can also opt to take your exams at your own school or college.

  • What are the entry requirements to enrol?

As well as students in the UK, we work with international students and independent learners, so it's not a problem if you don't already have British qualifications.

We welcome students who have already learned Spanish to GCSE level or higher (A2 - B1 - B2+, CEFR).  If necessary, we can arrange an initial assessment to establish your current level.

  • How can I register my interest?

A limited number of places is available to join our courses each year.  Please contact us to arrange an initial consultation.

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