Spanish is a world language, spoken in 21 different countries. By studying Spanish you will not only increase your practical knowledge of foreign languages, but also your understanding of European and world culture. You will also develop communication skills that will be of great value in employment or Higher Education. This qualification is also designed to meet the requirements of the EBacc for those wishing to study any subject at University.
On the GCSE course you will develop your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics that will enable you to communicate successfully when visiting Spain. For example everyday activities such as: shopping for food and clothes; making travel arrangements or eating out.
This course is intended for beginners who have shown some ability in previous foreign language courses. You will find a sense of excitement and satisfaction in learning a new language quickly. Assessment is one of the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) at GCSE Higher or Standard level. If you are successful at Higher level you have the option of joining the AS/A2 level in a second year.
You will learn the language by practising new vocabulary and set phrases through reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. At this level there is a great emphasis on vocabulary learning, so a commitment to regular daily review of the work covered in lessons is essential.
Minimum entry requirements
GCSE Spanish is available to students who have already studied a language up to GCSE as well as to those with no previous experience; although previous study of another language, in particular French or Latin, will be an advantage.
This course is tailored to the needs of students wishing to study Spanish only up to GCSE Level and also those who may wish to continue into AS in their second year. Some who achieve excellent results may even have the opportunity of sitting AS and A2 in their second year.
How will I be assessed?
GCSE examinations are divided equally between Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Information & support
Students will have the chance to participate on an exhange visit to Spain during the spring term. This is likely to cost approximately £320.
Costs: Students will be asked to pay up to £20 for a text book.
What can I do with this qualification?
Spanish is very useful in careers such as tourism, business, marketing and hospitality. Given its dominance in South America, Central America, and even parts of the US, Spanish is a key language for anyone wishing to travel the world or work abroad.
Highlights of my studies have included an amazing trip to the Eden Project. As part of my course I completed a work experience placement at a veterinary surgery, which really helped me decide the higher education path I wanted to follow.
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