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What is it about?

What sort of work is done?

Building on the work done in Year 9, you will develop your reading and listening skills and also practise speaking and writing Spanish. Several topics are covered during the course. You will be encouraged to express opinions about a range of issues and explain them.

Extended Learning: There are three lessons per fortnight and tasks are usually set at least two out of the three lessons. These tasks may be: vocabulary learning, reading comprehension, a writing task based on work in the lesson or preparing for an assessment.

How is it examined?

During the course, there will be regular vocabulary tests within each module of work as well as practice assessment tasks in all four skills. This usually works out as one assessment in reading, listening, speaking and writing at the end of each module.

At the end of Year 11, there will be exams in the four skill areas, each providing 25% of the final grade. GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 5-1) and a Higher Tier (grades 9-4). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

What qualification will I get?

  • Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Spanish

You could go on to study Spanish in the Sixth Form and then at university, possibly combining it with another subject such as Law, Business, Travel and Tourism, Media or International Development. You could also use Spanish in many local or national companies and businesses. In addition, a language at GCSE is often an entry requirement for the most competitive degree courses across a range of subjects.

Career directions could include

Employers in many sectors welcome the problem-solving and communication skills that students develop when they study a language. Spanish is an important and widely spoken language that can lead to a variety of careers in Business, Media, Law, Science, Education, Travel and Finance. Having a language qualification can open up so many opportunities and can take you all over the world working in hospitality, the Armed Forces or teaching English abroad, the possibilities are endless! Spanish is the official language in 21 countries and having a GCSE can take you anywhere from Spain to Peru.

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