The GCSE Spanish course is designed to build upon the linguistic structures that were laid down in Spanish in Year 8. We continue to work in topic-based areas, where words and grammatical concepts are taught alongside each other.
The areas covered are:
Context 1 - Personal and Social Life
Self, family, friends, home life, shopping, meals, healthy living, illness and accident, free time, fashion, relationships, future plans.
Context 2 - The Local Community
Home town, school, education, local environment, pollution, recycling, local facilities, comparisons with other towns and regions, weather and seasons.
Context 3 - The World of Work
Work experience, part-time jobs, future careers, technology (sending messages, accessing information).
Context 4 - The Wider World
Travel and holidays, media, social issues (e,g, life of young people today, homelessness, crime, drugs, healthy living, religion, politics), life in the countries and the communities where the language is spoken.
Currently, this course is assessed through 4 terminal examinations, each worth 25%. Both the Reading and Listening papers have to be taken at the same level i.e. Foundation or Higher.
GCSE Spanish will form part of the English Baccalaureate exam and will be beneficial for entry to Higher Education courses. There may also be the possibility of visiting Spain in Year 10.
Why study Spanish?
This language is the developing in popularity due to the increase in commerce and travel. It is particularly vital for students who wish to enter the business and tourism sectors but can also be an advantage for legal studies.