Key Stage 4

Spanish

Why should I choose to study GCSE Spanish?

Did you know, there are more than 400 million native speakers of Spanish worldwide, making Spanish the second most spoken language after Mandarin Chinese, and that Spanish is the second most used language in international communication, after English?

This course will give you the ability and confidence to understand and communicate in spoken and written Spanish and prepare you for further study at A level. If you enjoyed learning Spanish in Year 9 and are keen to continue this challenge you will build on the skills you have already acquired in listening: reading, speaking and writing.

What will I learn about?

The following topics are studied during the course:

Leisure
Home and Environment
Work and Education
Lifestyle and social issures
Family and friends
Even though the course is of a practical and useful nature, GCSE students will also acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of Spanish grammar.

How will my work be assessed?

Each of the four skill areas will be allocated 25% of the final mark. You will be entered for all papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

What courses could I go on to study?

Languages at GCSE provide a real kick-start to learning a second or a third foreign language in later life and if taken as an ‘elective’, as is often the possibility with many university courses. Languages at GCSE provide a firm foundation for study at A level.

What jobs can this qualification lead to?

Increasingly languages are becoming more valued, remunerated and needed in the job market and provide a valued and sought after skillset. Apart from the direct use of languages in teaching, translating and interpreting it is a valued support skill and can often open doors to jobs and careers involving travel, hospitality and all aspects of international commerce.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Spanish please speak to Mrs Robinson, Curriculum Area Leader: Languages or Mr Byard, Second in Department: Languages

Key Stage 4

French

what will i learn about icon.jpgWhat will I learn about?

The aim of this course is to provide you with the ability and confidence to understand and communicate effectively in a foreign language using four skill areas.

You will study a number of already familiar topics in slightly greater depth; leisure, work and education, travel and holidays, families and friends. Newer areas of study will include: the environment, health and fitness, new technologies and social issues.

Listening You will listen to conversations, announcements and adverts and answer questions about them.

Reading You will read a variety of authentic materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, signs, letters, adverts, posters, notes, messages and answer questions about them.

Speaking You will prepare for and take part in 1 assessment task based on themes covered in the course.

Writing You will complete one written assessment at the end of the course which consists of translation from English into French plus a structured writing task at Foundation Tier and a more open-ended writing task at Higher Tier. ​

How will my work be assessed?

Each skill area will be allocated 25% of the final mark. You will be entered for all papers at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

What courses could I go on to study?

Languages at GCSE provide a real kick-start for those wanting to learn a second or third foreign language in later life and if taken as an ‘elective’, as is often the possibility with many university courses. Languages at GCSE provide a firm foundation for study at A level.

What jobs can this qualification lead to?

Increasingly languages are becoming more valued, remunerated and needed in the job market and provide a valued and sought after skillset. Apart from the direct use of languages in teaching, translating and interpreting it is a valued support skill and can often open doors to jobs and careers involving travel, hospitality and all aspects of international commerce.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about French please speak to Mrs Robinson, Curriculum Area Leader: Languages or Mr Byard, Second in Department: Languages.

Key Stage 5 – Modern Languages

what will i learn about icon.jpgStudying French or Spanish at A level will give practical competency as well as providing a basis for further study. We will expect you to be keen to develop your skills and be increasingly independent in your studies. Motivation, commitment and enthusiasm for the subject are essential.

The A-level course is designed to build on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It has a focus on language, culture and society as well as on grammar. Students will develop a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity.

At AS level/A Level Year 1, topic areas are likely to include:
· Aspects of French-speaking society/Hispanic society
· Artistic culture in the French-speaking world/ Hispanic world
· The study of a set film or literary text

At A Level Year 2, topic areas are likely to include:
· Social and political issues and trends relating to the French-speaking world/Hispanic society
· The study of a set film or literary texts

Exams at AS and A2 will examine all four skills:
· Listening, reading and writing exam, to include translation to and/or from English
· Writing exam, based on the texts or film studied
· Speaking exam

* Please note: there may be changes following Curriculum Reform

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about Modern Languages at A Level please speak to Mrs J Robinson, Curriculum Area Leader for MFL.

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