The study of the Spanish language goes so much further than the confines of the classroom. During this course you will study a range of topics that will include learning, not just the formation of the language but also gaining an understanding and appreciation of Spanish culture; music, art, gastronomy, traditions in mainland Spain and in the 20 other Hispanic countries.
Learning Spanish is beneficial in many ways; to be very attractive to future employers, to have a better understanding of other cultures, for travel and to boost your brainpower. More people speak Spanish in the world than English and so by learning this language you will be able to communicate and connect with over 400 million people in the world.
What is the exam board and specification?
AQA GCSE Spanish 8698 AQA | Languages | GCSE | Spanish
What will you study?
During the course, you will study three main themes of identity and culture; Local, national and international areas of interest and current and future study and employment.
These three themes are then broken down into different topic areas.
Theme 1 covers me, my family and friends, technology, free time activities, customs and festivals in Spanish speaking countries.
Theme 2 covers home town, neighbourhood and region, social issues, global issues, travel and tourism
Theme 3 covers my studies, life at school and college, education post- 16, jobs, career choices and ambitions
How will you be assessed?
Students are assessed on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. There are four equally weighted papers, one for each skill and students can be entered for either the Foundation or Higher tier.
What qualities do I need to be successful in the subject?
To be successful in Spanish you need to be prepared to learn vocabulary and to listen to as much spoken Spanish as possible. It is important to have a go and not worry about being 100% perfect, with practise you will gain both confidence and fluency. Spanish is a perfect choice if you are interested in travelling, connecting with people in other countries, and broadening your horizons.
What future opportunities can I have with this subject?
Language students are very attractive to prospective employers due to their knowledge, skills and experience with different cultures. England needs to become a global market so knowing another language is more important than ever. Studying Spanish opens up a range of career opportunities such as:
Interpreter, translator, careers in diplomatic service, telecommunications, journalism, finance, tourism, human resources, marketing, and teaching.
Who should I contact for further information?
Please contact Mrs Kelly for further information