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Year 9 Options Process - Spanish

Introduction

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Spanish is an academic subject that is rich in powerful knowledge. It allows pupils to have a deeper and broader vocabulary and strengthens communication, employability and personal skills, which will help them to not only succeed as local citizens, but push them to soar at an international level. In learning a second language, it also deepens your understanding of your first language and improves the overall quality of it.

It provides pupils with the opportunity to boost their brain power as they work out new meaning, endeavour to communicate and develop key listening skills such as cognitive thinking and problem solving. Pupils will develop knowledge on real world topics such as the celebrity culture, environment, poverty and homelessness, which will give them a deeper understanding of societal and global issues. It enables students improve their oracy and literacy as they engage in a variety of discussion based and written tasks, thus becoming more confident speakers and writers. Learning a language offers pupils an opening to other cultures, fosters curiosity and deepens their understanding of the world.

Course Details

The Spanish department offers a broad subject content that covers a variety of topics that will interest and inspire our students to engage in learning about a different culture and immerse themselves in the language. Students will not only engage in content that is familiar to them such as free time, technology, celebrity culture and school, but also develop their knowledge of topics such as the environment, poverty, homelessness and healthy and unhealthy living. Students will become rigorous learners with a high focus on iterative testing and mastery of knowledge being embedded throughout the Spanish curriculum to ensure that pupils develop the four key skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) that are needed to confidently acquire a second language.

At GCSE, learners study topics across three different themes. The themes are broken down into: 

-People and lifestyle 

-Popular culture 

-Communication and the world around us 

Within these three themes, pupil will revisit previously taught topics such as identify and relationships, free time, life at school and technology. They will also be introduced to exciting new topics such as celebrity culture, customs and festivals, media and the environment.  

Pupils will also: 

-Further develop their speaking skills with the goal of being able to confidently hold a conversation in Spanish on any topic covered throughout their language learning journey.  

-Have access to bespoke revision materials through Exampro that can be tailored to the individual needs of each pupil.  

-Develop their understanding of the Spanish-speaking world through music, cinema, literature and historic and current events.  

Progression beyond GCSE

A grade 4 or higher Spanish GCSE will make you a more competitive candidate when applying for colleges, apprenticeships and university compared to those who do not have the qualification. Some universities, like University College London, require a Modern Foreign Languages GCSE for entry across all degrees. Languages are classified as facilitating subjects: which are subjects favoured by top universities for a whole range of degree courses, so they are a great option, whatever you want to do!

Where will the course take you?

Having a Spanish GCSE is incredibly useful and sometimes essential if you want to work in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality and tourism. Career paths include tour guide, museum curator, tour operator.
  • Publishing and media. Career paths include journalist, editor, writer, influencer/content creator.
  • Education. Career paths include languages teacher, private tutor, university lecturer.
  • Recruitment and HR. Career paths include recruitment consultant, HR officer and training manager.
  • Law. Career paths include barrister, solicitor, magistrate, court usher.
  • Advertising and marketing. Career paths include marketing consultant/manager, copywriter, public relations officer and researcher.
  • Astronaut – it is a requirement to be able to be a second language if you want to enter the space training programme!

Course structure and assessment

  • AQA
  • 100% Formal Exam
  • Paper 1: listening 25% of final grade
  • Paper 2: speaking 25% of final grade
  • Paper 3: reading 25% of final grade
  • Paper 4: writing 25% of final grade
  • Tiering: foundation and higher
  • Grading: foundation – grade 1 to 5, higher – grade 1 to 9

Student work

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Further information