Modern Languages provides enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding. Almost all teaching will be in Spanish, and we offer a Bridging the Gap programme during the first half term. To improve your listening speaking skills, you will have regular access to the Virtual.
Government funding available
To take into account
Five Grade Cs at GCSE in appropriate subjects including Maths or English. You will need to achieve at least a grade B in Spanish at GCSE.
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Modern Languages provides enjoyable and useful lifelong skills. Whether used at work or for leisure purposes, they open up new avenues of communication and encourage a broader cultural understanding. Almost all teaching will be in Spanish, and we offer a Bridging the Gap programme during the first half term.
To improve your listening speaking skills, you will have regular access to the Virtual Language Environment, excellent IT facilities and weekly contact with a foreign language assistant. Students also have the opportunity to take part in work experience trips to Spain.
AS Course Content
There are four topics:
- Media: TV, advertising and communication technology
- Popular Culture: cinema, music and fashion / trends
- Healthy Living / Lifestyle: sport / exercise, health & well-being and holidays
- Family / Relationships: relationships within the family, friendships and marriage / partnerships
Unit 1: listening, reading and writing - 2 hour written paper (70%)
Unit 2: speaking - 35 minute test, including 20 minutes' preparation time
A2 Course Content
Continuation to A2 Spanish may be possible if there is sufficient student interest.
There are four further topics:
- The environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet
- The multicultural society: immigration, integration and racism
- Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impace of scientific and technological progress
Two cultural topics relating to a Spanish-speaking country / community: the study of that region / community; a period of its 20th century history; the work of one of its author; the work of a dramatist / poet; the work of a director / architect / musician / painter
Unit 3: listening, reading and writing examination - 2-hour written paper (70%)
Unit 4: separate oral examination (30%)
Is Spanish for you?
You will enjoy and benefit from Spanish if you:
- have shown an aptitude for languages at GCSE or in previous studies;
- are confident about expressing your views, both orally and on paper;
- are interested in current affairs and future issues, both within Europe and the wider world;
- are interested in how languages work.
Spanish and your future
Spanish can lead to a variety of careers both in this country and abroad. International companies welcome language graduates and there is the possibility of working within the European Community.