Spanish is designed to develop independent language skills ready for the exams in the final year of study. Students are expected to do a broad range of independent study during the course to ensure they have a good command of the relevant language.
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based in years 10 and 11.
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
Pupils studying AQA Spanish will be developing their Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills. In order to be successful pupils are expected to carry out independent learning of vocabulary and to practice grammar regularly.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9).
Students sit the following examinations:
Paper 1: Listening Paper – pupils respond to different types of spoken language across each of the themes. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 2: Speaking Exam – pupils are tested on their ability to speak the target language by describing a photo card, taking part in a role play activity and general conversation. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 3: Reading Paper – pupils answer questions based on a range of different situations and written language. There is also a translation activity from Spanish to English. (25% of final Grade)
Paper 4: Writing Paper – Students are required to write independently in response to a range of stimuli provided by photo card (Foundation tier only), bullet points, open-ended but structured writing and translation from English to Spanish. (25% of final Grade)
HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?
GCSE students must take all four question papers (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) at the same tier. This will be determined by the teacher dependent on a review of a pupil’s attainment during the course. Students will sit all their exams at the end of the course, as a result there is a high expectation that pupils will do independent learning of vocabulary and phrases to further increase their knowledge.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
Studying a language helps in any career where you are in contact with people, as we are in a world where people are constantly moving about and talking to those in different countries. It is specifically helpful for those considering careers in business, tourism, customer service, politics or interpreting/translating. and also those wanting to study, work or live abroad in the future.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Miss K Hud