foundation years: Year 7 and 8

Foundation Years

Spanish is studied alongside French in Years 7 and 8, and it builds up the foundations needed to progress in the language to GCSE level. Throughout the two years, pupils embark in a stimulating course through speaking, listening, reading and writing activities and very importantly cultural knowledge of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Year 7

Topics studied in year 7 include:

  • Who I am
  • School
  • Family and friends
  • House, home and daily routine
  • Free time
  • My town

Year 8

Topics studied in year 8 include:

  • Local traditions
  • Holidays
  • Technology
  • Fashion

Keystone Year: year 9

Year 9 provides an opportunity to overview the 12 themes assessed by the exam board at GCSE level. Students will learn the skills needed for the exams in year 11 as well as studying the foundation content of the specification. Students will need to produce extended written and spoken language pieces as well as understanding long reading and listening passages based on the basic language introduced for each topic. At the same time, they will have to translate long simple texts into French/Spanish and English. The topics studied include Me, family and friends; Technology in everyday life; Free-time activities; Customs and festivals, home, town, neighbourhood and region; Social issues; Global issues; Travel and tourism; Life at school and jobs, career choices and ambitions.

After three years, students are prepared to make the decision about the GCSE language path they want to follow.

GCSE: years 10 and 11

Exam Board: Eduqas

The GCSE in Spanish will enable students to further develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say as well as listen to and understand in a number of informal situations.

The GCSE course is centred around three themes and students are expected to understand and give information and opinions on these themes, both relating to their own personal experiences and those of others, including those of Spanish speakers from around the world.

Year 10

Themes studied in Year 10:

  1. Identity and culture
  • Youth Culture
  • Lifestyle
  • Customs and traditions
  1. Local and national areas of interest.
  • Home and locality
  • Spain and Spanish speaking countries
  • Global sustainability

Year 11

Themes studied in Year 11:

  1. International and global areas of interest
  • Spain and Spanish-speaking countries
  • Global sustainability
  1. Current and future study and employment
  • Current study
  • World of work
  • Jobs and future plans

Students sit four, equally weighted, exams in speaking, listening, reading and writing in order to gain their overall GCSE grade.  As per the current specification, there is an element of translation both from Spanish to English and vice versa.

A Level: years 12 and 13

Exam Board: Edexcel

The A Level in Spanish has been designed to enthuse students through the study of the language, literature, film and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Throughout the course students should develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Spanish language, the culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. The course will prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile. Inspiring and engaging themes, literary texts and films will constitute the core of the course encouraging creativity, spontaneity and confident knowledge and application of grammar.

Year 12

The course will cover two main themes throughout the year:

Evolution of the Spanish society:

  • The change of the family structure
  • Work market
  • The impact of tourism in Spain

The political and artistic culture in the Spanish-speaking counties:

  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and traditions

Alongside these topics and as part of the course, students study a film and literary texts.

Year 13

The course will cover two main themes throughout the year:

Immigration and the multicultural Spanish society:

  • Immigration and the multicultural Spanish society
  • Challenges of the integration of the immigration in Spain
  • Public reaction towards immigration
  • Franco’s dictatorship and transition to democracy
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Franco’s dictatorship
  • Spanish transition from dictatorship to democracy