This is a post-GCSE course. As well as course book texts, you will work on video and audio materials in our multi-media language labs, and a number of Internet and other interactive sources. All language work is firmly linked to contemporary issues and life in Spain and other Spanish speaking countries. There are plenty of chances to develop your authentic Spanish. You will have small group conversation sessions each week with our Spanish assistant, and are encouraged to follow a week’s work experience in Spain. By the end of Year 12 you will be able to study short off-air news items in Spanish and make brief summaries. You will also watch and analyse some Spanish feature films.
There are 3 components:
Speaking: 21-23 minute discussion with examiner including 5 minute preparation time.
Listening, Reading and Translating: Comprehension recordings and texts based on authentic material.
Writing: 2 essays in Spanish on a book and a film.
Examining Board – Eduqas.
Special Entry Requirements
You need to have at least a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Spanish and must have done Higher Level. The great majority of entrants have a grade 6 (B) or better. These requirements are in addition to our standard A level entry requirements.
Students do not normally study more than two languages at A Level.
Career and Progression Opportunities
Joint degree combinations are very popular, for example combining Spanish with another language, or Law, English, Business, Tourism, or indeed a wide range of other disciplines. Students going on to employment or training progress into areas such as retail and leisure and tourism.
You will develop language skills in a wide variety of ways, making full use of our two Multi-Media Language Labs and drawing on a range of sources from course books to Internet and satellite TV. In class you will carry out a lot of pair and group work designed to build up your communicative skills. Our VLE also has a range of interactive exercises including vocabulary learning and listening work. Each week, in addition to mainstream lessons, you will have contact with a native speaker through small group conversation sessions. We ‘bridge the gap’ from GCSE to AS level with considerable study skills support, and by Year 13, students are able, for example, to write confident summaries of off-air news items in lunchtime workshop sessions.
Students can undertake a work experience placement in Spain via Halsbury Work Experience.
Approximately £12 for a good bilingual dictionary. A work experience placement starts from about £500. You will also need to buy the set text in Spanish (approx £10).
Complementary Subjects or Enrichment Courses
There is the option to do a GCSE in Russian.
This information is correct for September 2018 entry.
Spanish resources for GCSE
The new GCSE (2010) has encouraged me to re-fresh my existing Spanish KS4 resources. As well as additional resources to develop speaking skills, in particular spontaneous talk, I have also been keen to integrate skills as much as possible in my teaching, both to save valuable class time and also because it seems to make sense for teaching and learning. One example of this is to test vocabulary through sentence-based gap fills, which promote comprehension skills as well as testing individual word knowledge. This is definitely a work in progress and I plan to upload lessons as I teach them during the year. The first section includes the schemes of work, and other useful documents. The second section has the vocabulary challenges and will be added to each week. The final section has the lesson resources, organised according to our SOW, which follows the Edexcel specification.
|GCSE Spanish lesson resources - Year 10 Term 1 Sport & Leisure / Media & Culture|
|Week 1||Personal Id revision and question-forming|
Lesson 1, Lesson 2 ,
Lesson 13, Lesson 14
|Week 2||Present tense verbs and expressions of frequency |
Lesson 3Present tense homework
|Week 9||Technology |
Lesson 4, Lesson 4 Handouts
Lesson 5, Notes Gustar
Lesson 6, Lesson 7
Listening & Writing activity, Speaking activity
|Week 11||Examen oral - AfL|
|Week 5||My free time |
Lesson 8, homework, Lesson 9, Speaking activity
Lesson 18, Deberes, Lesson 19
|Week 6||My free time - pocket money |
Lesson 11, Lesson 12
Lesson 21, Lesson 22
|GCSE Spanish lesson resources - Year 10 Term 2|
Lesson 23, Lesson 24
|Week 8||Film & media|
Lesson 30, Lesson 31
|Week 9||Film & media |
Lesson 32, Lesson 33
Lesson 26, Lesson 27
|Week 10||Film & media |
Lesson 34, Lesson 35
|Week 4||Deportes & repaso|
|Week 11||Repaso |
Lesson 36, 36-print version for students,Lesson 37
|Week 5||Time for CA assessments.||Week 12||Remaining time given to CA assessments.|
|Week 6||Week 13|
|Week 7||Film & media|
|GCSE Spanish lesson resources - Year 10 Term 3|
|NB: During the summer term of Y10 I shared the planning and teaching of the Holidays module with an excellent ITT student. Consequently some of the materials shared here were created by her and she in turn drew inspiration from some excellent materials on the TES website. Where they exist, I also share detailed lesson plans. |
Here is the SOW we created to share the planning: Y10 Vacaciones SoW
|Week 1||De vacaciones - lo más importante para mí|
Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 , Vacaciones - core language sheet
|Week 8||Vacaciones - los famosos|
Lesson 16, Lesson 17
|Week 2||Vacaciones - Preferencias|
Lesson 4, Lesson plan, Listening text, Worksheet 1, Adverbs + sentence-building, Reading folleto, Reading questions
|Week 9||Vacaciones - Repaso|
Lesson 18, Lesson 19
Lesson 6, Lesson plan, Que tiempo hace worksheet, Fanfold vocab, Acrostic poem, Reading texts, Reading questions, Gap-fill translations
Lesson 7, Tandem sheet
Flashcards 1-12, 13 - 24, 25 - 36, 37 - 48
Lesson 9, Lesson plan, Sports vocab, Video clip response sheet
Lesson 11, Lesson plan, Q&A match up, Reading - hotel review, Trip advisor worksheet
Lesson 13, Lesson plan, Reading - past tense, Writing task
Lesson 1, Lesson 2
Mundo laboral - core language sheet
Workbook , (pdf version)
Lesson 7bLesson 8
Lesson 11, Reading Practice questions