Students begin their GCSE in languages in year 9 at Hendon. At KS3 they have acquired the foundations in Spanish to set them up for GCSE both in terms of assessed skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and vocabulary/grammar. GCSE Spanish allows students to expand their linguistic knowledge whilst further broadening their intercultural understanding. Outside of lessons, in previous years we have had Spanish theatre performances, screening of Spanish films and trips abroad.
At KS4 we follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE Spanish. the course is assessed at the end of year 11. There are four exams – one in each of the core skills – and each accounts for 25% of the GCSE. The course has 8 modules, covering 3 different themes (Them 1: Identity and culture / Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest / Them 3: Current and future study and employment), and these are learnt across the three years whilst allowing plenty of time for revision at the end of year 11. Students are assessed at the end of each module. They sit either the foundation assessment (where they can achieve grades 1-5) or the higher assessment (where they can achieve grades 4-9) depending on where they are in the course and their individual ability.
In year 9 we cover the following units;
- Module 1: Holidays (Theme 3)
- Module 2: Life at school (Theme 2)
- Module 3: My Life (Theme 1)
In year 10 we cover the following units;
- Module 4: Interests and role models (Theme 1)
- Module 5: My city (Theme 2)
- Module 6: Habits and traditions (Theme 1)
In year 11 we cover the following units;
- Module 7: Future aspirations (Theme 3)
- Module 8: For a better world (Theme 2)
For further information, please visit the AQA Spanish website