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During their primary school education English speaking pupils have already started to study Spanish as a foreign language and they are introduced into the study of different subjects from the Spanish curriculum which they continue during Key Stage 3 (years 7 to 9). It is compulsory for all our students to learn Spanish.
All students take the GCSE Spanish. There is always a group of Year 11 students who prepare for this examination but there is also the option of taking it at the end of Year 10 for those pupils who have been in the school longer.
Spanish follows the AQA specification. The course comprises four different skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, each of them being worth a 25% of the final grade. It is up to the member of staff in charge of each group whether to enter the students for Higher or Foundation Tier but it is unusual to have them doing Foundation. However, this option is always available for those joining the school during year 11 or the Sixth Form.
This course will prepare our students to understand and communicate in spoken and written Spanish in various different styles. It is a large part of the course to study in depth the culture and political situation of Spanish speaking countries.
Spanish follows the Edexcel specification. To obtain the A Level qualification students must pass four different units. Year 12 usually prepare for Units 1 and 2 (Advanced Subsidiary GCE) and they complete their full A Level GCE in Spanish (Units 3 and 4).
Social Sciences bring together all disciplines whose object of study is linked to the activities and behaviour of human beings.
They analyse material and symbolic aspects of society.
These areas have become an essential part of education in any country.
During the cycle of secondary education, students study the following contents:
YEAR 8: Physical Geography, Human Geography , Prehistory , Ancient History .
YEAR 9: Medieval History , Modern History .
YEAR 10: Physical Geography, Human Geography .
YEAR 11: Contemporary World History. History of Spain .
The Department of Social Sciences has ongoing activities concerning non-formal education , where students acquire new knowledge.
Visits to sites, monuments , museums or professional activities (Archaeology workshop) are of essential importance for practical learning within Social Sciences.