This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
GCSE linguists have the opportunity to continue their studies of Spanish at Standard Level and for those considering languages at university Higher Level study is available. For the non-GCSE language students or for those seeking to learn a new language the ab initio (from beginning) Standard Level course is an excellent introduction to a new language covering the basics through topics such as family and friends, work and leisure, and town and country living. Residential visits are available at all levels to help develop speaking skills and to provide valuable cultural insights; recent visits have included Madrid.
You will be assessed both internally and externally in reading, writing and speaking.
The Higher and Standard Level courses are ideal preparation for university study of Spanish, modern languages, classics, European/Latin American/American studies or international business/law. In the global era, knowledge of a foreign language at any level offers a clear advantage in any career.
For Higher Level, you must have achieved a 9 or 7 in GCSE Spanish and for Standard Level a 6 grade or above is required. It is also essential to have an interest in the current affairs and cultures of Spanish speaking countries.