GCSE

Students aged 13 to 15 (Year 9 to 11) join the GCSE programme at the College. The programme provides excellent preparation for gaining an A-Level qualification, and is personalised for each student to suit individual strengths and interests.

Pre-GCSE

Whilst the GCSE qualification is gained through the successful completion of Year 10 and 11, we do advise students to join in Year 9 for the Pre-GCSE year to prepare fully for their GCSE studies at the College. This is particularly advisable for international students who will also be able to work on their English language level and get used to their new life in London.

One year intensive

At Ealing Independent College, we excel at helping students who have underachieved in their GCSE courses, who would like to retake subjects, secure the academic results they require to continue on to a successful A-Level qualification at the College. Students usually study five subjects on this demanding programme.

Wide range of subjects

Students can choose from a wide range of subjects, which ensures a good breadth of disciplines within the programme. Each student’s programme will consist of at least eight GCSE subjects, and all students are encouraged to follow a programme leading to the English Baccalaureate.

Click on the links below for subject overview and details. 

Course Summary

GCSE-level Art (Art and Design, Fine Art)

What exam board does the College do?

AQA GCSE-level Art and Design, Fine Art (4200)(4202)

How is the subject assessed?

Students are required to sit the following:

Unit 1 Portfolio of Work, Controlled Assessment (80 marks – 60% ) set and marked by centre and moderated by AQA. Candidate portfolio selected from work undertaken during course of study and must include more than one project.

Unit 2 Externally Set Task (80 marks – 40%) Question papers issued from 1 January. Marked by centre and moderated by AQA. Unlimited preparation time. 10 hours of sustained focused study. Candidates respond to their chosen starting point.

What content is covered?

For Art and Design: Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two and/or three-dimensional media, techniques and processes including both traditional and new technologies. They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product. Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs. Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

Candidates should produce practical and critical/ contextual work associated with two or more of the endorsements listed:

Applied: a range of two-dimensional or three-dimensional practice specifically vocational in nature, with content reflecting work-related and client-orientated contexts in art, craft and design

Fine Art: drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, lens-based and/or light-based media: film, animation, video and photography

Graphic Communication: illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, web design, lens-based and/or light-based media: film, animation, video and photography

Textile Design: fashion and costume, printed and/ or dyed fabrics and materials, domestic textiles, constructed and/or stitched and/or embellished textiles

Three-Dimensional Design: ceramics, sculpture, installation, jewellery, body adornment, exhibition design, design for theatre, television and film, interior design, product design, environmental art and design, and architectural design

Photography: lens-based and light-based media including theme-based photography (portrait, landscape, still-life, reportage), documentary photography, photo-journalism, narrative photography, experimental imagery, photographic installation, new media practice, video, television and film.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in art, craft and design that encourages direct engagement with original work  and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

For Fine Art: Candidates should be introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of fine art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies. They should explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Fine Art, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples which should be integral to the investigating and making process. Responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate the candidates’ understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. Candidates should be aware of the four assessment objectives to be evidenced in the context of the content and skills presented and of the importance of process as well as product. Candidates should explore drawing for different purposes and needs. Candidates may use sketchbooks/workbooks/ journals to support their work where appropriate.

Candidates are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, such as those listed below. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas: Painting and drawing, Mixed media, including collage and assemblage, Sculpture, Land art, Installation, Printmaking: relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography, Lens-based and/or light-based media and new media: film, television, animation, video and photography. Some areas of study may also be relevant to other endorsements; within Fine Art, sculpture is usually work created in response to a personal idea, theme or intention. In Three-Dimensional Design, sculpture is usually work designed and created for purpose. Film, animation, video and photography methods within Fine Art are usually used to convey a personal response to an idea, theme or issue.

Candidates are required to integrate critical, practical and theoretical study in Fine Art that encourages direct engagement with original work and practice. Where direct engagement may not be possible, the expectation is that work should include appropriate and explicit critical study. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate practical skills in the context of specific chosen areas of study or any combined areas of study.

What skills do I need to study it?

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills and techniques in the context of their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art or Art and Design:

Making appropriate use of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form

using different approaches to recording images, such as, observation, analysis, expression and imagination. Showing in their work an understanding of the conventions of representational and abstract/ non-representational imagery and genres. Investigating different ways of working, as appropriate to their chosen area(s) of study within Art and Design or Fine Art. Providing evidence of an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure. Finally providing evidence of the use of safe working practices.

Candidates must show knowledge and understanding of:

How ideas, feelings and meanings are conveyed in images, artefacts and products in their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art or Art and Design. A range of art, craft and design processes in two and/or three-dimensions and traditional and new media and technologies. How images, artefacts and products relate to their social, historical, vocational and cultural contexts

a variety of approaches, methods and intentions of contemporary and historical artists, craftspeople and designers from different cultures and their contribution to continuity and change in society in their chosen areas(s) of study within Fine Art. A working vocabulary and knowledge of specialist terms relevant to their chosen area(s) of study within Fine Art.

What could study in this subject lead to?

Studying this subject gives the ideal preparation for going on to take Art at A-Level.

Course Summary

Biology is a popular and successful subject within the college. All students take it as part of a balanced Science programme in year 9. The department offers IGCSE courses in Biology and Dual Award Science.

Key features and benefits are of IGCSE Biology:

• Includes aspects of science appropriate for the 21st century

• A straightforward linear assessment

• Single tier assessment

• Assessment of investigative skills through examination

• Provides a sound foundation for progression to GCE Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced Level, and other comparable post-16 qualifications.

Content and Assessment

Biology paper 1

Assessment: June (2 hr exam; 66% total IGCSE)

 Content

• Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms

• Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms• Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance

• Section 4: Ecology and the environment

• Section 5: Use of biological resources

Biology paper 2

First assessment June (1 hr exam; 33%  total IGCSE mark)

 Content

• Section 1: The nature and variety of living organisms

• Section 2: Structures and functions in living organisms

• Section 3: Reproduction and inheritance

• Section 4: Ecology and the environment

• Section 5: Use of biological resources 

Exam Board

Edexcel

Options

N/A

Pass Rate 

A*- C = 100%

Course Summary

IGCSE Chemistry

What exam board does the College do?

EDEXCEL IGCSE Chemistry (two year course)
2017-18 is the final year of examinations of the current specification
From 2017-18 the new specification (4CH1) will be taught from Year 10

How is the subject assessed?

Students are required to sit two exams for the triple award Science program:

Paper 1: worth 120 marks (2 hour paper)
Paper 2: worth 60 marks (1 hour paper)
Controlled assessment: There is no controlled assessment for this course.

The final grade awarded is based upon the combined total of both papers

Those entered for the Dual Award Science exam will only be required to sit Paper 1 in each of the three science subjects.

What content is covered?

Paper 1 involves an overall understanding of the following key subject areas:

  • Particles: Kinetic Theory and Diffusion; atomic structure; Structure and Bonding of materials; Rates of Reaction; Formulae and Chemical Equations
  • Essential Background Chemistry: Oxides; the Reactivity Series; Acid-Base reactions and making salts; the Periodic Table; Electrolysis; Enthalpy Changes; Introduction to Equilibria and Reversible Reactions; Techniques for Separating and Analysing.
  • Industrial Inorganic Chemistry: Industrial processes to extract metals from their ores; Manufacture of important Chemicals
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry: Products from Crude Oil; Key organic reactions; Synthesis of Polymers.
  • Chemistry Calculations: A range of calculations using balanced equations, electrolysis cells, Titration experiments and energy changes.
     

Paper 2 involves a more in depth understanding of any of the key subject areas of the syllabus. To facilitate this higher level of understanding, certain aspects of the syllabus will be covered in more detail.

What skills do I need to study it?

This course would suit those who can combine an enquiring and analytical mind with strong writing skills and a desire to question beyond the syllabus requirements. Use of independent study to further ones understanding of the core subject matter is essential for those desiring top grades from this syllabus.

What could study in this subject lead to?

This subject forms part of the skills set outlined by the science and mathematics group of disciplines. The course prepares students well for continuing to study Chemistry at A-level (especially under the Edexcel syllabus). 

Course Summary

GCSE English Language and Literature 1ENO and 1 ETO

What exam board does the College do?

Edexcel English Language and Literature

This is the new style specification as the previous one has now been withdrawn. 

How is the subject assessed?

Students are required to sit four exams; all are closed text (ie texts are not allowed in the exam)

English Language

Paper 1 one hour and 45 minutes (worth 40 marks) Fiction and Imaginative Writing.

Paper 2 Two hours (worth 60 marks) Non-fiction and Transactional Writing.

English Literature

Paper 1 one hour 45 minutes (worth 40 marks) Shakespeare and post 1914 Literature.

Paper 2 two hours and a quarter (worth 40 marks) 19th Century Novel and Poetry since 1789

What content is covered?

English language

Paper 1

Reading questions requiring an evaluation and analysis of unseen extract from 19th Century fiction.  One question of creative writing on a choice of two writing tasks.

Paper 2

Reading questions on two thematically linked 20thor 21st Century non- fiction prose. Second question is a choice of two writing tasks (speech, letter, article blog) linked by a theme to the reading task.

English Literature

Paper 1

Reading question requiring an evaluation and analysis of language, form, structure and context of Macbeth the Shakespeare play studied. Written critical and informed personal response to one of two tasks on the novel  Animal Farm  by George Orwell  studied for  the post 1914 Literature.

Paper 2

One essay question exploring an extract and the whole text of Charles Dickens’  A Christmas Carol .One question on a named poem from The Pearson Poetry Anthology  from the section entitled Relationships and one question on two unseen contemporary poems.

What skills do I need to study it?

An enjoyment of reading particularly for Dickens and Shakespeareand for wider reading generally.  A good memory for texts studied plus strong written skills. An enquiring and analytical mind, and a desire to forge links and comparisons both within and between literary and non-fiction texts. 

What could study in this subject lead to?

Studying these two subjects form part of the EBacc group of disciplines, and performing well gives the ideal preparation for progressing not only to English Literature A Level but for any other humanities or language subject.

Course Summary

I-GCSE French

What exam board does the College do?

Pearson Edexcel  International GCSE French (4FR1)

How is the subject assessed?

Edexcel International GCSE in French qualification comprises three external assessments,

Paper 1: Listening:

This paper assesses listening skills across five topic areas:

Home and Abroad ,Education and Employment, Personal Life and Relationships, The World Around Us, Social Activities, Fitness and Health.

Assessment is through a 30-minute examination paper , plus five minutes’ reading time. The total number of marks for the paper is 40.

Paper 2: Reading and Writing:

This paper assesses reading and writing skills in separate sections across five topic areas: Home and Abroad, Education and Employment ,Personal life and Relationships, The world around us, Social Activities, Fitness and Health.

Assessment is through a 1-hour and 45-minute examination. The total number of marks for the paper is 80, with 40 marks for reading and 40 marks for writing.

Paper 3 Speaking:

The examination is made up of three tasks (A, B and C). Students will present and answer questions on a picture. They will also discuss two different topics from the 5 studied topic areas, chosen at random by the Awarding Body.

Total assessment time is 8-10 minutes. The total number of marks for the paper is 40.

First teaching September 2017

First examination  June 2019

What content, aims and objectives are achiveved?

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to develop:

  • understanding and use of written forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • understanding and use of the spoken forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes
  • the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through the written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through speaking, using a range of vocabulary and structures
  • a knowledge and understanding of the target language grammar and its practical application
  • a knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the target language is spoken
  • a suitable foundation for further study of the target language, or another language

What skills do I need to study it?

Students must be able to identify and note main points, deduce the meaning of words from context, extract specific details ,identify points of view, be able to communicate information relevant to the topics and questions verbally and in written form, recognise attitudes, emotions and opinions in both written and spoken language. Students should also show a positive attitudes towards Modern Foreign Language Learning.

What could study in this subject lead to?

Languages are becoming increasingly important in today’s society. Learning a language enhances the students’ opportunities to travel abroad or to study at a university abroad, it also broadens your horizons by giving deeper insight into other cultures and will ultimately increase your employability in the global market place. Besides, GCSE  knowledge in French allows you to communicate effectively  and confidently with French native speakers in both speech and writing. 

Course Summary

GCSE Geography B

What exam board does the College do?

Edexcel GCSE Geography B  (2GB01)

http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Geography-B/2009/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/9781446911914_GCSE_Lin_Geog_B_Issue_5.pdf

2016-2017 is the final year of this specification. From 2017-2018, the new specification, Edexcel GCSE Geography B (1GB0), will be taught.

What content is covered and how is the subject assessed?

Unit 1: Dynamic Planet

What's assessed

• Restless Earth, Changing Climate, Battle for the Biosphere and Water World

• Either Coastal Change and Conflict or River Processes and Pressures

• Either Oceans on the Edge or Extreme Environments

How it's assessed 

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes 

• 78 marks 

• 25% of GCSE 

Unit 2: People and the Planet 

What's assessed

• Population Dynamics, Consuming Resources, Globalisation and Development Dilemmas 

• Either The Changing Economy of the UK or Changing Settlements in the UK 

• Either The Challenges of an Urban World or The Challenges of a Rural World 

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

• 78 marks

• 25% of GCSE

Unit 3: Making Geographical Decisions

What's assessed

• This unit will assess students’ ability to make decisions about geographical issues and justify them

• The unit includes the pressures (conflicts), players and options that are involved in making geographical decisions and which are related to sustainable development and environmental issues

How it's assessed

• Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 53 marks

• 25% of GCSE

Unit 4: Investigating Geography

What's assessed

For this unit students need to complete a fieldwork investigation and report. They must complete one of the tasks provided by Edexcel, on one of the following themes: coastal environments, river environments, rural/countryside environments, town/city environments.

How it's assessed

• Controlled assessment

• 50 marks

• 25% of GCSE

What skills do I need to study it?

It is important to have a broad way of thinking, considering geographical issues using the three pillar approach (economic, social, environmental), and at different scales with different players and stakeholders involved.

What could study in this subject lead to?

Geography at GCSE level will provide ideal preparation for students to pursue Geography at A-level. Further done the track, Geography opens up many doors for university study and ultimately careers, ranging from human to physical geography, including areas such as GIS and mapping to urban or transport planning to sustainability or development work.

Course Summary

This course comprises 10 units, taught over 2 years. The course is designed to enable students to communicate confidently and clearly in the language, both through the spoken and written word. This modern course involves the study of contemporary language in writing and speech.

Content and Assessment

  • Year 10 Units 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B part 1
  • Year 11 Units 3B contd, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B

Content

  • Life at home; family, friends and relationships
  • Local area, facilities and getting around
  • Sports, outdoor pursuits and healthy lifestyle
  • Food and drink
  • Socialising, special occasions and festivals
  • TV, films and music
  • Holidays and exchanges
  • Environmental issues and life in other countries
  • School life in the UK and francophone countries
  • Work experience, future study and jobs, working abroad

Assessment

Homework tasks include:

  • Exam type tasks
  • Talk/presentation to give to class/group; building blocks using words/phrases; peer/self-assessment; creative work for display; peer teaching, teach parents/friends
  • Research French websites; research Francophone countries and cultures; producing quizzes, games or leaflets for grammar or language points
  • Listening to radio/watching TV to report back; dictionary exercises (find 5 adjectives/words beginning with …, build own glossary, word of the week)
  • Read for pleasure; read with exercises; prepare resources (e.g. mini-flashcards for use in group games)
  • Produce word-search, crossword, acrostic, mnemonic; write a conversation; devise exercises
  • Devise test questions; devise mark-schemes; make up a song/poem/rap; write opinions on 10 items
  • Choose correct definition for words; make notes from text; match questions and answers

End of topic controlled conditions assessments:

  • Speaking – Internally conducted, controlled conditions, marked by the College Teacher-examiner. Students undertake recorded Speaking assessment as end-of-topic oral tests. Task types can be two activities each lasting 4-6 minutes: open interaction, non-scripted play, transactional situation (role-play), discussion about a photo, picture of something personal to the student, short presentation about issue of interests to student.
  • Writing – Internally conducted, controlled conditions, externally marked. Students undertake the Writing assessment as end-of-topic written tests, e.g.an article for a magazine, a web page, a blog, or a letter. 

Each session can be a maximum of one hour.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Options

N/A

Pass Rate 


A* – D = 100%

Course Summary

GCSE History

What exam board does the College do?

AQA GCSE History B (9145)

2016-2017 is the final year of this specification. From 2017-2018, the new specification, AQA GCSE History (8145), will be taught.

How is the subject assessed?

Students are required to sit two exams, Paper 1 (worth 60 marks) and Paper 2 (worth 69 marks), along with Controlled Assessment (worth 40 marks). The exam questions range from 4 to 13 marks, from short answers explaining key events, to source based questions analysing accuracy and finally longer essays which evaluate a range of factors and look to come to an overall judgement.

What content is covered?

Paper 1 involves three topics which are:

Causes of the First World War

Peacemaking and the League of Nations

Hitler’s Foreign Policy and the outbreak of the Second World War

Paper 2 also covers three topics, but as depth studies:

The Roaring 20s: USA 1920-1929

Depression and the New Deal: USA 1929-1941

War in Vietnam: 1954-1975

Controlled Assessment:

Two source based extended essays, worth 16 and 24 marks respectively, on the British People in War, comparing World War One and World War Two.

What skills do I need to study it?

An enquiring and analytical mind, strong writing skills and a desire to question the world around us are all vital to performing well at History. 

What could study in this subject lead to?

Studying this subject forms part of the EBacc group of disciplines, and performing gives the ideal preparation for going on to take History at A-Level.

Course Summary

A comprehensive course equipping students with the skills needed to pursue further studies in a wide range of Maths and Science related courses.

All students follow the new Edexcel 1MA1 syllabus. This comprises of three exams sat in the summer. Students will be awarded a grade 1-9, where 9 is the maximum possible grade and 1 is the lowest possible grade. A grade 5 is considered a ‘good pass’, equivalent to a current grade C. Most students are entered for the Higher tier (4-9) but Foundation (1-5) is also available. All three papers are 1h30 in duration and carry 80 marks. All three papers can examine any content from the course.

1H: Non-Calculator (80 marks, 1h30)
2H: Calculator (80 marks, 1h30)
3H: Calculator (80 marks, 1h30)

Year 10, 11 and GCSE Intensive will all receive 6 periods per week of teaching for mathematics. 

Content and Assessment

There are two exams in June, one non-calculator and one calculator. There is no coursework. Please see list of subjects covered in this course below. 

  • Fractions and decimals
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Simple algebra
  • Solution of equations
  • Trial and improvement
  • Rearranging formulae
  • Quadratic equations
  • Areas and Volumes
  • Geometry of the circle
  • Probability
  • Straight lines
  • Standard form
  • Geometrical constructions
  • Transformations
  • Averages
  • Box plots
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Surds
  • Vectors
  • Pythagoras
  • Trigonometry
  • Sine and cosine rules
  • Histograms

Course Summary

Physics deals with a fundamental understanding of how nature works. It incorporates an understanding in the behaviour of particles and waves through the language of mathematics to fully appreciate its true beauty.

This subject is useful if you wish to study Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Particle Physics, Electricity, Electronics, Engineering (all types) Medical Physics, Physical Chemistry and more…

Content and Assessment

IGCSE can be taken as a Double Award or a Triple Award. For the Double Award, Students need to do Paper 1 (4PHO/1P). For the Triple Award, Students need to do Paper1 and Paper 2 (4PHO/2P)

Paper 1

A two hour paper that consists of:
Forces and motion; which is Interpreting graphs, F=ma , Vector ideas about Forces, Momentum, Moment of a Force,  Hooke’s Law for spring, rubber band and a metal wire. F-e graphs and elastic behaviour, Astronomy, orbital speed.

Electricty; Hazards of electricity, insulation, earthing, fuses, circuit breakers Electrical heating, , a.c. and d.c. Series and parallel circuits,  graphs for wires, filament lamps, diodes LDRs, thermistors, LEDs, Ohm’s Law, electrostatic charges, laws and safety aspect of them.

Waves; Longitudinal and transverse waves, reflection, refraction, diffraction and total internal reflection, analogue and digital signals, sound and determination of the frequency of a sound wave, Energy resources and energy transfer; Energy transfer and efficiency, Work done, kinetic energy, gravitational potential, conduction and convection, Energy resources and electricity generation,

Paper 2

A one hour paper that consists of;

Solids liquids and gases; Density, mass and volume, pressure, three states of matter, Ideal gases and the gas laws, Kelvin temperature scale.

Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Laws of magnets, field lines, magnetic field around a current carrying conductor, electromagnets, force on a charged particle in a magnetic field, electric motors, Fleming’s Left Hand Rule, induced electricity, transformers, step up and down.

Radioactivity and Particles; structure of the atom, atomic and mass number, alpha beta and gamma rays and their properties, half-life and dangers of ionisation, alpha particle scattering and their implication, fission and chain reaction.
Although a lot of practical work is carried out throughout the year, NO course work is needed for the exam.

Exam Board

Edexcel

Options

N/A

Pass Rate 

A*- C = 100%

Course Summary

IGCSE Spanish

What exam board does the College do?

Pearson Edexcel  International GCSE Spanish (4SP1)

How is the subject assessed?

Edexcel International GCSE in Spanish qualification comprises three external assessments,

Paper 1: Listening:

This paper assesses listening skills across five topic areas:

Home and Abroad ,Education and Employment ,Personal Life and Relationships ,The World Around Us ,Social Activities, Fitness and Health.

Assessment is through a 30-minute examination paper , plus five minutes’ reading time. The total number of marks for the paper is 40.

Paper 2: Reading and Writing:

This paper assesses reading and writing skills in separate sections across five topic areas: Home and Abroad, Education and Employment ,Personal life and Relationships, The world around us, Social Activities, Fitness and Health.

Assessment is through a 1-hour and 45-minute examination. The total number of marks for the paper is 80, with 40 marks for reading and 40 marks for writing.

Paper 3 Speaking:

The examination is made up of three tasks (A, B and C). Students will present and answer questions on a picture. They will also discuss two different topics from the 5 studied topic areas, chosen at random by the Awarding Body.

Total assessment time is 8-10 minutes. The total number of marks for the paper is 40.

First teaching September 2017

First examination June 2019

What content is covered?

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to develop:

• understanding and use of written forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes

• understanding and use of the spoken forms of the target language, in a range of familiar and practical contexts, and for a variety of purposes

• the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through the written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures

• the ability to communicate effectively in the target language through speaking, using a range of vocabulary and structures

• a knowledge and understanding of the target language grammar and its practical application

• a knowledge and understanding of countries and communities where the target language is spoken

• a suitable foundation for further study of the target language, or another language

What skills do I need to study it?

Students must be able to identify and note main points , deduce the meaning of words from context , extract specific details, identify points of view, be able to communicate information relevant to the topics and questions verbally and in written form, recognise attitudes, emotions and opinions in both written and spoken language. Students should also show a positive attitudes towards Modern Foreign Language Learning

What could study in this subject lead to?

Languages are becoming increasingly important in today’s society. Learning a language enhances the students’ opportunities to travel abroad or to study at a university abroad, it also broadens your horizons by giving deeper insight into other cultures and will ultimately increase your employability in the global market place. Besides,  GCSE knowledge in Spanish allows you to communicate effectively  and confidently with Spanish native speakers in both speech and writing. 

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