Type of course: GCSE (AQA8658)
How is the course assessed?
Controlled assessment writing (25%)
Listening end of year examination paper (25%)
Reading end of year examination paper (25%)
Speaking Controlled Assessment (25%)
What topics/ units will you study?
Theme 1: Identity and Culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need?
This course would suit someone with an interest in foreign culture and language. Students will ideally have good literacy skills and be able to remember new words and vocabulary easily and be willing to speak and practise speaking out loud. They must enjoy conversation; have good listening skills and pay attention to detail. It may seem that everyone speaks English, but in fact 75% of the world’s population does not. Languages at GCSE are fun to learn. You listen to songs, watch TV and read comics and books all in a different language.
Being able to speak to locals when you go on holiday is just one of the many reasons why you should learn a language at GCSE. You may even encounter an opportunity to speak a foreign language in your hometown or local community as there are many tourists visiting England. Learning a foreign language can build your communication, interpersonal, intercultural, and public speaking skills – otherwise known a ‘soft skills’. Some studies have also shown that learning another language can improve your ability to multi-task and block out distractions.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
Trips to the University of Manchester and Institute Cervantes
Educational visits to France & Spain
Cinema trips to watch French and Spanish films
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
You may fancy working abroad. UK businesses need linguists and a little bit of knowledge of a second language will help you in careers from technology to customer service, and can even be helpful when looking for summer jobs, particularly in tourism. Other job/educational opportunities include:
Languages at A Level Travel and tourism industry
Marketing Manager Journalism
Recruitment Consultant Secondary School Teacher
Financial Controller Business – various roles
Personal Assistant Interpreter
How will this course help you to get a job?
If you are able to speak a foreign language, it will increase your chances of finding work abroad, whatever job you want to do. Most big companies have offices in more than one place too. For example Google has 70 offices all over the world – from Bogota to Beijing, so being able to speak a second language could increase your chances of getting hired and moving up within a company, even if it’s not the main part of the job.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
Mrs Senger-Jones 1R1 or Miss Ludlow 1R2
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"Learning a language gives you the opportunity to travel around the world."
Year 10 student
"Learning a language is like entering a new realm of culture."
Year 11 student
"Learning a language is an advantage for you becuase it gives you the confidence to communicate and learn about other cultures."
Year 11 student