Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE Spanish.
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Learn Spanish in a specialist language setting
The Languages Department at Silverdale has a proud history: the school was originally a specialist language college and our excellent National Modern Languages School Centred Initial Teacher Training (NML SCITT) Hub is the only national teacher-training course in modern languages in the UK.
We aim to develop skills, confidence and creativity in the four key areas: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Our teachers are very experienced and enthusiastic, using a wide range of activities and strategies to help students enjoy learning foreign languages. Authentic resources and the use of the foreign language in lessons are a key part of language teaching at Silverdale. We offer a range of extra-curricular activities and some amazing trips abroad to enhance your language learning experience.
The department is based in six classrooms, all of which have interactive whiteboards, and has regular access to a well-equipped computer room with individual headphones. We have the latest textbooks, independent study packs and DVDs. In addition, we subscribe to a number of excellent language websites and use a wide range of interactive resources which students can access at home. We also offer a wide selection of magazines and films.
Students follow the AQA specification, which covers a wide range of topics, e.g. social issues and trends, aspects of Spanish-speaking society, multiculturalism, political and artistic culture, as well as aspects of political life in the Spanish-speaking world.
In the first year of A-level students will study a film, and in the second year they will also study a book. Students undertake the listening/writing/reading and speaking exams at the end of the second year. All students will complete an internal transition exam at the end of Year 12.
Beyond the classroom
Past activities have included:
- Year 12 study visit to Madrid, Spain.
- Visits to local universities.
- Showroom cinema events.
The government has recognised that there is a modern languages skills gap. Choosing to study a language at degree level is a way of boosting your employability.
Besides the traditional paths of interpreting, translating and teaching, students with language skills are in demand. These skills can be used in almost any career, particularly in businesses that trade internationally. There are also opportunities to work for the diplomatic service.
There are many degree courses in languages but you could also choose to combine Spanish with a new language or a subject from a different area–such as politics, music or engineering.