Through learning Spanish, you will broaden and support your knowledge of modern foreign languages and, by successfully completing an accelerated language course, you will also show that you are a very competent language learner. This will be particularly relevant if you are contemplating starting a language at university that you have not studied at school. Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world and is therefore an extremely useful language, both in enhancing your employment prospects and in allowing you to make the most of your trips and visits to Spanish speaking countries.
Key Stage 4 iGCSE (Edexcel) is an accelerated course in two years. Students start the course at the beginning of Year 10 with no previous knowledge of the language and take the GCSE examination at the end of Year 11.
In the Sixth Form, Spanish is offered as a Standard Level and Higher Level course within the IB Diploma Programme. This course is offered to IB students as part of their Diploma and to A level students as a complement to their other Sixth Form studies. At the end of the course, A level students will receive an IB certificate in Language B Spanish. As a Language B course, this is open to students with a sound knowledge of the language at GCSE level. Consequently, the students will be encouraged to exploit their previous experience of language learning and their understanding of the structure of language to further develop their learning of Spanish.