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Examination Details: Eduqas

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Assessment Details

All skills must be assessed in the same tier, either Foundation (grades 1-6) or Higher (grades 5-9). All examinations to be taken at the end of the course.

Speaking: one oral examination (25%)
Listening: written examination (25%)
Reading: written examination (25%)
Writing: written examination (25%)

Course Information

The context for learning the language is organised under three broad themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

Each broad theme is divided into sub themes.

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Youth Culture

  • Self and relationships
  • Technology and social media

Lifestyle

  • Health and fitness
  • Entertainment and leisure

Customs and traditions

  • Food and drink
  • Festival and celebrations

Home and locality

  • Local areas of interest
  • Transport

Spain and Spanish speaking countries

  • Local and regional features and characteristics
  • Holiday and tourism

Global sustainability

  • Environment
  • Social issues 

Current study

  • School/college life
  • School/college studies

World of work

  • Work experience and part time jobs
  • Skills and personal qualities

Jobs and future plans

  • Applying for work/study
  • Career plans

Steps to Success in GCSE Spanish

  1. Do all work to the best of your ability and on time. If you genuinely struggle, ask your teacher for help as soon as possible. Your learning is your responsibility.
  2. Know, by heart, the past, present and future of regular verbs. Test yourself on them weekly.
  3. Know, by heart, the past, present and future of the following ten irregular verbs as a minimum: être, avoir, aller, faire, prendre, vouloir, devoir, pouvoir, boire, partir. Test yourself on them weekly.
  4. Learn vocabulary thoroughly: gender, plural form of nouns, endings of verbs. Test yourself weekly, for meaning, spelling and pronunciation.
  5. Prepare revision aids as you go along, so when you revise in the Spring of Year 11, you have your own material to use.
  6. Revise all the key vocabulary from each topic very thoroughly; the more words you know the better!  Experiment using spider diagrams and mind maps or try recording key vocabulary then playing it. Use Vocab Express to check you know all necessary vocabulary.
  7. Know your sentence and question building blocks, such as:
  • me gusta + object + porque + reason
  • time frame + subject + go + place + where + activity;
  • cuando + weather, opinion + activity + who with
  1. Give details after everything you say, using a variety of connectives.
  2. Do not repeat structures! Variety makes for much better work.
  3. Listen to Spanish songs, learn a few and sing along – it’s a very good and fun way to improve your pronunciation. Try www.lyricstraining.com

Useful websites:

www.kerboodle.com  (ask your teacher for your log in details)
www.linguascope.com  (ask your teacher for your log in details). The Intermediate section has all the GCSE topics, including fantastic vocabulary sheets to download.
www.vocabexpress.com use your own login details, track your progress and review vocabulary regularly
www.thisislanguage.com use your own login details, track your progress and listen to the videos regularly, doing a variety of activities
www.language-gym.com
www.languagesonline.org.uk
www.memrise.com to practise vocabulary on a variety of topics – a good alternative from VocabExpress when you need a change of screen format!