Learning a new language allows you to connect with different people and their cultures. You think, communicate and create ideas through language.
Spanish is useful for both business and travel. Around 400 million people worldwide speak Spanish, especially in South American countries such as Mexico and Venezuela. Spain is a beautiful country rich in history and culture, making it a popular holiday destination for British people. And, Spain is also an important trading partner of the UK. Many companies need employees who are fluent in one or more European languages. So, learning Spanish gives you many options for your future career.
The skills you develop in Spanish are useful in many different career areas such as travel and tourism, languages, teaching and in trade and industry.
To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:
This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:
The course comprises three compulsory units and an assessment.
The course assessment consists of four components totalling 200 marks:
The performance – You will demonstrate your skills in Spanish by talking about themes or topics related to the specialist study area and at least one context from Society, Learning, Employability or Culture studied in the Understanding Spanish or Using Spanish areas, or in preparation of the portfolio.
The portfolio – You will produce a piece of writing in English of 1,200 – 1,500 words, based on your analysis of either a piece of literature or media or language in work within the context of Spanish.
The performance component is set and verified externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), and assessed and marked by your school or college.
Both the question papers and the assignment are set and externally marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
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