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Welcome To The Spanish Department


The Spanish department aims to give students the opportunity to develop their language skills and widen their awareness and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries and communities. We focus particularly on the practical use of Spanish as a sound basis for progression to further study, higher education or employment. We believe in fostering a sense of enjoyment while covering the required curriculum but also on achieving the highest possible results for the students we teach.  The Department has enjoyed a high degree of success at GCSE with students scoring well above the national average for this subject and studying it at third level.  We are proud of you!

Spanish Department: Aims

We as a department aim to:

  • equip each student with the desire to read, write and communicate confidently in a foreign language;

  • provide opportunities for students to communicate and to learn to express themselves in a foreign language;

  • promote understanding and appreciation of the modern language and its culture;

  • promote tolerance, respect and understanding of other cultures; and

  • improve understanding of the vocabulary and grammar of English.

Spanish Department: Subject Overview

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we mainly follow the Mira textbook but often use other resources like Listos and Español Extra to enhance teaching and learning.

All students in years 8, 9 and 10 in the College study Irish and choose between either Spanish or French.

Year 8:

Term 1: An introduction to Spain and Spanish, greetings, names, ages, dates, numbers up to 31, classroom objects and instructions.

Term 2: School subjects, opinions and school food

Term 3: Family, pets, colours, higher numbers, describing what you look like.

Year 9

Term 1: Your house, your country, rooms in your house and what you do there.

Term 2: Hobbies and interests.

Term 3: Your town and what’s in it. Getting around and the weather.

Year 10

Term 1: Shopping for clothes, colours and sizes, jobs

Term 2: Food and drink, eating out in Spain

Term 3: Going to the doctor, going on holiday (GCSE unit).


Key Stage 4

Studying Spanish develops your language skills and knowledge by raising your awareness and widening your understanding of Spanish-speaking countries/communities.  You will have the opportunity to use practical Spanish and take your place as a citizen in a multilingual, global society.

Studying Spanish will give you the confidence to communicate effectively in a second language. You will be able to work independently and with others to enjoy the benefits of language learning.


Key Stage 5

GCE Spanish will give you a fascinating insight into the Spanish language and culture.  Whilst developing the ability to communicate confidently and effectively in Spanish in both speaking and writing, you will also learn about the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of Spanish-speaking countries and communities.


Spanish Department: Careers

This is a list of the jobs you could go into if you studied Spanish:

  • International Press Assistant

  • Trainee Chartered Accountant

  • Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Global Company Co-ordinator

  • Accounts Executive

  • Marketing Executive

  • Tour Guide

  • Restaurant Manager

  • Sales and Marketing Assistant

  • Merchandiser

  • Media Planner

  • Research Executive

  • Assistant Brand Manager

  • English Teacher

  • Translator

  • PR Representative

  • Media & PR Executive Fundraiser

  • Trainee Manager

  • Recruitment Consultant

  • Administrator

  • Team Leader

  • Bilingual Customer Service

  • Representative

  • Finance Officer

  • Spanish-speaking Account Executive

  • Project Co-ordinator

  • Business Development Consultant

  • Editor/Journalist

  • Secondary School Teacher

  • Operations Co-ordinator Graduate

  • Scheme

  • Graduate Accounts Executive

  • Content Manager

  • Strategy Intern

  • Bond Broker

  • Property Advisor

  • Expert in Bilingual Education

…but this is by no means the end.

Spanish Department: Educational Visits and Trips

Over the years the Department has given students the opportunity to take their learning outside the classroom by going on educational visits to Spain.  These tend to happen on a 3-yearly basis.  We always go to the Barcelona area staying in Salou and travelling into Barcelona and the surrounding areas with a full day visit to Port Aventura theme park. Our aim is to create a memorable experience for the children who will have a chance to practise their Spanish in a real-life setting.

Spanish Department: Gallery

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