One World – Humanities and Languages
We offer a variety of courses for you to study in One World.
Strand Leader: Mrs C Walsh
The One World Humanities Strand offers aspiring learners the opportunity to complete their studies by adding such classical yet challenging subjects as History, Geography and Religious Studies. These subjects also facilitate the completion of requirements for achieving the ‘English Baccalaureate’ as they are recognized as the gold standard for future entry to sought after institutions at sixth form and also highly valued universities.
The Strand is uniquely placed in nurturing knowledge and research skills in Humanities. The Strand offers aspiring learners unique opportunities to develop their talents in the following GCSE’s:
Religious Studies (AQA)
The above will open doors to a brighter future with careers ranging from those available in Archaeology, Teaching, Museum Curatorship as well as Meteorology.
Strand Leader: Miss J Greenwood
In One World we strive to make learning languages a fun, enriching and engaging experience and we focus on developing both our students’ language skills and cultural awareness. We know that both employers and higher education providers value language skills highly and by learning a language, you become part of a much wider world. It is now incredibly important for students to achieve a good language GCSE as part of the EBacc and many Russell Group universities have also stipulated this as an entry requirement.
We want our students to develop a love for languages that they will hopefully retain for the rest of their lives. Moreover, learning a language improves how your brain functions! You develop other crucial skills, such as problem solving and decoding, while also broadening your vocabulary in your own mother tongue. It’s a skill for life!
Our strand also regularly organises enrichment visits abroad and in partnership with local universities and providers
Key Stage 3 Languages
At Essa we are in the enviable position of being able to offer French, Spanish, German, Urdu and Arabic up to GCSE.
Currently all year 7s study French or Urdu, while gifted linguists are able to pick up a second language from year 8 onwards. They will then be able to gain either 1 or 2 language GCSEs at the end of year 11.
GCSE French, German & Spanish
For French, Spanish and German we follow the new GCSE Edexcel Specification. There is no longer a coursework element at GCSE and all 4 skills (listening, reading, writing & speaking) will be assessed at the end of the course and are weighted equally (25% for each skill). During their studies, students will build on their learning from Key Stage 3, developing their skills in translation, the use of correct grammar, spontaneous speaking and extended writing. They will also have opportunities to read literary texts and authentic materials from the countries where the target language is spoken.
Students currently follow the AQA GCSE course for Urdu where they are able to develop their Urdu language skills in a variety of contexts as well as gain a greater awareness of the culture of countries and communities where Urdu is spoken.
GCSE Arabic students follow the Edexcel specification and are given opportunities to develop an understanding of the language in a range of contexts, to communicate with greater proficiency in Arabic as well as gain a broader knowledge of its vocabulary and structures.