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Spanish GCSE

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Why study Spanish?

Studying Spanish will help you to communicate in the language, as well as helping you to understand the language in speech and writing.  It will benefit you when you come into contact with Spanish-speaking people both at home and abroad.  You will learn about the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken and will be able to communicate with young people of your own age in these countries.  Spanish is also a very useful language for business.

You will study:

Spanish in relation to

  • Everyday activities  
  • Personal and social life
  • The world around us
  • The world of work
  • The international world

You will learn the following skills

  • Listening      
  • Speaking  
  • Writing
  • Reading


All skills are assessed by final examination and no dictionaries are allowed.  There is no coursework. Each examination paper carries 25% of the final mark.

Paper 1 - Listening, 50 minutes and 40 marks:

You will listen to messages, dialogues, announcements, discussions, narratives etc in Spanish on a CD that has pauses to give you time to write your answers. All tasks are multiple-choice and matching questions.  

Paper 2 – Reading, 1 hour and 45 marks:

You are required to identify main points and extract details from texts of increasing complexity. You will be able to read for gist, recognize points of view, attitudes and emotions and draw conclusions. All tasks are multiple-choice, matching questions or brief answers in Spanish.  

Paper 3 – Speaking, 10 minutes and 40 marks:

You will be assessed by one of the teachers from the school whose marking is then externally moderated. The examination consists of one role play and two conversations on two of the topics studied.

Paper 4 – Continuous Writing, 1 hour and 45 marks:

You will write three pieces. You may be required to fill in a form, write an email, a letter, or a blog article and you will progress from simple vocabulary items to different tenses, sophisticated grammatical structure, and language of reactions, opinions, and justification.