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If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.

- Nelson Mandela


Curriculum Information

Spanish Curriculum

Key Stage 4 Options Information

Exam board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE in Spanish
Specification: AQA GCSE Spanish


GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier. Papers are taken at the end of the course in Year 11. The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are each worth 25% of the exam.

Paper 1 - Listening (Written Exam of 35 or 45 minutes)

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language. 
The exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.

Paper 2 - Speaking (Non-Examined Assessment)

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.
• 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time, and10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time.

Paper 3 - Reading (Written Exam of 45 or 60 minutes)

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

Paper 4 - Writing (Written Exam of 60 or 75 minutes)

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone who has already studied Spanish in Year 9 and would like to be able to speak and understand a foreign language better! Students who speak a second (or third) language are greatly valued and sought after by employers. Many students know that most of the world’s population speak at least two languages and to compete for jobs (whatever you do!) in the future another language is a vital asset.

GCSE Spanish adds an international dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, something both employers and higher education providers look for.

What will I do on the course?

GCSE Spanish builds on what you have learned in Key Stage 3, though you will meet new topics and learn more about the cultures and countries in which Spanish is spoken.

You will learn many skills which are useful in a wide range of future careers, such as the ability to communicate clearly, problem solve as well as creating greater opportunities to work abroad or for companies in the UK with international links.

You will practise listening, speaking, reading and writing and will be helped to understand Spanish in common situations you might meet in Spain or a Spanish speaking country.

You will gain independence in how to use Spanish to communicate your own ideas clearly and accurately with good pronunciation and by the end of the course will be able to communicate effectively over a broad range of topics.

Students study the following themes:

Theme 1: Identity and culture
Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest
Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7, students recap and extend elements of Spanish that they may have studied in Key Stage 2, although the previous study of Spanish is not a requirement. Students are taught the pronunciation of the key sounds straight away to build confidence quickly. Students are taught through individual, small group and whole class teaching using the latest resources available. An emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound understanding of grammatical rules which then allow students to use the language creatively for their own purposes. A range of online resources is used to help students gain a wide vocabulary quickly and confidently and practice at home what has been introduced in class.

Year 8

In Year 8, students gain an ability to use tenses and extend spoken and written responses to include additional details and opinions. The range of topics is widened and includes real-life contexts relevant to students such as use of social networking websites. As in Year 7, end-of-term assessments enable students to track and review their progress effectively.

Year 9

In Year 9, students extend both their grammatical grasp of the language and command of an extending range of contexts. They begin to make lengthier spoken presentations which demonstrate a greater command of the past, present and future tenses with improved flexibility of expression.