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Year 9:

In Year 9 students follow an introductory course, including topics of self, family, school and leisure.  They cover basic grammar including present, past and future tenses whilst working across all linguistic skills.  They also study cultural topics relevant to the target language country including festivals such as Christmas and Easter. 


Year 10 & Year 11:

Course Leader: Miss C McKenna

Please note: you can only take Spanish GCSE if you have studied it in Year 9.

Why speak Spanish?

There are about 400 million native Spanish speakers. This makes Spanish the second most important international language.

Spanish is the official language of 21 countries and a good command of Spanish is a real asset in the jobs market.

Spanish opens up a whole new dimension of holiday opportunities as you can experience the Spanish way of life away from the popular resorts.

Course Description

The GCSE course is based on use of the language in authentic situations.

Theme 1: Identity and culture

You will study topics such as family and friends, marriage partnership, social media, mobile technology, free-time activities and customs and festivals.

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

You will study home town, region, social issues, charity/voluntary work, healthy/unhealthy living, global issues, the environment, poverty, and tourism.

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

You will study topics such as your studies, life at school, career choices and ambitions.
Access to online learning resources such as Kerboodle and Vocabexpress will enable you to develop your language skills to the full by supporting the work that you do in the classroom.


The Spanish GCSE language course is based on the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 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; each is worth 25% of the GCSE.

Paper 1, Listening
A written exam of 35 minutes (Foundation) or 45 minutes (Higher).

Paper 2, Speaking 

Non-exam assessment of 7–9 minutes (Foundation) or 10–12 minutes (Higher).

Paper 3, Reading
A written exam of 45 minutes (Foundation) or 1 hour (Higher) including translation from Spanish into English.

Paper 4, Writing 

A written exam of 1 hour (Foundation) or 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher) including translation from English into Spanish.

This GCSE will be graded on the new 9-1 scale.

Further Comments

By the end of the course, you should have gained not only a certificate but a practical competence in the language that will enable you to travel and survive in a work situation in a Spanish speaking country. 

Every year we run a very successful exchange visit to Zaragoza, a fabulous city in Spain. Not only will this help improve your spoken Spanish but it will allow you to experience first-hand the wonderful Spanish way of life. You will also hopefully make friendships that will last for years to come!