Spanish GCSE


Learning a language is a rigorous academic pursuit and one which carries a good deal of weight when applying for competitive courses at university. Employers are looking for language skills in a country where international trade is going to become even more important as we leave the European Union.

Spanish is spoken by 500 million people worldwide and is the third most spoken language in the world. Proficiency in Spanish can open up a whole new world of culture and thought and can lead to discovering the many emerging economies in Latin America.

Units of study

Pupils will study for four papers:

Paper 1 (25%)

Listening and understanding in Spanish (50 minutes), questions are in both Spanish and English.

Paper 2 (25%)

Speaking in Spanish (12 minutes after 12 minutes’ preparation time). A role play followed by a discussion based on a picture supplied by the exam board and a conversation on two of the prescribed themes.

Paper 3 (25%)

Reading and understanding in Spanish (1 hour), questions are in Spanish and English followed by a translation passage from Spanish into English.

Paper 4 (25%)

Writing in Spanish (1 hour and 20 minutes). Two passages of free composition (90 words and 150 words respectively) followed by a translation passage from English into Spanish.