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Qualification: Spanish GCSE
Examination Board: AQA

Spanish GCSE is a qualification in the Spanish language for students who have prior knowledge of Spanish and would like to get to GCSE standard in two years.

Is this course right for you?

This course enables you to develop your Spanish language skills, equipping you with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

You will develop:

  • Your literacy.
  • Your ability to communicate and share information.
  • Your logical thought patterns.
  • Your understanding of how the language works as well as your own.

What does the course involve?

In the course you will learn how to:

  • Understand general and specific information of different types of spoken language.
  • Communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across a range of specified context.
  • Understand and respond to different types of written languages as well as develop cultural knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes from e-mails to short essays, including translation.

What about  controlled assessments and exams?

The subject is examined in two tiers (Foundation or Higher) for all four skills. The final GCSE grade awarded is dependent upon your tier of entry. GCSE grades from 9-1 will be awarded.

Skill Assessment Weighting


Listen for and note main points from spoken text

Written examination in June of Year 11



Communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes

Spoken examination in April/May of Year 11



Read, identify and note main points from a written text (e.g. adverts, newspaper and    magazine articles, and literary texts)

Written examination in June of Year 11



Written tasks for a variety of purposes and in a range of contexts

Written examination in June of Year 11


Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

You can go on to study Spanish AS or A-level at John Cleveland Sixth Form or other providers.

Any language qualification you pass at Level 2 and above will support you in your future, whatever you decide to do. Languages show universities and employers that you can think logically and study hard but also pay attention to detail as well as competence in another language. It always looks good on your curriculum vitae to have completed and gained a language qualification as it complements any type of career but with an international edge.

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