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Thinking about Spanish at GCSE?


Languages are really important in the world we live in and give you great skills for the rest of your life. The internet has brought everyone much closer together so chatting, blogging and networking with people of different languages from all over the world is dead easy. Imagine all the other people you could communicate with and all the amazing places you could travel to or work at and all because you can speak their language. In addition, people who have studied a foreign language earn on average 20% more than those who haven’t! So log onto the world’s real social network and learn languages at GCSE!


Why study Spanish?


Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. More people speak Spanish as their first language than speak English. It is spoken in over 40 countries worldwide and in the USA nearly 15% of the population speak Spanish as their first language. Spain itself is also historically one of the most important countries in Europe, and its language, culture and society has influenced the development of other societies around the world. Latin America is now emerging as one of the global markets of the 21st century. Learning a language develops your communication skills—vital for success in the world of work—and gives you a broader outlook on life. Having a GCSE in a language is also increasingly seen as an important entry qualification for university.


This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.


Subject content:


Students study all of the following themes on which the assessments are based.


Theme 1: Identity and culture: family; technology; free-time activities; customs and festivals.


Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest: home, town, neighbourhood and region; social issues; global issues.


Theme 3: Current and future study and employment: my studies; life at school/college; education post-16; jobs, career choices and ambitions.




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. 


Paper 1: Listening  (Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.)


How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier), 45 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier), 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE

(Each exam includes 5 minutes’ reading time of the question paper before the listening stimulus is played.)


Paper 2: Speaking (Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.)


How it's assessed

  • Non-exam assessment
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE


Paper 3: Reading (Understanding and responding to different types of written language.)


How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier)
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE


Paper 4: Writing (Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.)


How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier)
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE