Spanish is the second most spoken language by native speakers in the world. More than 400 million Spanish speakers in 21 countries have Spanish as its national language. Spanish has emerged as the most important language for the UK in an analysis made by the British Council

The importance of foreign languages is evident in areas such as importing, exporting, and the stock-market. Other professions where languages are an advantage are: a flight attendant, the police, nursing, a scientific researcher, a photographer and in hotel management. A language is also increasingly valuable in the successful progression to university in a wide range of disciplines.

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Why do we teach Spanish?

Learning a foreign language is a liberation from insularity and provides an opening to other cultures. A high-quality languages education should foster pupils’ curiosity and deepen their understanding of the world.

What would I learn in Spanish?

The teaching should enable pupils to express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing. It should also provide opportunities for them to communicate for practical purposes, learn new ways of thinking and read great literature in the original language. Language teaching should provide the foundation for learning further languages, equipping pupils to study and work in other countries.

How would I learn in Spanish?

Students will learn to express themselves in the target language across the following key skills: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking and Translation. Questions across all of the language skills are set in common contexts, addressing a range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes. Students will be using authentic materials, such as film, audio and literary texts to build vocabulary and will be expected to speak and respond spontaneously to questions. across a range of topics.


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Why do we teach Spanish?

Through studying a GCSE in a modern foreign language, students should develop their ability and ambition to communicate with native speakers in speech and writing. The study of a modern foreign language at GCSE should also broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries and develop new ways of seeing the world.

What would I learn in Spanish?

The GCSE specification will require students to understand and use language across a range of contexts, appropriate to their age, interests and maturity levels students will be expected to use language for a variety of purposes and with a variety of different audiences, including for personal, academic and employment related use.

Language contexts will be organised in a specified number of broad themes,addressing relevant matters relating to:

  • identity and culture
  • local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • current and future study and employment

literary texts can include extracts and excerpts, adapted and abridged as appropriate, from poems, letters, short stories, essays, novels or plays from contemporary and historical sources.

How would I learn in Spanish?

Students will be taught to express themselves across four skills

  • Listening: understand and respond to spoken language
  • Speaking: communicate and interact in speech
  • Reading: understand and respond to written language
  • Writing: communicate in writing


Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:


Course Makeup:

  • Exam 100% 100%
  • Coursework 0% 0%

Exam Structure:

  • GCSE Spanish is assessed through four exams, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • The GCSE is 100% exam based with no coursework and each skill is worth 25% of the final grade.

Staff in Department

Head of Department:

Ms J Khan

Lead on Additional languages:

Mrs A Florez

Miss M Morell

Mr E Rubio

Miss A Garcia

Foreign Language assistant

Miss C Gallego

Useful Website Links:

  • Pearson Active Learn  Viva 1,2,3 GCSE Higher and Foundation – Modules available for practice for all year groups using their own personal logins.
  • Memrise Practice and build your vocabulary from beginners to advanced
  • Duolingo Practice and build your vocabulary from beginners to advanced

Recommended Revision Guides:

New GCSE Spanish AQA Complete Revision & Practice

New GCSE Spanish AQA Complete Revision & Practice (with CD & Online Edition) – Grade 9-1 Course (CGP GCSE Spanish 9-1 Revision)

CGP Books
Available from School Office:
Target Grade 9 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish Workbook

Target Grade 9 Reading AQA GCSE (9-1) Spanish Workbook (Modern Foreign Language Intervention)

CGP Books
Available from School Office:
Yes – £2.50

Contact Spanish Department

Please use the form bellow to contact the English department or alternatively please email

Spanish Contact Form

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