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Spanish KS4

AQA Spanish KS4

If you require any further information regarding GCSE Spanish please see Mrs Otterburn.

The ability to communicate with our European neighbours is a skill that is extremely important and highly valued by colleges, universities and businesses. Studying a GCSE language helps students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and develop a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where the languages are spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society.

Having a language GCSE opens the door to many careers including Law, Tourism, Engineering, Science, Banking, Education, Health and Leisure, Media ... the list is endless!

Students will study the following three themes:

Theme 1 – Identity and Culture

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

Theme 3 – Current and future study and employment

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries
  • Home town, neighbourhood and town
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and Tourism
  • My studies
  • Life at school / college
  • Education post-16
  • Career choices and ambitions

The aim of GCSE in Spanish is to enable students of all abilities to develop their language skills to their full potential, equipping students with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence. This course will stimulate your cultural knowledge whilst developing language and communication skills.

The GCSE course is linear which means that students will sit their exams at the end of the two year course. Each of the four elements is worth 25% of the overall grade. (The speaking assessment will take place in a 5 week window during April / May 2019).

Paper 1: Listening

Paper 2: Speaking

Paper 3: Reading

Paper 4: Writing

What is assessed?

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

What is assessed?

Communicating and interacting effectively.

What is assessed?

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

What is assessed?

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.


Section A – questions and answers in English

Section B – questions and answers in Spanish


Role play

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Section A – questions and answers in English

Section B – questions and answers in Spanish

Section C – translation from Spanish into English


Vary in nature and difficulty according to tier, but both tiers will have a structured written task and a translation from English into Spanish.

How is the course assessed?

There are two tiers of entry for GCSE Spanish; Higher (grades 9-5) and Foundation (grades 4-1). Students must take all four question papers at the same tier; it is not possible to mix.


Both Greenhead College and New College offer Spanish at A level, and the AQA board is seen as the ideal stepping stone to advanced study of languages.

Key Websites

The work you do in class will be supported by consolidation tasks using the following websites:




Career opportunities in learning a language include: Working for United Nations/European Union; Law; Insurance; Banking; Sales & Marketing; Transport; Tourism; Public Sector; Teacher; Teaching English as a Foreign Language; Working overseas; Linguist; Government Interpreter.