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Spanish (Sp)

Exam Board and Specification:  AQA GCSE Spanish 8698



Spanish is a valuable qualification and a wider range of job opportunities will be open to you if you are competent in at least one modern language. Universities tend to value languages highly, either studied individually or combined with other subjects.   In Europe, Spanish is the second most popular language after English.  Spanish is an official language on four continents and is the mother tongue in 21 countries which makes it incredibly valuable with regards to business.   Globalisation is shrinking the business world and those who know more than one language will definitely have the edge.


You will build upon the work you have done during Key Stage 3. You will learn more about the topic areas which you have already covered, such as family and friends, free time and your home.  You will also cover new contexts such as health and media, as well as continuing to learn about the customs and way of life of the country. You will also have the opportunity to visit Spain.

Assessment (All 4 skills weighted equally)

Paper 1: Listening Understanding and responding to different types of spoken languages.

Section A- questions in English, Section B- questions in the target language.

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

Role-play- 15 marks  + Photo-card-15 marks + Conversation (30 marks)

Paper 3: Reading Understanding and responding to different types of written language, including literary texts.

Section A- questions in English, Section B- questions in the target language, Section C- translation from the target language into English

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


For further information contact:  Mrs Coomber 


Teaching Method Used

  • Task-based learning. Typically involves an information gap: students may have to share knowledge to communicate effectively, or look for language rules themselves before re-applying them.
  • Communication: Interaction and engagement.
  • Receptive: Listening and reading.
  • Productive: Speaking and writing.


Careers this Subject Leads Onto


  • Interpreter                                                           
  • Primary & Secondary School Teacher
  • Translator                                                            
  • Broadcast journalist
  • International Relations                                         
  • Sales Executive
  • Detective                                                            
  • Lexicographer
  • Travel Agent                                                       
  • Journalist
  • Technical Writer                                                
  • Military Intelligence
  • Charity Work                                                       
  • Bilingual Secretary
  • Law