Spanish GCSE

The course

Spanish is an interesting and challenging subject that equips students with the skills to communicate confidently in Spanish in a range of everyday situations. It suits all students who are interested in communicating with people of other nationalities. Students learn about the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken and benefit when they come into contact with Spanish-speaking people, both young and old, both at home and abroad. Spanish is studied in relation to some or all of the following themes: media and culture, sport and leisure, travel and tourism or business, work and employment. With the expansion of the EU and opportunities in South America, the labour market really is opening up for those with fluency in Spanish – at home and abroad.

Students receive 3 hours of group tuition per week. Regular homework and tests mean students consoli- date their intellectual and study skills and receive essential exam practice.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1 · Listening  and Understanding in Spanish

Foundation and Higher Tier: 35 minute exam, 20% weighting

Students listen to a range of formal and informal Spanish material spoken by native speakers. What they hear may include instructions, messages, announcements, monologues, dialogues, discussions, factual material, narrative and expressions and justifications of points of view, all of varying length. A range of questions of varying type and difficulty tests their comprehension.

Unit 2 · Speaking in Spanish

Foundation and Higher Tier: 8-12 minute exam, 30% weighting

Students must demonstrate the ability to use the Spanish language for different purposes and in different settings, and will be assessed on two speaking activities based on the themes above and chosen from the following task types: an open interaction, a picture- based free-flowing discussion or a presentation with discussion following.

Unit 3 · Reading  and Understanding in Spanish

Foundation Tier: 35 minute exam, 20% weighting

Higher Tier: 50 minute exam, 20% weighting

The examination consists of a number of short texts, notices or news reports in Spanish on the themes above and testing is through a variety of tasks which require a response, written or non-verbal, to demonstrate understanding.

Unit 4 · Writing in Spanish

Foundation and Higher Tier: Internal assessment under controlled conditions, 30% weighting

The student must complete two separate writing tasks (each of up to 200 words) undertaken in controlled conditions in a single assessment session of no more than one hour. The work will relate to one or more of the themes above.

Reading

A Spanish dictionary is vital.

Please note that dictionaries are not allowed in any of the exams.

Exam Board and Specification Codes

Edexcel Spanish 2SP01 (legacy)