Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

GCSE Spanish

Why Study a Language?

GCSE Spanish will enable you to develop your language skills in a variety of contexts and broaden your cultural understanding of the countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.  Employers often cite foreign language learning as some of the most valuable courses because of the communication skills developed in the process.

Foreign language study can enhance opportunities in a number of careers from business, medicine, law, technology, military, industry, government, marketing and many more.  Studying a language is increasingly important in the modern world and it will open many doors to new experiences.  Many universities and employers now ask applicants to have a GCSE in a language as a basic requirement.  It is a definite advantage, not just for travelling but in the world of work too.

What Does the Course Consist of?

In Year 10 and 11 you will consolidate basic structures of language that you have learnt and develop your communication skills on a variety of topics.  There is a high level of importance placed on grammar and accuracy in speaking and written work.

To be a successful language learner, you must show eagerness to learn and use the language as well as a commitment to study.

The examinations all take place at the end of the course and the 4 skills are equally weighted and you will be entered for either Foundation or Higher Tier.

The GCSE Spanish course counts towards the English Baccalaureate.

Course Content and Assessment

Unit Topics Assessment
Theme 1:
Identity & Culture
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries

Paper 1 – Listening (25% of GCSE)

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

Questions answered in both Spanish and English.

Paper 2 – Speaking (25% of GCSE)

Communicating and interacting effectively for a variety of purposes.

Conducted with teacher but externally marked.

Between 7 and 12 minutes (dependent on tier) + preparation time and is broken into the following sections:

  • Role play
  • Photo card
  • Conversation

Paper 3 – Reading (25% of GCSE)

Understanding and responding to different types of written language and basic translation task. 

Questions answered in both Spanish and English

Paper 4 – Writing (25% of GCSE)

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes


Theme 2:
Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel & tourism
Theme 3:
Current and future study and employment
  • My studies
  • Life at school / college
  • Education Post 16
  • Career choices and ambitions

If you are interested and would like further information, please come and talk to Miss Vela-Castro.