top of page

Spanish Language


In Years 11 and 12 Spanish can be chosen as a GCSE option by some pupils. 

The Exam Board we use for GCSE Spanish is CCEA. Click here to go to the CCEA Spanish site. 

Aims and Learning Outcomes

A GCSE specification in Spanish should encourage learners to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of Spanish. GCSE specifications in Spanish should prepare learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

The candidate is encouraged to:

  • develop understanding of Spanish in a variety of contexts

  • develop knowledge of Spanish and language learning

  • develop the ability to communicate effectively in Spanish

  • develop awareness and understanding of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.


Subject Content

Contexts and Purposes (Based on students’ own experiences and that of other people who speak Spanish).


  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences

Relationships and choices

  • Relationships with family and friends

  • Future plans regarding marriage/partnership

  • Social issues and equality


  • Free time activities

  • Shopping money, fashion and trends

  • Advantages and disadvantages of new technology


  • Plans, preferences, experiences

  • What to see and getting around

Home and Environment

  • Special occasions celebrated in the home

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like


  • Current problems facing the planet

  • Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area

Work and Education

  • School/college and future plans

  • What school/college is like

  • Pressures and problems

  • Current and future jobs

  • Looking for and getting a job

  • Advantages and disadvantages of different jobs

Scheme of Assessment

Unit 1: Listening – exam worth 20%
Candidates enter at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Unit 2: Reading – exam worth 20%
Candidates enter at either Foundation or Higher Tier.

Unit 3: Speaking – worth 30%
Controlled assessment – 2 tasks.

Unit 4: Writing – worth 30%
Controlled assessment – 2 tasks.

Candidates will be expected to have acquired some knowledge and understanding of grammar in Spanish, as well as develop communication strategies.

bottom of page