Spanish GCSE, OCR

Why study Spanish GCSE?

  • Study Spanish for your future. Increasingly Universities are looking for students with a language at GCSE - At University you may have the opportunity to study abroad.
  • Study Spanish for your career. Employers like people with a good skill set, people who can communicate.
  • Study Spanish for travel. Not everyone speaks or wants to speak English, being able to understand and communicate with local people when on holiday is very rewarding.
  • Study Spanish for your health. Learning a language improves your memory and increases your brain capacity

The GCSE (grades 9-1) Course follows the AQA syllabus and enables students of all abilities, to study Spanish with success and enjoyment. Students will develop skills in four main Attainment Target areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.

Each skill carries 25% of the overall marks for the examination at the end of the course.

The syllabus focuses on the following themes:

  • Me, my family and friends – Relationships with family and friends, Marriage/partnership
  • Technology in everyday life – Social media, Mobile technology
  • Free-time activities – Media, Food and Sport; Travel and Tourism
  • Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues – Charity/volunteer work, Healthy/unhealthy living
  • Global issues – The environment, Poverty/homelessness
  • My studies -Life at school/college; Education post-16; Jobs, career choices and ambitions


  • Listening Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language, questions to be answered in English and Spanish and non-verbally.
  • Speaking Includes a Role-play, a Photo-card stimulus and a short general conversation.
  • Reading Understanding and responding to different types of written language, questions answered in English, Spanish and non-verbally. A short translation from Spanish into English.
  • Writing Foundation tier includes writing a list of nouns, composing a message of nine sentences, translation from English into Spanish and structured writing task of approximately 90 words. Higher tier includes a structured writing task of 90 words, an open-ended writing task of approximately 150 words, and a translation from English into Spanish.

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