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GCSE Spanish at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the world. More people speak Spanish as their first language than speak English.  It is spoken in over 40 countries worldwide and in the USA nearly 15% of the population speak Spanish as their first language. Spain itself is also historically one of the most important countries in Europe, and its language, culture and society has influenced the development of other societies around the world. Latin America is now emerging as one of the global markets of the 21st century.

Learning a language develops your communication skills—vital for success in the world of work—and gives you a broader outlook on life. Having a GCSE in a language is also increasingly seen as an important entry qualification for university.

Course content

Building on the language skills from KS3, you will develop the level of your language and become a more confident speaker and language user. You will also learn much more about the culture and history of Spain and Latin America.

 Regular class activities include:-

working with a partner or in a small group on speaking tasks.

listening to a range of Spanish, for both gist and detail.

reading a range of different types of texts.

discovering more about Spanish-speaking people, how they live and about their interests and concerns.

practising expressing your own ideas and opinions using Spanish.


Speaking (30%) is examined by 2 short conversations.  They will be on topics you have been studying in class, and they are recorded and marked.

Writing (30%) is examined by 2 pieces of longer writing on specific subjects, which develop from the topic-areas studied in class.

Listening (20%) and reading (20%) are examined by externally set examinations.


Future opportunities

A GCSE in Spanish is vital if you want to go on and study Spanish in 6th Form, but it is much more than just a qualification. It could be the start of a life of travel and exploration or an advantage in the world of work


Further information

Speak to your languages teacher or Mr Verney / Miss Armitstead.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years