Subject: Spanish
Syllabus Number: AQA 8698
Teacher who leads the subject: Mrs E Lopez-Gamero

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Why study Spanish?

With over 500 million Spanish speaking people in Spain, the emerging Central and South America, Spanish is the official language in more than twenty countries. It is predicted that by 2050 the USA will be a bi-lingual country. Overall, in the business world, it is second in importance after English.

  • Languages teach you about culture, art, cinema, sport, cuisine, music, history, and philosophy.
  • Our teaching and learning invites you to be responsive, thoughtful, creative and collaborative.
  • Learning a language teaches you how to think. You learn how to prepare arguments succinctly, how to express your points persuasively and, above all, how to relate to people who may think differently from you.
  • You will also acquire a far better understanding of your native language and how it works.

Linguists are valued in all areas of employment. Some work in creative industries such as journalism, advertising or cinema. Many others become doctors, lawyers and bankers; they work in the City, multinational companies or even international organisations such as NATO or the EU.

There are no limits for the linguist!

Outline of syllabus content

Our aim is to ensure that every student benefits from a broad spectrum of Spanish culture, supporting their development and greater understanding of the role Spanish plays in the global market.

Topics covered from Year 9 to Year 11:

  • Theme 1: Identity and culture.
  • Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest.
  • Theme 3: Current and future study and employment.

We also offer students the opportunity to do an exchange or cultural trip abroad to support their learning of the language and their understanding of Hispanic culture.


You will be assessed on four skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing. GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier and a Higher Tier. The breakdown of the question papers is as follows:

  • Listening paper: 25% of the GCSE
  • Reading paper: 25% of the GCSE
  • Writing paper: 25% of the GCSE
  • Speaking assessment: 25% of the GCSE

Additional information is available on the Curriculum Overview section of the website - click here