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GCSE Spanish Course

Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 3810QS

Why study Spanish at GCSE?

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, with more than 400 million native speakers! With a GCSE qualification in Spanish, you will have a solid foundation for studying language at higher education, and landing career opportunities in many professions, such as journalism, teaching, marketing, policing, and more!

On this GCSE Spanish course, you’ll learn how to and understand and communicate in the Spanish language confidently, covering a range of important topics, from your expression of identity and personal relationships to the importance of location, culture, and social issues. Guided every step of the way with unlimited tutor support, you’ll develop the ability to write in grammatically correct Spanish, to listen and understand Spanish speech, and to creatively express your thoughts, ideas, and opinions in conversation. Speaking a foreign language is a mark of distinction highly valued by colleges, universities, and employers alike.

In this course, you will develop your knowledge of the French language and culture through studying three different themes:

The context for learning the language is organised under three broad themes:

  •  Identity and culture
  • Local, national, international and global areas of interest;
  • Current and future study and employment

These themes are explored in the context of the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing

Curriculum

This WJEC GCSE specification in Spanish will enable learners to:

When studying this qualification learners will be required to cover the following areas:

Listening: understand and respond to different types of spoken language

  • demonstrate general and specific understanding of different types of spoken
    language
  • follow and understand clear standard speech using familiar language across a
    range of specified contexts
  • identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer spoken passages, involving some more complex language,
    recognising the relationship between past, present and future events
  • deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer spoken texts, involving some complex language and more abstract material, including short narratives and authentic material addressing a wide range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes
  • recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more
    extended spoken text, including authentic sources, adapted and abridged, as
    appropriate, by being able to answer questions, extract information, evaluate and draw conclusions.

Speaking: communicate and interact effectively in speech

  • communicate and interact effectively in speech for a variety of purposes across arange of specified contexts
  • take part in a short conversation, asking and answering questions, and
    exchanging opinions
  • convey information and narrate events coherently and confidently, using and
    adapting language for new purposes
  • speak spontaneously, responding to unexpected questions, points of view or
    situations, sustaining communication by using rephrasing or repair strategies, as appropriate
  • initiate and develop conversations and discussion, producing extended sequences of speech
  •  make appropriate and accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical
    structures, including some more complex forms, with reference to past, present
    and future events
  • make creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to express and justify their own thoughts and points of view
  • use accurate pronunciation and intonation such as to be understood by a native
    speaker.

Reading: understand and respond to different types of written language

  •  understand and respond to different types of written language
  • understand general and specific details within texts using high frequency familiar language across a range of contexts
  • identify the overall message, key points, details and opinions in a variety of short and longer written passages, involving some more complex language,
    recognising the relationship between past, present and future events
  • deduce meaning from a variety of short and longer written texts from a range of specified contexts, including authentic sources involving some complex language and unfamiliar material, as well as short narratives and authentic material
    addressing a wide range of relevant contemporary and cultural themes
  • recognise and respond to key information, important themes and ideas in more
    extended written text and authentic sources, including some extracts from
    relevant abridged or adapted literary texts
  • demonstrate understanding by being able to scan for particular information,
    organise and present relevant details, draw inferences in context and recognise implicit meaning where appropriate translate a short passage from the assessed language into English / Welsh.

Writing: communicate in writing

  • communicate effectively in writing for a variety of purposes across a range of
    specified contexts
  •  write short texts, using simple sentences and familiar language accurately to convey meaning and exchange information
  • produce clear and coherent text of extended length to present facts and express ideas and opinions appropriately for different purposes and in different settings
  • make accurate use of a variety of vocabulary and grammatical structures,
    including some more complex forms, to describe and narrate with reference to past, present and future events
  • manipulate the language, using and adapting a variety of structures and
    vocabulary with increasing accuracy and fluency for new purposes, including
    using appropriate style and register
  • make independent, creative and more complex use of the language, as appropriate, to note down key points, express and justify individual thoughts and points of view, in order to interest, inform or convince
  • translate sentences and short texts from English/ Welsh into the assessed
    language to convey key messages accurately and to apply grammatical
    knowledge of language and structures in context.

Assessment

This linear qualification will be available in May/June each year.

The GCSE Spanish is assessed in four examinations

Exam Access Arrangements

Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual. As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same GCSE exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification. Your GCSE course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

You can study GCSE courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and in person teaching in class, Online live classes only or Distant learning course.

IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning. Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE course work.

We offer a range of IGCSE Courses; see our Distance learning course page.


Choosing a tier isn’t always easy, particularly for languages, we can help you make a decision. Nobody is a better judge of a student’s ability than their teacher. Regular assessments and mock exams are a key part of our decision making.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.


  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have said in your enrolment.

GCSE’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year – would be an intensive course.
You may be able to complete this in one year as an intensive course, you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

We offer GCSEs – part time in the evenings to adult learners.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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