Mrs R Cousins (Head of Department)
Mrs J Acheson

Mrs G  Hamilton

Mrs P Hunniford


Subject Overview

Pupils develop skills in the following areas:-

Reading          – understanding articles in the target language and responding accordingly.

Speaking        – communicating appropriately in the target language.

Listening        – making sense of what one hears and responding appropriately.

Writing           – communicating ideas through written accounts.

Key Stage 3

Pupils in Years 9 + 10 study Spanish for three periods per week, covering topics such as family, house and home, weather, travel and transport.

Key Stage 4

Students take CCEA Spanish GCSE course.

Teaching consists of 5 classes per week.

The exam is made up of 4 Modules (Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing) and includes 60% of Controlled Assessment for which pupils complete 4 tasks in school under exam conditions.

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 4 Specification

Key Stage 5


Students take the CCEA Spanish AS Course.

The exam is made up of two papers.

AS 1 Speaking

A prepared presentation which is drawn for the AS Contexts for Learning (3-4 min)

A general conversation which focuses on the life and interests of the candidate (8-9 min)

AS 2 Listening, Reading, Writing

Listening – 2 questions recorded on individual CDs (40 min)

Reading – Comprehension questions based on a text and a translation into English (1 hour 5 min)

Writing – Extended Writing based on a stimulus text    (1 hour)


Pupils take the Spanish A2 Course.  The exam is made up of two papers.

A2/1 Speaking

A discussion based on the film ‘Solas’ (5 min)

A general conversation (10 min)

A2/2 Listening, Reading, Translation and Writing

Listening – 2 questions recorded on individual CDs (40 min)

Reading – Comprehension exercises and questions based on 2 texts and translation into Spanish (1 hr 20 min)

Writing – An essay response to a set text: Como Agua Para Chocolate, Laura Esquivel (1 hr)

Click here to go to the CCEA Key Stage 5 Specification

Career Opportunities

An increasing number of degree courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, engineering and law are looking for students with a breadth of knowledge.

Many express a particular interest in candidates with the required science background at ‘A’ level coupled with a further rigorousacademic subject.

A modern language can meet these demands and enhance the possibility of a placement abroad as part of a degree course.

Although especially useful for jobs in business, management, travel and tourism, language skills are an essential part of professional life in general and are relevant to a wide range of varied professions.

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