Why study Spanish?

By taking Spanish at GCSE you don’t just learn the language; you get to find out about other people, countries and cultures; making it an interesting and varied subject. Learning a language helps your memory, creativity, listening skills and self-confidence.

Many companies look for individuals who can speak more than one language, and using a language at work could raise your salary by between 8-20%.

This course is only suitable for students who have already been studying Spanish up to year 9 at QEA.

What will I learn?

During the GCSE course students will study three main themes. Each theme contains three or four topics.

Identity and culture, covering topics such as family, friends, marriage, technology, free-time activities, customs and festivals in French-speaking countries/communities.

Local, national, international and global areas of interest, including home, town, neighbourhood and region; social issues, healthy living, global issues such as the environment, poverty and homelessness; travel and tourism.

Study and employment, including topics on: my studies; life at school/college; post-16 education; jobs, career choices and ambitions

How will I be assessed?

Examinations – writing; reading; speaking; listening

Future pathways and careers

  • Interpreters
  • Translation and teaching
  • Business, marketing and sales
  • Travel and tourism
  • Banking and finance

Examination board


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