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Spanish is part of the Indo-European family of languages, which are spoken by more than a third of the world's population. 


Spanish is one of the world's most phonetic languages. If you know how a word is spelt, you can almost always know how it is pronounced (although the reverse isn't true). 


With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's number 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but far behind Mandarin (1.2 billion). 


Qualification: GCSE
Examination Board: AQA
Specification Code: 8698








Topics Covered

You will develop 4 skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing.



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


100 % - Exam at the end of Year 11


  • 25% Listening - Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Reading - Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Speaking - 7-12 minutes test. Higher or Foundation tier
  • 25% Writing - Written paper - Higher or Foundation tier

Course Progression

Having a GCSE in a language is compulsory in order to choose one at A Level. 

We currently offer A Level Spanish here at Swanshurst Sixth Form.

All universities see AS & A Level languages as a useful subject for any degree course and many universities are now starting to make first year students take a language module as part of their studies. 


Career Opportunities

With the renewed focus on the English Baccalaureate subjects, people are realising the importance of having a foreign language at GCSE. Employers want staff with a broad skill set and confident manner.

Having a language improves your communication skills, makes you more culturally aware and provides you with opportunities your fellow employees may never get! Many Spanish graduates use their language skills on a daily basis, many use the skills learnt from
studying a language - employers can’t lose!