What is Spanish?

Spanish is a respected qualification that is valued by universities and colleges. The course gives you the opportunity to improve your ability to communicate formally and informally in a range of contexts and to understand a challenging range of texts, styles and registers. Speaking, reading, writing and listening skills are tested through four examination papers.

What will I study?

You will study the four examined skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening in a structured and engaging way, looking at different topic areas and developing your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

What will I gain from studying Spanish?

Learning Spanish will help your career. There is a significant demand globally for Spanish speakers in a wide range of industries and professions.

How is it assessed?

Paper 1 Listening 25%


Paper 2 Speaking 25%


Paper 3 Reading  25%


Paper 4 Writing  25%


Each paper draws on topics on vocabulary from the whole course, but assess one particular skill.


Foundation Tier and Higher Tier are available.

Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE (9-1)

What do I need?

5 GCSEs grade 5 or above including Maths and English or equivalent international qualifications.

For international students who have taken IELTS, we require an overall score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 for each of the reading and writing components.

For international students who have taken IGCSE English (Second Language), we require grade 4 or above.

Ideally you should have studied some Spanish before but this is not essential if you are willing to work hard on improving your Spanish. Reading widely and listening to Spanish media regularly really helps. It is essential that you are regularly reviewing your knowledge of vocabulary throughout the course.


When is this exam available?

This exam is available in May/June every year.