Speaking a foreign language is a mark of distinction highly valued by colleges, universities, and employers alike. In addition to this, learning a foreign language has many other proven benefits; it enhances your problem-solving skills, boosts your creative thinking, and improves your memory – to name but a few.
Choosing to study GCSE Spanish has the added benefit of opening the door to communication with 400 million native speakers across the world, which is ideal whether you're preparing for further study, your next travel venture, or looking to boost your international job prospects.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Who am I?
In unit one, you’ll start off by learning to speak about yourself, your friends, and your family as you become familiar with using subject pronouns such as ‘yo’, ‘ella’, ‘ellas’, and ‘ustedes’. You’ll also learn to speak about your own past, before focusing on grammatical features such as the positioning of adjectives and definite articles.
Unit 2 - Shopping
In the second unit, you’ll find out how to talk about the typical things you might buy while out shopping, such as food, drink, and clothing. Grammatically, you’ll focus on interrogative particles such as ‘como’ and ‘donde’, as well as possessive adjectives. Moving on, you’ll learn vocabulary that will help you have conversations in shops, along with quantifiers and intensifiers such as ‘muy’ and ‘como’
Unit 3 - Daily Life
Next, you’ll discover how to discuss your everyday life, whilst also learning how to use reflexive pronominal verbs. You’ll also learn how to ask the time and how to use prepositions to describe placement.
Unit 4 - Holidays and Travel
In the fourth unit, you’ll find out how to talk about your holiday experiences and preferences, along with places you’d like to see, and things you’d like to do. As you learn new vocabulary, you’ll also learn how to incorporate days and dates into your Spanish conversations. Grammatically, you’ll focus on irregular verbs, and adverbs related to times and places, such as ‘aqui’ and ‘ahora’.
Unit 5 - Country, Regions, Cities, and Towns
In unit five, you’ll learn vocabulary related to weather, as well as more serious topics such as poverty and homelessness. You’ll also study the imperfect tense, as well as learn how to express what you ‘should’ or ‘ought to’ do using ‘deber’, ‘debería’ and ‘hay que´’.
Unit 6 - School and University
In the sixth unit, you’ll develop confidence using the Spanish language to talk about school subjects and rules, as well as your career ambitions for the future. You’ll study the future tense using ‘ser’, ‘tener’ and other irregular verbs, as well as the future tense of regular verbs.
Unit 7 - Media
Moving on, you’ll expand your vocabulary in topics related to the media, discovering how to write, speak, and read about films, TV, newspapers, and social media. At the same time, you’ll practise using the present perfect and pluperfect tenses.
Unit 8 - Traditions and Festivities
Unit eight will focus on customs, events, and typical foods in Spanish speaking countries. As you become confident speaking and writing about your own traditions and festivities, you’ll practise using the conditional tense of regular and irregular verbs, as well as relative adjectives and pronouns.
Unit 9 - Environmental Issues and Recycling
In the ninth unit, you’ll expand your vocabulary related to environmental issues such as recycling and the greenhouse effect, as well as healthy and unhealthy lifestyles. You’ll also learn how to use Spanish grammatical moods such as the imperative and subjunctive.
Unit 10 - Exam preparation
In the final unit, you’ll go through a summary of everything you’ve learned, as well as undertake preparation for your listening, speaking, reading, and writing papers.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive a GCSE in Spanish, issued by Edexcel. This syllabus (1SP0) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2023.
You'll be required to complete three standard GCSE written exams and one speaking assessment:
- Paper 1 -Listening and understanding: 45 minutes, 25% of GCSE, 50 marks.
- Paper 2 - Speaking: 10-12 minutes, 25% of GCSE, 70 marks.
- Paper 3 - Reading and understanding: 1 hour, 25% of GCSE, 50 marks.
- Paper 4 - Writing: 1 hour 20 minutes, 25% of GCSE, 60 marks.
We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.
During your course, you'll be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to monitor your progress and will be used to produce predicted grades if needed.
We recommend that you have a basic knowledge of Spanish before starting this level two course.