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Assessment structure

Listening paper

Foundation

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Foundation Paper 1 – Listening

Foundation Paper 1 – Listening

Written exam

Written exam

35 minutes (including 5 minutes reading time)

35 minutes (including 5 minutes reading time)

40 marks (25% of GCSE)

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

Section A, 32 marks:

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Section B, 8 marks:

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Section A

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Foundation: 40 marks

Section B

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Foundation: 10 marks

Higher

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Higher Paper 1 – Listening

Higher Paper 1 – Listening

Written exam

Written exam

45 minutes (including 5 minutes reading time)

45 minutes (including 5 minutes reading time)

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

Section A, 40 marks:

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Section B, 10 marks:

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Section A

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Higher: 40 marks

Section B

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Higher: 10 marks

Speaking paper

Foundation

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Foundation Paper 2 – Speaking

Foundation Paper 2 – Speaking

7-9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time)

7–9 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time)

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

70 marks (25% of GCSE)

  • Role play: 2 minutes (15 marks)
  • Photo card: 2 minutes (15 marks)
  • Conversation: 3–5 minutes (30 marks)

Role-play (2 minutes) – 10 marks

Photo card (2 minutes) – 24 marks

Conversation (3½–4½ minutes) – 36 marks

Higher

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Higher Paper 2 – Speaking

Higher Paper 2 – Speaking

10–12 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time)

10–12 minutes (plus 12 minutes preparation time)

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

70 marks (25% of GCSE)

  • Role play: 2 minutes (15 marks)
  • Photo card: 3 minutes (15 marks)
  • Conversation: 5–7 minutes (30 marks)

Higher tier

Role-play (2 minutes) – 10 marks

Photo card (3-3½ minutes) – 24 marks

Conversation (5–6 minutes) – 36 marks

Reading paper

Foundation

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Foundation Paper 3 – Reading

Foundation Paper 3 – Reading

45 minutes

45 minutes

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

Section A, 33 marks:

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Section B, 18 marks:

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Section C, 9 marks:

Translation into English

Section A

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Foundation: 28 marks

Section B

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Foundation: 15 marks

Section C – translation into English

7 marks at each tier

Higher

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Higher Paper 3 – Reading

Higher Paper 3 – Reading

1 hour

1 hour

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

Section A, 33 marks:

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Section B, 18 marks:

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Section C, 9 marks:

Translation into English

Section A

Questions and answers in English or non-verbal

Higher: 28 marks

Section B

Questions and answers in the target language or non-verbal

Higher: 15 marks

Section C – translation into English

7 marks at each tier

Writing paper

Foundation

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Foundation Paper 4 – Writing

Foundation Paper 4 – Writing

1 hour

1 hour 10 minutes

50 marks (25% of GCSE)

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

Tasks:

Question 1: Write four sentences to describe a photo (8 marks)

Question 2: Write 40 words approx in response to four short compulsory bullet points (16 marks)

Question 3: Translation of sentences of 35 words approx into the target language (10 marks)

Question 4: Write 90 words approx in response to four compulsory bullet points with a choice of two questions (16 marks)

Question 1: write 20-30 words to describe a photo (12 marks)

Question 2: write 40-50 words in response to 3 compulsory bullet points (16 marks)

Question 3: write 80-90 words in response to 4 compulsory bullet points with choice of two questions (20 marks)

Question 4: translation of sentences of approx 35 words into the target language (12 marks)

Higher

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Higher Paper 4 – Writing

Higher Paper 4 – Writing

1 hour 15 minutes

1 hour 20 minutes

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

60 marks (25% of GCSE)

Tasks:

Question 1: Write 90 words approx in response to four compulsory bullet points with a choice of two questions (16 marks)

Question 2: Write 150 words approx in response to two compulsory bullet points with a choice of two questions (32 marks)

Question 3: Translation of a short passage of 50 words approx into the target language (12 marks)

Tasks:

Question 1: write 80-90 words in response to 4 compulsory bullet points with choice of two questions (20 marks)

Question 2: write 130-150 words in response to four compulsory bullet points, with a choice of two questions (28 marks)

Question 3: translation of short passage of 50 words approx into the target language (12 marks)

Subject content

Core themes

AQA – GCSE Spanish

Edexcel – GCSE Spanish

Identity and culture

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals in Spanish-speaking countries/communities

Identity and culture

  • Who am I?
  • Daily life
  • Cultural life

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues
  • Global issues
  • Travel and tourism

Local area, holiday and travel

  • Holidays
  • Travel and tourist transactions
  • Town, region and country

Current and future study and employment

  • My studies
  • Life at school/college
  • Education post-16
  • Jobs, career choices and ambitions

School

  • What school is like
  • School activities

Future aspirations, study and work

  • Using languages beyond the classroom
  • Ambitions
  • Work

International and global dimension

  • Bringing the world together
  • Environmental issues

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