GCSE Spanish

Ashbourne has a vibrant Language Faculty made up of experienced and enthusiastic teachers. Our students quickly build their confidence and fluency through immersive language teaching and a wide range of materials selected to suit students’ needs and interests.

Why study Spanish at GCSE?

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world as well as a vital tool for business and commerce. The GCSE Spanish course allows students to develop key language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking with accuracy and fluency. It lays the foundation for anyone wishing to continue with a modern European language at A level.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for GCSE Spanish (higher tier)

What is covered in this course?

The five themes covered in this course are: Identity and culture; Local area, holiday and travel; School; Future aspirations, study and work; and International and global. These themes are explored in the context of the four language skills – speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What topics will be covered?

Identity and cultureLocal area, holiday and travelSchoolFuture aspirations, study and workInternational and global dimension
  • Who am I: interests, friends and family
  • Daily Life: food and drink, shopping, technology
  • Cultural life: celebrations, sport, music, reading, and films
  • Holidays: destinations and experiences
  • Travel and tourist transactions: travel and accommodation, asking for help and directions, activities and attractions
  • Town, region and country: weather, places to see and things to do
  • What school is like: types of schools, a typical school day, subjects and rules
  • School activities: school trips and events
  • Using languages beyond the classroom: forming relationships, travel and employment
  • Ambitions: further study, volunteering and training
  • Work: jobs, professions and careers
  • Bringing the world together: sports and music events, campaigns and good causes
  • Environmental issues: access to natural resources, being ‘green’

Who teaches this course?

Alberto Lado Rey

(MA Hispanic Studies, UCL; BA English Language Studies, University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain; Teachers Training Certificate, University of Santiago de Compestela, Spain)”

Alberto is Faculty Head of Languages at Ashbourne and has been teaching at the college since 2000. He has been an Edexcel examiner since 2004. Alberto specialises in Spanish and Latin American culture.

Beyond A level Spanish

Spanish GCSE is a perfect basis for Spanish A Level, which itself is a necessity if you plan to study Modern Languages or Latin American Studies at university.

Most universities also offer combined degree courses that allow you to study languages alongside other major subjects such as History, Law, Business, Management, Politics and Development Studies.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
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Studying at Ashbourne helped me to explore new horizons in art and discover the diverse culture of London. Two years of A-level program have provided me with a knowledge of various Textiles and Fine Art techniques which I hope would be taken further within my specialist area at the university. History of Art helped to develop analytical skills which are absolutely necessary in order to formulate my aesthetic. Now I hope to find my own way within the broad Fashion industry
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