Courses in KS4 build on the four skill areas which are practised in KS3 and the GCSE exam tests each of these skills, namely:


  • Listening – pupils understand and respond to spoken language (20%)
  • Speaking – pupils communicate in speech (30%)
  • Reading – pupils read and respond to written language (20%)
  • Writing – pupils communicate in writing (30%)


In speaking and writing pupils are required to show knowledge and accurate use of a range of prescribed grammar and structures.  These two skill areas are examined through coursework as follows :


Spring of Year 11 – First Assessed Writing Task (optional)

Summer of Year 11 – First Assessed Oral Task (optional)

Autumn of Year 12 –First/ Second Assessed Writing Task

Winter of Year 12 –First/ Second Assessed Oral Task


Most pupils do the Higher Tier exam in each skill but Foundation Tier exams are available for those who find one or more of the skills challenging.


The subject content of the GCSE specification builds on many of the areas already covered in KS3 and can be summarized in the following contexts/themes:


The Individual (family and friends)

Citizenship (where you live)

Employability (school life and future plans)




Spanish is becoming of greater importance in Europe, where it is often the foreign language of choice after English. Not surprisingly Spanish is a popular second or third language: with some 400 million speakers. It is an official language on four continents and it is of historical importance elsewhere. The numbers alone make Spanish a good choice for those wanting to learn another tongue. Since Spanish is also a Latin language, you will find that as you study Spanish you will have a better understanding of your native vocabulary. Similarly, both Spanish and English share Indo-European roots, so their grammars are similar. There is perhaps no more effective way to learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of another language, for the study forces you to think about how your own language is structured.