Edexcel GCSE Spanish (2016)

Languages for all

Here, you'll find everything you need to prepare for the changes to GCSE Spanish, including our accredited specification and sample assessment materials. You’ll also find information about our extensive free support, and our ‘Languages for all’ approach to our new qualifications.

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Our specifications offer a smooth transition from popular key stage 3 content, and our assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills to the best of their ability.

We’ll provide a range of support, free materials, published resources and CPD will be available to help you navigate changes, understand the standards required, and prepare your students for the new linear GCSE (9-1) assessments.

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Our qualifications are designed to show how language is used in real life. We’ve embedded cultural and authentic content throughout our specifications, assessments and support material, giving students a sense of purpose to language learning.

Our specifications focus on themes that teachers and students have told us they enjoy, and we’ve structured them around terms to support teachers’ planning.



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General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
Level 1/2
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What's changing

What's changing

These changes will apply to all awarding organisations’ specifications:

The new 9-1 grading system will replace A*-G, and there will no longer be any controlled assessment. All papers will be set and marked by the awarding organisation.

Compulsory topics will be linked to identity and culture; local, national international and global areas of interest; and current and future study and employment.

Papers will be tiered, with 25% assessment weightings per skill.

Papers will include:

  • short translations from and into the target language
  • some target-language questions in the reading and listening paper
  • authentic stimuli in the reading paper, including literary texts.

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Our approach

We believe languages should be widely accessible, and our new GCSEs in French, German and Spanish have been developed to help students of all abilities benefit from learning a language and learning about the world around them.

We've carried out extensive research with teachers and students, and trialled questions and mark schemes. Our content will include existing topics that teachers have told us they like teaching, and that motivate their students. All our papers are designed to be clear and concise and, where appropriate, questions feature scaffolding to help all students progress through the assessments confidently.

Free launch events this term

We're running free events for languages teachers and heads of department, along with a host of free downloadable support materials available on this website.

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Alistair Drewery, Languages subject advisor
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UK: 020 7010 2187
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