What will you study? 

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:  develop their ability to communicate confidently and coherently with native speakers in speech and writing, conveying what they want to say with increasing accuracy express and develop thoughts and ideas spontaneously and fluently listen to and understand clearly articulated, standard speech at near normal speed deepen their knowledge about how language works and enrich their vocabulary in order for them to increase their independent use and understanding of extended language in a wide range of contexts acquire new knowledge, skills and ways of thinking through the ability to understand and respond to a rich range of authentic spoken and written material, adapted and abridged, as appropriate, including literary texts develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries and communities where the language is spoken be encouraged to make appropriate links to other areas of the curriculum to enable bilingual and deeper learning, where the language may become a medium for constructing and applying knowledge develop language-learning skills both for immediate use and to prepare them for further language study and use in school, higher education or employment develop language strategies, including repair strategies. 

How will you be assessed? 

Students taking Spanish can do so at either Foundation or Higher tiers. 
 
Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Spanish 
Written examination 
Foundation tier: 35 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks 
Higher tier: 45 minutes including 5 minutes reading time; 50 marks 
25% of the total qualification 
 
Paper 2: Speaking in Spanish 
Internally conducted and externally assessed 
Foundation tier: 7–9 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks 
Higher tier: 10–12 minutes plus 12 minutes preparation time; 70 marks 
25% of the total qualification 
 
Paper 3: reading and understanding in Spanish 
Written examination 
Foundation tier: 45 minutes; 50 marks 
Higher tier: 1 hour; 50 marks 
25% of the total qualification 
 
Paper 4: Writing in Spanish 
Written examination 
Foundation tier: 1 hour 10 minutes; 60 marks 
Higher tier: 1 hour 20 minutes; 60 marks 
25% of the total qualification 
 
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