Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in Spanish PLUS GCSE grade 5 in English Language

Exam Board Specification

What you will study

You will continue to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish, but to a higher level, with much more interesting topics focusing on the culture of Spain and Latin America.

  • Study a range of topics covering different aspects of Spanish society and culture
  • Analyse text and films as part of the written exam
  • Carry out a research project on an aspect of Hispanic culture to discuss in the speaking exam
  • Attend weekly conversation classes
Spanish students in the classroom.


There are internal assessments to track your progress as well as three external examinations at the end of your second year:

Component 1 – Speaking (30%)
Component 2 – Reading, Listening and Translation (50%)
Component 3 – Essay writing: Text (La casa de Bernarda Alba) / Film (Las 13 Rosas) (20%)

Course Support

  • Small group sessions with a native speaker to improve speaking skills
  • Weekly tutorials to improve grammar, reading, writing and comprehension skills
  • A weekly ‘Stretch and Challenge’ session for more able linguists
  • Regular revision sessions before exams
  • High Achievers+ support with applications to competitive universities

Enrichment Activities

  • Visit Spain and immerse yourself in the language and culture
  • HA+ sessions on an introduction to linguistics in Spanish
  • Careers talks and advice from universities and former students
  • Guest speakers from Spain to deliver sessions on the Civil War and Spanish festivals


Students in recent years have gone to university, studying languages by themselves or combined with other subjects, such as business, management, law, administration, ICT, engineering, international marketing and journalism. The choice is endless!

Carmel College Spanish students in the Spanish countryside.

Career Opportunities

Some examples include interpreters, translators, MFL teachers, international lawyers, risk analysts, broadcast journalists, diplomatic service workers, international marketing executives, international travel consultants and many more.

Carmel College Spanish students outisde Spanish church.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in Spanish PLUS GCSE grade 5 in English Language

Exam Board Specification