Course Level: GCSE

Exam Board: AQA

Specification link: Click to View

Entry requirements: Studied Spanish in years 7 & 8

Course Description

Learners will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

You will cover three themes over the course:

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local, national, international and global areas of interest
  3. Current and future study and employment.

You will be assessed in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing where each element is worth 25% of the course.

You will be expected to understand and provide information and opinions about each of the themes, relating them to your own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken.

Course Profile

Career Pathways

Some Sixth Form colleges and Universities make having a MFL one of their formal entry requirements. 

The skills learnt through learning a modern foreign language are highly sought after by employers and include:-

communication, including reading, writing and speaking foreign languages, gathering, assessing and interpreting information, leading and participating in discussions and groups, conveying meaning precisely, presentation, responding to others – from discussions in oral classes, attention to detail, boost in personal confidence and independence, listening to other people, resilience, problem solving

Job Opportunities

Finance – banks, insurance companies and accountancy firms operate on an international basis and offer opportunities both to work with foreign clients from the UK and to be seconded to overseas offices

Food and Drink – sourcing products from around the world and negotiating with suppliers demands good language skills

Law – many of the large commercial firms in London also have offices in other European capitals and commercial centres (particularly in Brussels)

Sales and Marketing - with British companies needing to export their products or with multinational companies

Transport, Tourism and Leisure – freight distribution, air and sea transport, hotel management, travel agency work, courier/tour guide

Public Sector – the Civil Service (including the Diplomatic Service, local authorities, international organisations • International Organisations, including the UN and the EU institutions

Teaching and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)



Further Reading

GCSE Spanish