Highgrove Education

International GCSE Spanish

Spanish is the official language of 20 countries and the second most-spoken native language globally, so it is no exaggeration to say that taking an International GCSE is Spanish will open doors to the world. You’ll explore five engaging topics, from daily life in Spanish-speaking countries to pressing global issues. As you master reading, writing, speaking, and listening, you’ll not only gain practical language skills but also discover new cultures and perspectives. Whether you dream of traveling, working internationally, or simply want to broaden your horizons, this qualification empowers you with the skills and knowledge you need. ¡Vamos! (Let’s go!)
GCSE Spanish

Key Information

What you’ll study

Entry Requirements

Assessment Information

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
QualificationInternational GCSE Spanish
Exam board Edexcel
Exams availableJune

Online school, full time or individual courses

Course length2 years
Weekly study time2 x 45-minute live lessons, 3 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 1 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework
Class sizeMaximum 12
Course start September

Individual Tutoring

Recommended Recommended: Approximately 100 x 45-minute individual tutoring lessons, 170 x 30-minute self-study lessons, 45 x 30-minute teacher-marked homework. Pace and level of commitment determined by individual needs.
Course start Flexible
You’ll develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills across five topic areas:
1. Home and abroad
  • Life in the town and rural life
  • Holidays, tourist information and directions
  • Services (e.g. bank, post office)
  • Customs
  • Everyday life, traditions and communities
2. Education and employment
  • School life and routine
  • School rules and pressures
  • School trips, events and exchanges
  • Work, careers and volunteering
  • Future plans
3. Personal life and relationships
  • House and home
  • Daily routines and helping at homev
  • Role modelsv
  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Childhood
4. The world around us
  • Environmental issues
  • Weather and climate
  • Travel and transport
  • The media
  • Information and communication technology
5. Social activities, fitness and health.
  • Special occasions
  • Hobbies, interests, sports and exercise
  • Shopping and money matters
  • Accidents, injuries, common ailments and health issues
  • Food and drink

For more information take a look at the Edexcel International GCSE Spanish Specification: click here

  • A pass in the Highgrove Online School admissions test for Spanish

International GCSE

3 Exams taken together at the end of the course
Listening (30 minutes). 25% of the total International GCSE.
Speaking (10 minutes). 25% of the total International GCSE.
Reading & Writing (105 minutes). 50% of the total International GCSE.


Spanish is one of our non-compulsory GCSE subjects. Pupils gaining a 7 or above in GCSE Spanish will be eligible to study Spanish at A level.

We also offer the following GCSEs

Our core GSCE subjects are taught in group classes via a combination of interactive self-study lessons and live lessons led by an expert teacher:

Additional GCSEs subjects are available via our tutoring programme, including: