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AQA

 

GCSE


Paper 1 is - Listening

  • Written exam: 35 minutes (Foundation Tier) 
  • 45 minutes (Higher Tier) 
  • 40 marks (Foundation Tier) 
  • 50 marks (Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally 
  • Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally

Paper 2 - Speaking

  • Non-exam assessment 
  • 7–9 minutes (Foundation Tier) + preparation time 
  • 10–12 minutes (Higher Tier) + preparation time 
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE
  • Format is the same for both
  • Role-play – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 2 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • Photo card – 15 marks (2 minutes at Foundation Tier; 3 minutes at Higher Tier)
  • General conversation – 30 marks (3–5 minutes at Foundation Tier; 5–7 minutes at Higher Tier)


Paper 3 -Reading 

  • Written exam: 45 minutes (Foundation Tier), 1 hour (Higher Tier) 
  • 60 marks (for each of Foundation Tier and Higher Tier)
  • 25% of GCSE Section A – questions in English, to be answered in English or non-verbally 
  • Section B – questions in Spanish, to be answered in Spanish or non-verbally
  • Section C – translation from Spanish into English (a minimum of 35 words at Foundation Tier and 50 words at Higher Tier)




Paper 4 - Writing

  • Written exam: 1 hour (Foundation Tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (Higher Tier) 
  • 50 marks at Foundation Tier and 60 marks at Higher Tier
  • 25% of GCSE

Foundation Tier
 


  • Question 1 – message (student produces four sentences in response to a photo) – 8 marks
  • Question 2 – short passage (student writes a piece of continuous text in response to four brief bullet points, approximately 40 words in total) – 16 marks 
  • Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 35 words) – 10 marks 
  • Question 4 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
 Higher Tier 

  • Question 1 – structured writing task (student responds to four compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 90 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 16 marks
  • Question 2 – open-ended writing task (student responds to two compulsory detailed bullet points, producing approximately 150 words in total) – there is a choice from two questions – 32 marks
  • Question 3 – translation from English into Spanish (minimum 50 words) – 12 marks