Spanish GCSE

Course Dates: 27/09/18 - 16/05/19
Time: 18:00 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Adriana Itriago Gavidia

At the end of this course you will sit an exam and, if successful, will gain a nationally recognised qualification. Exam costs are included in the fee and are not refundable. An interview and a test are required before enrolling. Please send an email to or call the Languages department 020 7492 2644 to arrange your interview.

Interview dates: Thursday 28th June 17.00-20.00 and Thursday 13 September 17.00-20.00

Term dates: tbc.


What is the course about?

This course aims to prepare students for the GCSE examination higher tier and to consolidate and extend their existing skills in Spanish.
Examination board: Edexcel

Term dates: 27 Sept 18-16 May 19 (28 weeks)
Term 1 (12 wks): 27/09/18 - 13/12/18
Term 2 (13 wks): 17/01/19 - 11/04/19
Term 3 (3 wks): 02/05/19 - 16/05/19.

What will we cover?

GCSE topics: personal identification, family, pets, leisure, hobbies and entertainment, everyday activities, food and drink, health, welfare and fitness, house and home, town and local area, shopping, holidays and accommodation, school, further education and work, language and communication in workplace, the environment and society, travel and transport, public services, world events and issues, relations with others.

Grammar: all main points will be included, with emphasis on past tenses, pronouns and prepositions; understanding and limited use of some conditional and subjunctive.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- give and seek information about yourself and others, describe your home, describe your family and domestic routine

- talk about your school/education/job/future plans, discuss hobbies/arrange leisure activities/express opinions/express likes and dislikes

- find the way, give information and talk about transport, communicate as a host or guest/ talk about holidays and holiday accommodation/make plans

- talk about food and drink: recipes, restaurants, at home, express state of health/describe illness

- enquire about/describe goods required shopping/state preferences

- deal with problems and use services: post office, bank, lost property

- describe/comment on weather/understand basic forecasts

- make acquaintances/arrange meetings

- understand main aspects of Spanish culture and society, talk about environmental issues

- write/reply to a variety of letters/postcards, invitations & messages (some may be hand-written) / read short articles/reviews in the Spanish press and comment on them.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Stage 2 upper course - Students should have attended a Stage 2 lower course or have a lower intermediate level of Spanish, having studied for about 2 years. Interviews start from July. Please book early as places are limited.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide or at
It is also essential that you have some knowledge of basic grammar terminology such as: a verb, a noun and conjugation. It would be helpful if you had knowledge of more intermediate grammar terminology such as: prepositions, direct and indirect pronouns, subjunctive, main and subordinate clause.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course is based on the communicative approach:

- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate

Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Texbook: Viva! Edexcel GCSE Spanish Higher Student Book, ISBN 978-1292118987
Please try: The European Bookshop (020 7734 5259) or Grant and Cutler at (020 7440 3248).

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Spanish 3 lower courses in September.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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I'm very happy with this course, the teacher explains well, the materials are good, and there are interesting activities which allow for self-expression.
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Course Code: LSY22

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Finished Thu, eve, 27 Sep - 16 May '19

Duration: 28 sessions (over 34 weeks)

Full fee: £589.00
Senior fee: £589.00
Concession: £55.00

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