Cambridge IGCSE Spanish encourages learners to be confident, responsible and reflective by; using new and familiar structures and vocabulary to communicate with others in everyday situations; seeking opportunities to use and develop their language skills; considering how to communicate different ideas and attitudes innovatively; applying language to a variety of situations engaged and by developing learning strategies which help them to express their ideas and their understanding of other cultures.


The course will cover a wide range of topics in the four key skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The subject content is organised in five broad topic areas:

  1. Everyday activities
  2. Personal and social life
  3. The world around us
  4. The world of work
  5. The international world

These provide contexts for the acquisition of vocabulary and the study of grammar and structures. The study of these topic areas enables students to gain an insight into countries and communities where Spanish is spoken.


IGCSE Spanish 

(grades A*- G) 

Paper 1 


Paper 2 


Paper 3 


Paper 4 



25% weighting 

40 marks 

50 min approx. 



25% weighting 

45 marks 

1 hour 


25% weighting 

40 marks 

10 min approx. 


25% weighting 

45 marks 

1 hour 



  • Translator, interpreter, blogger, teacher, journalist, reporter, product localisation manager, field researcher, liaison officer, tour guide, podcaster, sales associate, motivational speaker, flight attendant, private tutor…
  • Support your appreciation and the importance of Modern Languages in society, employment and study.

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Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailLength of time.Possible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
UNIT 1: Introducing MyselfIntroduce yourselfPresent tense -ar -er and -ir4 lessonsHouseInquirer
1.1a- Where I liveDescribe where you live Personal pronouns and regular verbs
1.1b- This is my houseDescribe your accommodationAdjectives, pronouns, articles
1.1c- What do you do at home?Describe what you do in each roomReflexive verbs
1.1d- Rooms in the HouseDescribe the rooms of your housePreposition of place
1.2: My schoolHow to tell the timeThe negative form4 lessonsSchool, bookThinker
1.2a- Timetables and subjectsHow to talk about school timetableThe days and the time
1.2b- My school DayDescribe a school dayPrepositions
1.2c- My schoolDescribe your school in detailsIrregular verbs of present tense
1.2d- Life in a Spanish secondary schoolCompare British / Spanish school systemsTime expressions
1.3: My eating habitsDescribe what you eat at breakfast, lunch & dinnerNear future tense4 lessonsFoodOpen-minded
1.3a- My culinary tastesTalk about different Spanish dishesAdjectives and superlatives
1.3b- Cultural dishesName what makes a balanced mealPossessive adjectives
1.3c- Balanced mealsTalk about the food you likePast perfect tense
1.4: My body and my healthParts of the bodyEstar and Haber4 lessonsFirst Aid symbolCommunicator
1.4a- I am hurtSay what hurts youExpressions to use when at the clinic
1.4b- At the hospitalExplain your symptomsConjunctions
1.4c- How to keep healthyExplain how you keep fit and healthyInterrogatives
1.4d- A healthy lifestyleExplain how to follow a healthy lifestyleAdverbs -mente and frequency adverbs
UNIT 2: My family, my friends, at home & abroadDescribe your family in detailsSentence agreement4 lessonsFamily treeCaring
2.1a- My famillyPhysical desciptionSerand estar – to be
2.1b- Physical DescriptionsDescribe people’s personalityPossessive adjectives
2.1c- PersonalityDescribe family relationshipsParticiples as an adjective
2.1d- RelationshipsReflexive verbs and emphatic pronouns
2.2: Life at homeWhat are your hobbies?Prepositions4 lessonsBoard gameBalanced
2.2a- At home hobbiesDescribe what you do to relax at homeOpinion followed by an infinitive
2.2b- Daily routineDescribe choresReflexive verbs
2.2c- House choresDescribe visits and visitorsestar + gerund
2.3: Leisure entertainment & invitationsOutdoor activities with friendsFormation of adverbs4 lessonsInvitationReflective
2.3a- My free time outdoorsDescribe your hobbiesNear future
2.3b- Do you want to go out?Describe your activitiesVerbs with sports
2.3c – An amazing weekTalking about past activitiesPreterite tense with regular verbs  
2.4: Eating out Spanish restaurantsRestaurant expressions4 lessonsFork, Knife and a dishCommunicator
2.4a- Waiter!Order what you want in a cafe / restaurantComplex adjectives
2.4b- Dinner at the restaurantLearn how to order food in a restaurantSuperlatives
2.4c- Today we are eating out!Describe different cuisinesComparatives
2.5: Special occasionsDescribe a special ocassionPreterite tense with regular verbs4 lessonsParty hatRisk-taker
2.5a- Celebration daysInvite to a partyPast tense markers
2.5b- Celebrating with friendsDescribe a party between friendsPast tense of the irregular verbs
2.5c- A special occasionDescribe an eventSentence agreement
2.6: Going on holidaysDestinationsAdverbs of time and place4 lessonsPassportOpen-minded
2.6a- What type of holiday?Describe different types of holidaysFuture tense 
2.6b- Researching holidaysExplain what you do during the holidaysDirect object pronouns
2.6c- Holiday destinationsDescribe your future holidaysNear future vs simple future tense
2.7: Friends & family abroadDescribe people living abroadAdverbs of time and place4 lessonsFamily and planeRisk-taker
2.7a- Visiting my family abroadDescribe a visit to your family living abroadtú vs usted
2.7b- How will we stay in contact?Describe what you did during the visitIrregular verbs of present tense
2.7c- Preparing a tripKeeping in contact with familySubjunctive + future
UNIT 3: Home town and geographical surroundingsLeisure in town and countrysidePrepositions4 lessonsTownKnowledgeable
3.1a- What do we have where we liveDescribe the buildings and facilities in townPresent perfect tense
3.1b- Town vs countrysideDescribe different placesComparative expressions
3.1c- Pros and cons of town and countrysideAdvantages and inconvenients in town and countrysideConjunctions
3.2: ShoppingGoing, buying and paying at the shopsQuantity expressions4 lessonsShopping bagCommunicator
3.2a- What do we buy?Describe what you buy at the supermarketPreterite tense with irregular verbs
3.2b- Let’s go shoppingDescribe what you would like to buyDemonstrative adjectives
3.2c- Let’s buy giftsGiving opinion on clothesIndirect object pronouns
3.2d- Does it fit me? Question words
3.3: Public servicesChange or withdraw money from the bankIndefinite pronouns4 lessonsBankReflective
3.3a- Let’s talk moneyDescribe means of communicationVerbs to be “ser” and ” estar”
3.3b- Let’s keep in touch!Explain to security your lost itemRelative pronouns
3.3c- I lost my camera! DOP / IOP
3.4: Natural environmentHow to take care of the environment Conjunctions 4 lessonsGlobeThinker
3.4a- The environment and I Describe how you improve your environmentIndefinite adjectives
3.4b- We love national parksDescribe the role and importance of national parksRelative pronouns
3.4c- Our environment is in dangerUnderstand the issues and find some solutionsExpressions 
3.5: The weatherDescribe the weatherCardinal directions4 lessonsRainbowPrincipled
3.5a- What the weather like?Describe weather forecastImpersonal expressions 
3.5b- Weather forecastDescribe the consequences of the climate changesImperfect tense
3.5c- Climate changesSay what weather you likeOpinions
3.6: Finding your wayUnderstand the given informationDistances and numerical approximations4 lessonsRoadCommunicator
3.6a- How do we go to…?Explain where buildings are situatedFormal and informal constructions
3.6b- A trip to CaracasUnderstand more complex instructionsOrdinal numbers
3.6c- Could you explain precisely?Give directionsPrepositions after the infinitive
3.7: Travel and transportDescribe the different means of transportationPrepositions of time and place4 lessonsTrain, metro, busInquirer
3.7a- Train, metro or bus?Describe advantages and disadvantages of means of transportationPrepositional pronouns
3.7b- Going on foot or by bus?Negatives
3.7c- Urban transportationsDescribe your way in townTense markers
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailLength of time.Possible Symbol?Learner Attribute(s)
UNIT 4: Studying and workingThe Spanish secondary school systemNegation 4 lessonsSchoolInquirer
4.1a- Spanish schoolsHigh SchoolInterrogative adjectives and pronounsCommunicator
4.1b- The Spanish secondary systemSixth FormCardinal numbers 
4.1c- Memories from Primary schoolDescribing your Primary schoolThe imperfect tense vs preterite 
 Teachers, students and facilitiesPossessive pronouns 
4.2: Further Education and trainingDescribing what you want to do after high schoolDisjoint pronouns4 lessonsDegreeBalanced
4.2a- Options after high schoolDescribing future academic plansThe conditional tenseThinker
4.2b- My future plansSpanish University system and degreesPresent subjunctive + future tense 
4.3: Future career plansTalking about different jobsQué and quién preceded by prepositions4 lessonsJobRisk taker
4.3a- JobsHow to choose the right job?Caring
4.3b- My future jobPros and cons of jobsThe conditional tense 
4.4: EmployementTaking a gap yearRelative pronouns4 lessonsTwo people shaking handsOpen-minded
4.4a- My gap yearPart-time jobsTime phrasesKnowledgeable
4.4b- Applying for a jobWriting a cover letterPresent subjunctive – irregular verbs 
 Applying for a jobOral examination: role plays 
4.5: Communication and technology at workTalking about communication in the workplaceNegative imperatives (informal)6 lessonsA computerCommunicator
4.5a- On the phoneICT in the workplaceTelephone numbersReflective
4.5b- ICT in the workplaceMaking a phone callPassive ‘se’ 
4.5c- My job interviewTaking part into a job interviewFuture perfect 
UNIT 5: The international perspective Describing various modes of transportQuantifiers 4 lessonsAeroplanePrincipled
5.1a- International travelOrganised and group holidaysGiving preferencesCommunicator
5.1b- Modes of transportWays of travellingSi + conditional 
5.1c- Group holidayModal verbs 
5.2: Weather on holidayTalking about the weatherPassive ‘se’4 lessonsWeather symbolsInquirer
5.2a- What is the weather like?Climate in different regionsThe pluperfectThinker
5.2b- Disastrous holidaysTalking about the consequences of the weather  
5.3: Festivals and faithTalking about celebrations and religious festivalsPassive with ‘ser’6 lessonsParty hatReflective
5.3a- Celebrations and different faithsDescribing a family celebrationPara + infinitiveOpen-minded
5.3b- A lively celebrationComparing a Spanish celebration with the rest of the worldPast continuous  
5.4: International menusRecipes from around the worldLo + adjective4 lessonsFoodBalanced
5.4a- Recipes from other countriesDescribing foreign dishesIndefinite adjectivesCaring
5.4b- Family mealsComparing foreign dishes with Spanish cuisineSer vs estar 
5.5: Environmental problemsTalking about environmental issues imperfect subjunctive + conditional4 lessonsRecyclingKnowledgeable
5.5a- Ecological problemsSolutions to ecological problemsConditional perfectThinker
5.5b- Asturias: Environmental solutionsTalking about governemental actions to protect the environment