Spanish Foreign Language (0530)

This syllabus is designed for students who are learning Spanish as a foreign language. The aim is to develop an ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies.

The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken, thus encouraging positive attitudes towards language learning and towards speakers of other languages.

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Key Benefits

Cambridge IGCSE Spanish develops a set of transferable skills for understanding and communicating in everyday situations in Spanish. Learners begin to develop cultural awareness of countries and communities where Spanish is spoken. They acquire the essential linguistic skills required for progression to further studies or employment.

Our approach in Cambridge IGCSE Spanish encourages learners to be:

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

Recognition and progression

Cambridge Internationals expertise in curriculum, teaching and learning, and assessment is the basis for the recognition of the programmes and qualifications around the world. The combination of knowledge and skills in Cambridge IGCSE Spanish gives learners a solid foundation for further study. Candidates who achieve grades A* to C are well prepared to follow a wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level Spanish.

Cambridge IGCSEs are accepted and valued by leading universities and employers around the world as evidence of academic achievement. Many universities require a combination of Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge IGCSEs or equivalent to meet their entry requirements.

UK NARIC, the national agency in the UK for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills, has carried out an independent benchmarking study of Cambridge IGCSE and found it to be comparable to the standard of GCSE in the UK. This means students can be confident that their Cambridge IGCSE qualifications are accepted as equivalent to UK GCSEs by leading universities worldwide.

Cambridge IGCSE Spanish has been designed to help candidates develop language proficiency to level A2 (Basic User) with some elements of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR).

Assessment objectives, subject content, mark schemes and task types have been designed with reference to the CEFR to ensure that candidates have opportunities to demonstrate proficiency at the intended levels.


The following are the preferred resources at Istanbul International School:

  • Lola Leo 1 & 2
  • Cambridge IGCSE Foreign Language 0530 Workbook 


Cambridge International Examinations

Candidates take:


Paper 1

Listening – 25% (approximately 45 minutes)

Candidates listen to a number of recordings and answer questions testing comprehension

Externally assessed


Paper 2

Reading – 25% (1 hour)

Candidates listen to a number of recordings and answer questions testing comprehension

Externally assessed


Paper 3

Speaking – 25% (approximately 15 minutes)

Candidates complete two role plays, a topic presentation/conversation and a general conversation Internally assessed/externally moderated


Paper 4

Writing – 25% (1 hour)

Candidates respond in the target language to three tasks

Externally assessed

Early Years

Our programme is designed to encourage a balance of child initiated and teacher facilitated activities. The programme offers children a variety of choices. The environment includes art, dramatic play, maths, language work, enjoying books, art, music, water and sand play, science activities, and so on. Our goals include the encouragement of each child’s natural curiosity and interest in learning.

Primary School

Our School’s primary curriculum is built around the need to provide knowledge skills and understanding arranged by subject under three areas of study, environmental studies, life skills and the expressive arts. Our primary grades 1 – 4 are equivalent to Years 2 – 5 in the Cambridge Curriculum.

Middle School

The Middle School is an important bridging period between Primary School and High School. Our Middle School Grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to Years 6 – 9 in the Cambridge Curriculum.


Cambridge IGCSE™ is the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds, although it can be taken by students of other ages. It is tried, tested and trusted. It is taught by over 4800 schools in 146 countries. The programmes balance a thorough knowledge and understanding of a subject and help to develop the skills learners need for their next steps in education or employment.

AS/ Level

The A Level syllabuses prepare learners for university study, which is why universities worldwide value and recognise Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications.