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National 5 Spanish will develop your Reading, Listening, Talking and Writing skills alongside the key skills required for work. Pupils will also gain a more in-depth knowledge of grammar as well as continuing to learn about Spanish culture.  Studying N5 Spanish will make it easier to pick up another language at a later date. 


National 5 Spanish


1 Year full time/

5 periods per week/160 hours 


Assignment (12.5%) – one piece of writing 120-200 words long. 


Reading – 25% 

Listening – 25% 

Talking – 25% 

Job Application Writing – 12.5% 


No cost although pupils may want to buy a bilingual dictionary. 


Mrs Laing

Mrs  Sayers


N5 Spanish will allow pupils to develop their overall literacy skills and explore the interconnected nature of languages. N5 Spanish will give you a good insight into how language works and will therefore improve your English. 

 Learning a new language enables candidates to make connections with different people and their cultures and to play a fuller part as global citizens. The ability to use language effectively lies at the centre of thinking and learning. 

Having a N5 Spanish will make travel easier and more fun! 


This is an interesting article about how learning a language develops other skills. 


“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” 
Frank Smith 

“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.” 
Rita Mae Brown 

“He who knows no foreign languages knows nothing of his own.” 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

“You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.” 
Geoffrey Willans 

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” 
Nelson Mandela 


You will study a range of interesting and relevant topics including healthy living, the pros and cons of social media and employability. You will have access to a wide range of up to date resources (many digitally based) to help you achieve the best grade possible.  


Check out our Twitter and Instagram profiles for more information on the types of learning that takes place in our classrooms: @MeldrumMFL. 

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Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

To study Nat 5 Spanish we would expect you to have completed one of the following courses:


S3 Spanish

N4 Spanish

N5 French

N5 German

what will you get?

National 5 in Spanish

The course is graded  

A: Band 1, Band 2 

B: Band 3, Band 4 

C: Band 5, Band 6 

D: Band 7


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


The course will develop pupils’ creative and critical thinking skills as well as helping pupils become better communicators and problem solvers. These are essential skills in the world of work. Research shows that people with a second language make better employees; the transferable skills you learn mean you are likely to do well no matter which type of job you choose to do. International companies are looking for people with language skills who can integrate easily into roles in other countries. Many companies say that job specific training can be given later if an employee already has a second language.   


These videos explain how languages can be useful in a wide variety of job sectors: 

Languages in creative industries. 

Languages in health and wellbeing. 

Languages in manufacture and engineering. 

Languages in hospitality and tourism  

Languages in business. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Juliette- S4

I chose Spanish because I wanted a wide variety of subjects, including a language as I believe languages are very important. I enjoy this course as we learn different Spanish vocab and grammar in a clear way, and sometimes we do so in fun and interactive ways. However, at the same time there can be a lot of textbook work and homework, as it takes a lot of work and revision to pick up a language. I recommend this course as Spanish is a fun language and learning a new language can open many choices for you. 

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Emma - S4

I did well in N5 French and thought that it would be interesting and useful to learn Spanish too. I think it was a good choice despite not doing it before now. I enjoy learning more about the culture alongside the language. I find the listening section difficult and I don’t know as much vocab as my classmates as I have never done it before. However, it is very interesting and a lot easier to learn a language from scratch than you’d expect especially when you already know some of another language. 

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