Spanish is a national language in 20 sovereign states around the world and is spoken by more than 400 million people. This course is for you if you know just a little Spanish and want to study the language.
This course is one of our new Gold Star International GCSEs. Find out more about them here.
Duration of study
- House and home
- School life and routine
Section 2 - Food, health and the media
- Food and drink
- Common ailments and healthy lifestyles
- Media – TV and film
Section 3 - Family and friends
- Relationships with family and friends
- Daily routine and helping at home
- Hobbies and interests
Section 4 - Holidays and special occasions
- Special occasions
- Tourist information and directions
- Life in the town and rural life
- Shopping and money matters
- Public services
- Environmental issues
- Weather and climate
- Everyday life in a Spanish-speaking country
- Customs and festivals
- Travel and transport
- School rules and pressures
- School trips, events, exchanges
- The importance of sport
- Accidents and injuries
- The world of work
- Future plans
- Work, volunteering, careers
- Communication – by internet, mobile phone, email, social media
- Keeping informed – radio, newspapers, TV, online
Exams and assessment
- 30 minutes, 25% of marks
- 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of marks
- One oral exam, 25% of marks:
The oral exam is 8 to 10 minutes. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
This course has:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
Set texts and resources
- Spanish for Edexcel International GCSE (Second Edition), M Thacker, T Weston, S Barefoot, M Morcillo Laiz, JA García Sánchez and T Guilford, Hodder Education 2017
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
- iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser
- Google Chrome (latest version)
- Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.
How to enrol
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
Paying in instalments
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
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What our students say...
"This has been a wonderful course, well-structured with good subject matter, giving me a good foundation of the Spanish language. This course has provided me with a platform to go on and do another course with a view to obtaining a diploma in Spanish over the next two or three years. My tutor David Tolley has been very encouraging and helpful throughout. He shows a great passion for the Spanish language and he took a great interest in my future plans to study at the OU or through Cervantes."
— James Stewart Robb