As the second-most widely spoken language in the world, the advantages of being able to speak Spanish are clear. With more than 350 million native speakers, an understanding of the language carries benefits for both business and social applications. Learning Spanish will give you a better understanding of the way other Latin languages such as French are structured, and is also considered to be one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn. If you wish to study a foreign language at a more advanced level or are simply interested in learning Spanish for pleasure, this IGCSE forms the perfect introduction. Full details of the course can be found below.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
At the time of writing, please note that due to the ongoing reforms the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018. You will have the opportunity to move to our new IGCSE Spanish course, which will be launched around September 2017, with first exams in Summer 2019.
No previous knowledge is required for this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 120 and 150 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period up until the final exam opportunity in Summer 2018.
Exams and assessment
- 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
- 40 minutes, 25% of marks
One oral exam, 25% of marks:
The oral exam is 10 minutes. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how to take your oral exam through NEC.
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
All exams must be taken in the same session.
At the time of writing, please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course is Summer 2018.
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 15 assignments
This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.
This course comes with the Palgrave Macmillan Breakthrough Spanish 1, Euro edition book and accompanying CDs.
Speaking practice is a vital part of learning a language. For this you will need to be able to make recordings of the speaking exercises you will carry out.
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- 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.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.
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Module 1: Introductory skills
- Studying a foreign language
- Listening and pronunciation
Module 2: Study topics
- Talking about yourself
- Talking about family and friends
- Finding holiday accommodation
- Ordering drinks and snacks
- Telling the time
- Shopping for food
- Getting what you want
- Travel and transport
- Enjoy your meal!
- Interests, hobbies and healthy living
- Town and country – holiday activities
- The environment
- School, work and getting a job
- Home life
- People and relationships
- Future plans – careers and holidays
- Talking about past events
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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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