Spanish International GCSE

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.



Course requirements

Basic knowledge of Spanish, such as through a beginner's course or school Spanish, is recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, a GCSE course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


This course follows specification 4SP1 from the awarding organisation Edexcel. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from Edexcel's website.


Section 1 - Home and school
  • 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
  • Holidays
  • Tourist information and directions

Section 5
  • Life in the town and rural life
  • Shopping and money matters
  • Public services

Section 6
  • Environmental issues
  • Weather and climate
  • Everyday life in a Spanish-speaking country

Section 7
  • Customs and festivals
  • Travel and transport
  • Childhood

Section 8
  • School rules and pressures
  • School trips, events, exchanges
  • The importance of sport

Section 9
  • Accidents and injuries
  • The world of work
  • Future plans

Section 10
  • Work, volunteering, careers
  • Communication – by internet, mobile phone, email, social media
  • Keeping informed – radio, newspapers, TV, online

Exams and assessment

Three exams:
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None


Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 10 assignments

Set texts and resources

Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
  • 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

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

Operating systems:
  • 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

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.

Paying in instalments

It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.

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IGCSE Spanish Course Sample

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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