Beginners Spanish 1, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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This 16-unit Beginners Spanish 1 course at The Open University UK offers you an excellent start to your learning journey. Starting with simple greetings and saying your name, you’ll progress unit by unit towards being able to hold longer conversations and to understand more language in different situations. 


Have you always loved the sound of Spanish but never been able to grasp what’s being said? Perhaps you’ve holidayed frequently in Spain and felt frustrated that you couldn’t start or join in a conversation? Or maybe there’s a chance you could work in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country? There are many reasons for learning Spanish, but it can be difficult to know where to start.

After successfully completing this Beginners Spanish 1 course at The Open University UK, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Spanish in a limited range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday situations
  • understand and use simple Spanish grammatical structures (for example, questions and statements), and common, terms for everyday objects and events
  • recognise and use basic Spanish phrases in formal and informal styles of communication and use polite forms of address and greetings
  • show basic intercultural communicative competence, including an awareness of Spanish-speaking cultures and societies.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Programme Structure

In Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos!​, you will learn how to:

  • say your nationality
  • give your age
  • explain where you come from and where you live
  • talk about jobs and occupations
  • ask for and give information about other people
  • use numbers up to 100 and above
  • talk about family members
  • say what people look like and describe their personality
  • talk about clothes
  • talk about houses
  • book accommodation.

Learning a language is also learning about culture, so you will discover how to interact when meeting and greeting people in formal and informal situations in Spanish-speaking countries. You will learn about the cultural context of Spanish names, and you will explore the unique features of houses and cities in Spain and Latin America.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 1 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start: At anytime before registration end date
  • Registration closes 31 December





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course. It’s suitable if you are completely new to Spanish and to language-learning, and it does not assume any prior knowledge.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.


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