Elementary Spanish 1, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
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Elementary Spanish 1

4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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Over 16 units this online Elementary Spanish 1 course at The Open University UK takes you further on your journey towards learning Spanish – one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. 


You’ll explore topics such as talking about work, sport and family, before delving deeper into Spanish grammar including the use of the past tense. 

You’ll work with audio and video resources and have access to a dedicated website, online forums and a learning adviser throughout your study. 

Ideally, you should have some knowledge of Spanish, either because you have learned the language informally or through previous study – our Beginners Spanish series is ideal preparation if needed.

After successfully completing this Elementary 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 each unit you'll explore Spanish language, culture, and specific learning techniques including activities to help memorise words and phrases. As you develop your vocabulary and understanding you'll cover topics including:

  • talking about recent events and those in the distant past
  • referring to daily tasks and leisure activities in the past
  • talking about past sporting events and holidays
  • describing parts of the body
  • talking about your family
  • talking about jobs and professions
  • the preterite of regular and irregular verbs
  • pronominal verbs in the preterite and present perfect tense
  • expressions of frequency
  • direct object pronouns

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Registration closes 31/07/2024





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.
  • However, it's beneficial if you have some basic knowledge of Spanish, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Spanish 1: ¡Empezamos! (LGXS001), Beginners Spanish 2: ¡En marcha! (LGXS002), and/or Beginners Spanish 3: ¡Adelante! (LGXS003)

Tuition Fee

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