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Graduate Diploma in Spanish (Distance Learning)

Course Description

Spanish is the main language of over 400 million people. It is the second most spoken language in the world and also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Modern language teachers can take this distance learning course to add Spanish to their portfolio. Teachers at other levels may also benefit from this course, as many members of the public.

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Spanish at Dundee?

This part-time distance-learning Graduate Diploma in Spanish has now been running successfully for many years. It offers many advantages in that it allows you to study Spanish at a distance. The Diploma is recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and carries a rating of 120 SCOTCAT points (SCQF Levels 9-10).

The course promotes a lively, on-line learning community studying the Spanish language and hispanic culture, with a high degree of support provided by native speaker tutors. It consists the following skills and topics:

Spanish language, including grammar and communication skills
culture and society
themes such as 20th Century literature, education, the environment, Spanish and Latin American cinema
professional studies

Immersion days in Dundee focus on the development of spoken language, grammar workshops and professional studies, the activities are varied but include:

Spanish language practice with native speakers
visits from the languages advisor at the Consejería de Educación
IT sessions
workshops on a variety of language and cultural topics.

"The Spanish Graduate Diploma is a clear example of how a relevant programme and good practice together provide teachers with excellent support and a unique continuous professional development opportunity." Joaquin Moreno, Edinburgh-based Education Adviser to Spain .

"El Spanish Graduate Diploma es un claro ejemplo de cómo u programa relevante en combinación con una buena praxis contribuyen a apoyar al profesorado con excelencia y le brindan una oportunidad única de desarrollo profesional." Joaquín Moreno, Asesor de educación de España (Edimburgo).

Who should study this course?

Are you:
a Secondary Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher who wishes to gain a GTC recognised additional teaching qualification in Spanish?
a Primary, Further or Adult Education teacher who would like to improve your Spanish for teaching purposes?
an advanced student of Spanish (Higher+) who wishes to gain a University Diploma in Spanish for work purposes or for personal interest?
If the answer to any of the above questions is "yes", then this course may be for you.

Residence Abroad

For those taking the Diploma course as an additional teaching qualification residence abroad is normally a prerequisite for Scottish GTC registration in Spanish (Secondary). This period of residence has to be arranged by course participants themselves.

The next start date is September 2014, and the course lasts for 18 months.

How you will be taught

The course comprises online modules of approximately ten weeks' duration each, and includes weekly online (Skype/Adobe Connect) sessions. There are also three or four Spanish Immersion days per academic year held in Dundee (usually on a Saturday).

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
Hispanic World
History & Society
Work & Education
Culture & Leisure
Health & Environment
Plus you will undertake a personal project.

How you will be assessed

The choice of assessments and the project allow you to focus on you own specific interest areas.
The final assessment is a 2.5 hour written examination, and a short oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.


"This is the best thing I have ever done professionally. It has opened the door to new opportunities that would never have been available to be otherwise."
Hazel Crichton, now a lecturer in Modern Languages

"Studying Spanish at Dundee was a really enjoyable experience and gave me the opportunity to study Spanish in a well supported, relaxed and friendly environment. The course focussed on current issues which enhanced my knowledge of Hispanic culture and topical world issues. In addition, it was also rooted in practical ideas for classroom practice which has really enhanced my own learning and teaching. It also provided me with a network of colleagues who are all embarking on their Spanish teaching adventure and to this date we still share information, experiences and resources."

Colin Meikle, Head of Modern Languages, Larbert High School, Falkirk.

Visit the Graduate Diploma in Spanish (Distance Learning) page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You should normally have a pass in Higher Spanish (or equivalent, such as the Dundee Intensive Spanish course by distance learning), plus an undergraduate degree, in any subject.If you are a Secondary MFL teacher seeking an additional qualification in Spanish, you should also have: a degree in another Modern Foreign Language, and a current Secondary MFL teaching qualification. Please note: Spanish speakers are not eligible for this course.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Course Fees

This course runs every two years and will next run in 2016/17 Fees for 2016/17 = £1,650 per year of study

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