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The Spanish and British education systems are not identical and nor are the qualifications awarded at the successful conclusion of an academic course of study.
Because we have Spanish and British translators with experience of both education systems we are able to ensure that our translations accurately convey your true academic attainment and endeavour.
We do however draw to your attention that laws in either of the two countries may not always recognise qualifications as you believe they should.
Although the Spanish and British Education Systems are not identical the Spanish System has changed in recent years and is now more similar to the British System.
We keep abreast of changes in the education systems because this is important when translating education certificates and documents.
We explain below both the Spanish education system and the certificates awarded at each stage.
The Spanish Education System (both old and new) is set out below.
The Previous Spanish Education System:
Primary school education began at 6 years of age and continued until 14 and was known as Educación General Básica, abbreviated to EGB.
Secondary school education ran from 14 years of age to 16 and was called Bachillerato Unificado Polivalente, abbreviated to BUP. This course was for students wishing to follow an academic career.
More vocational studies were also offered and were called Formación Profesional, referred to simply as FP.
For those students wishing to follow an academic career the next stage was Curso de Orientación Universitaria or simply COU.
This would be followed by university entrance examinations known as Selectividad or examen de acceso a la universidad.
Current Spanish Education System:
The youngest or early years education is referred to as Educación Infantil and is organised in two cycles from 0 to 3 years of age and from 3 to 6 years of age.
Primary education or educación primaria runs from 6 to 12 years of age and is organised in three cycles of two years each.
Obligatory Secondary Education or Educación Secundaria Obligatoria, known as E.S.O. This is organised in four courses referred to as first, second, third and fourth of E.S.O.
This is followed by Bachillerato which provides two further years of more advanced study.
University entrance examinations are still referred to as Selectividad but follow a new model.
Certificates Awarded in the Spanish Education System
The certificate previously awarded at the successful completion of primary education was called Certificado de Estudios Primarios but is now called Certificado de Educación Primaria.
The certificate awarded for the stage of obligatory secondary education was previously known as Título de Graduado Escolar but is now called Título de Graduado en Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.
The higher studies were awarded the Certificado de C.O.U but now this is called Título de Bachiller.
The certificate for the successful completion of vocational courses was called Título de Formación Profesional and this title has been maintained.
Higher Education has also undergone changes.
Previously the following courses of study and accompanying certificates could be studied at University or Escuela Universitaria which is not unlike the British Polytechnique or Higher Education College.
These studies tended to be organised as three cycles.
The first cycle provided certificates known as Diplomado, Maestro, Arquitecto Técnico, Ingeniero Técnico.
The second cycle provided titles known as Licenciado, Arquitecto, Ingeniero.
The third and final cycle was the Doctorado.
The new system ( from 2010) includes the following options:
A certificate called Título de Grado awarded at the end of a four year university degree.
A masters post graduate degree of two years duration.
The Doctorado which is similar to the British Doctorate or PhD.
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