Taught course

Spanish (GradDip)

University of Dundee · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Higher French/German/Spanish or equivalent in (such as passing the pre-Diploma/DL intensive courses in F/G/S). Secondary teachers would need to be GTCS qualified teachers to be able to obtain further registration in the studied language. Primary teachers would obtain professional recognition.

Months of entry


Course content

This distance learning courses start in September every other year (2014, 2016 etc), and runs for two years.

Graduate distance-learning Diplomas in French/German/Spanish at the University of Dundee are unique opportunities to learn about language, culture and language teaching practice if appropriate as part of an interactive virtual learning community in regular contacts with experienced lecturers and fellow-students. Learning materials are of wide general appeal and are studied in modules of approximately ten weeks' duration. A wide variety of oral and written assessments and the final project allow participants to focus on specific areas of interest. Four face-to-face immersion days per year enable course participants to practise oral skills with staff and foreign students and participate in a variety of activities in a relaxed and informal atmosphere on campus.

A wide variety of assessments (grammar tests, short essays, oral assessments, written assessments (summaries in L1 and L2, correspondence in the target language, creative writing, listening, short translations etc) will be used throughout the course as part of the first six modules and activities will be differentiated to sustain student interest. Each module will normally have a written task, an audio task, an oral task and forum participation. The course project (Module 7) consists of an extended essay and a series of lesson plans for teachers or equivalent which will enable students to apply their language knowledge to their specific domain (secondary, primary, business). At the end of the course (also part of Module 7) there is a 2-hour written examination and an oral examination, both normally held in Dundee.
The aim of the course is to enable students to work at their own pace within the structure of the programme and to apply the language to their field of expertise.

The course can be managed in addition to professional activities but will require motivation and regular participation outside working hours.

Information for international students

Attendance at immersion days will be waived. Attendance in Dundee for final written and oral exams is required.

Fees and funding

Serving teachers may be able to obtain funding from their local authority or from their school.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Professional accreditation can be obtained by Secondary Teachers already registered by the GTC (Scotland) and professional recognition can be obtained by Primary Teachers asked to teach languages as part of the 1 + 2 Language Policy, a new development promoted by the Scottish Government.

Course contact details

Fiona Woodward
+44 (0)1382 385488