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British Council

We are the official British representative for British Education in Spain. We certify that British qualifications offered in Spain meet official British education standards.  

Policy dialogue in Education

We support advances in education by bringing together policy makers and professionals to learn from leading practice and shape future reforms.  We also update the UK Government on any educational reforms in Spain and vice versa.   

  • Since 1996 we have supported the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport's pioneering Bilingual Project which provides an integrated Spanish-English curriculum at infant, primary and secondary education level. This has reached over 38,000 state school pupils. A more in depth description of the Bilingual Education Project is also available.
  • Going Global is our annual global conference and an open forum for education world leaders to debate international higher and further education issues and challenges, and to discuss collaborative solutions.  
  • We run annual seminars in Spain to engage experts and policymakers in discussions on innovation and best practice in language teaching and learning and Education.  Our seminar series includes:
Language Education: Towards Integration and Academic Success. Alcalá de Henares. 2016.
Initial Teacher Training for Bilingual Programmes: Policy, Practise and Recommendations.  Alcalá de Henares.  2015.
Vocational Education in the UK.  College Autonomy and Employer Engagement.  Madrid 2015.
Learning and Teaching English in the Digital Age.  Barcelona 2013.
The Role of English in Higher Education.  Segovia 2013.

Compare Spanish and British qualifications

We work with UK and Spanish  National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARIC) to ensure there is increased recognition and awareness of qualifications between British and Spanish Education systems.  Below is a chart showing the equivalencies between our qualifications as currently understood by NARIC.

British Qualification Spanish Qualification
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) Educación Secundaria Obligatoria (ESO)
A-Levels / Vocational Qualifications (Level 3 National Qualifications Framework) Bachillerato / Técnico de Formación Profesional (Grado Medio)
Foundation Degree /  Vocational Qualifications (Level 5 National Qualifications Framework) Técnico Superior de Formación Profesional (Grado Superior)
Bachelor Degree Grado
Postgraduate Degree Master
Doctorate (PhD)  Doctorado

See also