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You can get free state education in Spain from the age of three to 16 and the system is known as the Fundamental Law of Education (Ley Orgánica de Educación). Education in Spain is provided by the Spanish government and the Ministry of Education. Although the classes are free, parents still have to buy all the necessary books and equipment. There are also privately run schools funded by the state and schools which are exclusively private.
Primary School Spain
The private schools have fees at differing intervals and can often be religious or single sex schools.
Not only is the official Spanish language taught as part of the curriculum but so are other regional languages such as Galician, Catalan and Euskers. It is estimated that 98.1 per cent of the Spanish population is literate. From the age of sixteen it is possible to work in Spain.
  The Spanish education system is split into five parts
  Jardín de Infancia Nursery or Kindergarten from the ages of 0–2. Not compulsory, not free.
  Educación Infantil Pre-school teaching from the ages of three to six. This is non compulsory and free.
  Educación Primaria Primary School teaching from the ages of six to 12. Compulsory and free. Primary school is split into 3 two year cycles.
  Educación Secundaria Obligatoria Compulsory Secondary Education from the ages of 12 to 16. Compulsory and free.
  Bachillerato for University Vocation Studies Post Compulsory Schooling from the ages of 16 to 18. This is expected of students who wish to go to university.
     


A student finishing their compulsory secondary education gets the ESO diploma. It is equivalent to English GCSEs.

  For those who wish to take the Spanish Bachillerato the curriculum is as follows:
  Spanish Language and Literature First and Second years
  Co-official language (such as Galician or Catalan) First and Second years
  Foreign language (English, German, French, or Italian) First and Second years
  Philosophy First and Second years
  Physical Education Only First year
  Spanish History Only Second year
  Optional subject (Second foreign language, psychology, information technology etc) First and Second years
  Religious Studies / Catholic Only First year (Optional)
  The specialist part has up to four subjects:
  Nature and Health Sciences - Biology
- Chemistry
  Physics, Maths or Earth Sciences Arts - History of Art
- Sculpture
- Painting
  Sciences & Engineering - Physics
- Maths
- Technical Drawing or Chemistry
  Humanities - Latin
- Greek
- History of Art / World Literature
- World History (only first year)
  Social Sciences - Applied Maths
- Economics
- Geography
- World History (only first year)
     


Those who pass every subject get the Spanish Bachillerato diploma. This is equivalent to A levels.
After this vocational training is a possibility.

Secondary School Spain
There are two programmes. The Ciclos Formativos de Grado Medio requires the ESO diploma and the Ciclos Formativos de grado Superior requires the Spanish Baccalaureate. After completing the Ciclos Formativos de grado Superior students can enter related University degrees.

Spanish schools have long summer holidays but slightly shorter Christmas and Easter holidays than English schools.




 


Quick facts
Government  Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarch
King   Juan Carlos I
Prime Minister  José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
Population  2010: 46.03 Million
Date Format  dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the  Right Side
Internet TLD  .es
Dialling Code  34 (+ 00 34)
Time Zone  CET
Currency  EUR - €

Spain PublicHolidays

Tue
06
Constitution Day
Thu
08
Immaculate Conception
Sun
25
Christmas Day
Mon
26
St. Stephen's Day

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