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General information

Instituto Cervantes in Manchester is located in the heart of the city. Studying Spanish in our institute not only means learning the language but enjoying the opportunity of getting to know and discovering the different cultures within the Hispanic world. Each week our students will have the chance to participate in some of our cultural activities.

Students will also have access to our library, which offers a wide selection of Spanish and Latin American literature, as well as movies, music, magazines and newspapers from the Spanish-speaking world

Plan of studies

Instituto Cervantes offers comprehensive Spanish language courses aimed at developing the students’ ability to understand, speak, read and write in Spanish. Instituto Cervantes is proud to announce that, as of September 2008 and, following the recommendations of the Council of Europe, a new curriculum will be effective in our academic programme. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility.

An initiative of the European Council, the CEFR aims to achieve a greater degree of uniformity and transparency in the study of foreign languages, among member nations of the European Union. This serves to increase mobility within member nations, facilitate mutual recognition of language certificates, and promote cooperation among educational institutions from different countries. The Framework defines the levels that determine linguistic capability in areas such as communicative proficiency, active and receptive skills, and linguistic proficiency with specific ends.

The Common European Framework divides learners into three broad divisions which can be divided into six levels:


a1Beginner to elementary - Breakthrough:
Users exchange brief information with questions and answers, within a clear and concrete communicative context.


a2 Basic - Waystage:
Users understand, communicate and express themselves in spoken and written Spanish, using a simple language in daily situations and cultural aspects.


b1Intermediate - Threshold (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language - D.E.L.E. - Beginner Level):
Users understand and are able to express themselves in communicative contexts, in their everyday life, knowing how to solve problems by themselves.

b2Advanced - Vantage:
Users understand and express themselves in general situations where there is an exchange of information. They express personal attitudes on subjects that are familiar for them or which they are interested in and they speak about their experiences too.

c1Higher - Effective Oerational Proficiency (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language - D.E.L.E. - Intermediate Level):
Users understand and express themselves in different situations with complex linguistic structures - still controlled -, with fluency and in a spontaneous way.

c2Proficiency- Mastery (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language - D.E.L.E. - Proficiency Level):
Users express themselves in an suitable form in any situation, controlling linguistic and cultural elements of a native speaker and discerning meaning nuances.

Taught Courses

General Courses

  • 30 hours over ten weeks, one three hour session per week (+)
  • 30 hours over twelve weeks, one two-and-a-half hour session per week (+)
  • 30 hours over five weeks, two three hour sessions per week . (+)

Special Courses

  • 20 hours over ten weeks, one three hour session per week. (+)

Dance Courses

  • 20 hours over ten weeks, one three hour session per week.(+)

Children Courses

  • 20 hours over ten weeks, one three hour session per week. (+)

Cursos de formación de profesores

  • 30 hours of taught classes divided in ten workshops of three hours each one. (+)

On-line Courses

  • AVE. Courses (+)
  • AVE DELE Courses (+)


The teaching staff is specialised in the most up-to-date techniques for teaching Spanish as a foreign language and all our teachers receive training and improvement courses every year as the result of our desire to offer a quality service to our students.

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