The Spanish Baccalaureate (upper secondary education) lasts for two academic years and aims to provide students with the training, intellectual and personal maturity, and knowledge and skills they need to develop social functions and play a competitive and responsible role in the world of work, as well as gain access to higher education. All students that have successfully completed secondary education in Spain (ESO), as well as those that have studied in another country and have validated their qualifications, can take the Baccalaureate.

The Spanish educational authorities offer three different types of Baccalaureate: Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Arts.

FIRST YEAR OF BACCALAUREATE

  1. Students that choose the Science Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Philosophy.
    2. Literature and Spanish Language I.
    3. Mathematics I.
    4. First Foreign Language I.
    5. Depending on the autonomous community and, sometimes, the school, students will also study at least two of the following core subjects:
      1. Biology and Geology.
      2. Technical Drawing I.
      3. Physics and Chemistry.
  2. Students that choose the Humanities and Social Sciences Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Philosophy.
    2. Literature and Spanish Language I.
    3. First Foreign Language I.
    4. For the Humanities path, Latin I. For the Social Sciences path, Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences I.
    5. Depending on the autonomous community and, sometimes, the school, students will also study at least two of the following core subjects, organized in blocks to make the transition to higher education easier.
      1. Economics.
      2. Greek I.
      3. Contemporary History.
      4. World Literature.
  3. Students that choose the Arts Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Philosophy.
    2. Foundations of Art I.
    3. Literature and Spanish Language I.
    4. First Foreign Language I.
    5. Depending on the autonomous community and, sometimes, the school, students will also study at least two of the following core subjects:
      1. Audiovisual Culture I.
      2. Contemporary History.
      3. World Literature.
  4. Students must study the following subjects from the specific curriculum
    1. Physical Education.
    2. Depending on the regulations and subjects offered in each autonomous community, as well as the school, students will also study a minimum of two and a maximum of three of the following subjects:
      1. Musical Analysis I.
      2. Applied Anatomy.
      3. Scientific Culture.
      4. Artistic Drawing I.
      5. Technical Drawing I, unless the students or their parents / legal guardians have already chosen Technical Drawing I in section 1.e).2.).
      6. Musical Practise and Language.
      7. Religion.
      8. Second Foreign Language I.
      9. Industrial Technology I.
      10. Information and Communication Technology I.
      11. Three-Dimensional Creation.
      12. One core subject not taken by the student, which will be considered a specific subject for all purposes.
  5. In autonomous communities that have a co-official language, students must take Literature and Co-Official Language as part of the curriculum established by the autonomous community, although they may be exempt from taking or being examined in this subject depending on the conditions established in the corresponding autonomous regulations.

SECOND YEAR OF BACCALAUREATE

  1. Students that choose the Science Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Spanish History.
    2. Literature and Spanish Language II.
    3. Mathematics II.
    4. First Foreign Language II.
    5. Depending on the regulations and subjects offered in each autonomous community, as well as the school, students will also study at least two more of the following core subjects:
      1. Biology.
      2. Technical Drawing II.
      3. Physics.
      4. Geology.
      5. Chemistry.
  2. Students that choose the Humanities and Social Sciences Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Spanish History.
    2. Literature and Spanish Language II.
    3. First Foreign Language II.
    4. For the Humanities path, Latin II. For the Social Sciences path, Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences II.
    5. Depending on the regulations and subjects offered in each autonomous community, as well as the school, students will also study at least two of the following core subjects, organized in blocks to make the transition to higher education easier:
      1. Business economics.
      2. Geography.
      3. Greek II.
      4. History of Art.
      5. History of Philosophy.
  3. Students that choose the Arts Baccalaureate must take the following general subjects from the core curriculum:
    1. Foundations of Art II.
    2. Spanish History.
    3. Literature and Spanish Language II.
    4. First Foreign Language II.
    5. Depending on the regulations and subjects offered in each autonomous community, as well as the school, students will also study two more of the following core subjects:
      1. Performing Arts.
      2. Audiovisual Culture II.
      3. Design.
  4. Depending on the regulations and subjects offered in each autonomous community, as well as the school, students will study a minimum of two and a maximum of three of the following specific subjects:
    1. Musical Analysis II.
    2. Earth and Environmental Sciences.
    3. Artistic Drawing II.
    4. Technical Drawing I, unless the students or their parents / legal guardians have already chosen Technical Drawing II in section 1.e).2.).
    5. Principles of Administration and Management.
    6. History of Philosophy, unless the students or their parents / legal guardians have already chosen History of Philosophy in section 2.e).5.).
    7. History of Music and Dance.
    8. Image and Sound.
    9. Psychology.
    10. Religion.
    11. Second Foreign Language II.
    12. Graphic-Plastic Expression Techniques.
    13. Industrial Technology II.
    14. Information and Communication Technology II.
    15. One core subject not taken by the students, which will be considered a specific subject for all purposes.
  5. In autonomous communities that have a co-official language, students must take Literature and Co-Official Language as part of the curriculum established by the autonomous community, although they may be exempt from taking or being examined in this subject depending on the conditions established in the corresponding autonomous regulations.

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TABLE SUMMARISING THE 1ST AND 2ND YEARS OF THE BACELLAUREATE IN THE COMMUNITY OF MADRID