Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:English and Beginners' Spanish
A level offer: AAA-AAB
Required subjects: Grade A in English at A level; Grade A GCSE in modern foreign language.
IB score: 34-36 (6 in English at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 94 for all joint honours courses in the Department
Campus: University Park Campus
Students of this course study Spanish language and aspects of the histories, cultures, cinemas and literatures of Spain and Spanish America. You will also have the opportunity to study English language, literature and drama from old English to the present day.
In English Studies, you will have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language, modern English literature, medieval studies and drama. In Spanish, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners' to degree level and also are introduced to aspects of Spanish and Spanish American culture, art and history.
In English, you will choose core modules to develop your studies in at least two areas of the discipline. You will also have the opportunity to choose one literary period option, to explore how and why literature can be read in terms of an historical 'age' or 'epoch'. In Spanish, you will develop knowledge of the language to prepare for the year abroad and deepen and widen your knowledge of aspects of Spanish and Spanish American, literature, cinema, culture and history.
The year abroad is usually spent in Spain and/or Spanish America either studying in a higher education institution, or working as an English language assistant in a school, or on a work placement.
You will choose from a wide range of modules enabling you to specialise in key areas of English Studies. Joint Honours students enjoy the same wide range of final year options in English Studies as single honours. In Spanish, you build on language acquisition in year three to develop your language skills to degree level and select specialist options from a range of research-based topics in the literature, cinema, culture and history of Spain and Spanish America.
See also the School of English Studies
A levels: AAA-AAB, including A in English at A level; Grade A GCSE in modern foreign language
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 (minimum score 67)
For details see alternative qualifications page.
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Beginners' Spanish Language
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
Typical year-two modules
Lengua Española I (Year 2)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Typical optional modules
Introduction to Drama
An Introduction to the History of Modern Spanish America and Brazil
The Canterbury Tales
Texts in a Digital World
Spain and Portugal in the Twentieth Century
Medieval Englishes: Variation and Continuity
Ice and Fire: Myths and Heroes of the North
Spanish American Narrative
Patterns, functions, and the description of English
Language in the Limelight: analysing the discourse of drama
You will have a broad knowledge of English literature, culture and linguistics, and of the literatures, cultures and histories of Spain and Spanish America. You will also have acquired international experience and developed your language skills to a high level of competence. Your transferable skills will include the ability to communicate effectively and study and think independently.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Spanish, Portuguse and Latin American Studies was £16,622*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. The assessment consists of a grammar and translation exercise, completed in class during week one under exam conditions, and a written report on a topic related to the year abroad. This is submitted in week two.
The grammar and translation exercise tests knowledge on all grammatical structures studied in years one and two. The report should be 500 words, word processed and about a relevant cultural, social, political or religious aspect of the country where the year was spent. The average of both pieces gives 10% of the final mark for each final year language module.