English and Hispanic Studies BA


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UCAS code:QRH4
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:English and Hispanic Studies
UCAS code
UCAS code
English and Hispanic Studies | BA Jt Hons
4 years full-time/year 3 out (available part-time)
A level offer
open to beginners and A level students of Spanish
Required subjects
Grade B in English and Spanish, if applicable. No language qualification is required for the beginners' pathway
IB score
32; including 5 in English at Higher Level, and 5 at Higher Level or 6 in Standard Level (B programme) in Spanish, if applicable
Course location
University Park Campus 
Course places
25 places across QR31, QR32 and QRH4


This course combines the study of English with Hispanic Studies for which you will have structured language learning along with modules about the culture, history and politics of the region.
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This course, combining English with degree-level study in Spanish language and culture, is open to beginners in Spanish as well as post-A level students. Beginners’ Spanish students follow an intensive language course designed to take them to degree level within four years. Post-A level students in Spanish take advanced classes in Spanish alongside beginners’ Portuguese in year one, after which Portuguese is optional. Absolute beginners, GCSE, AS, or A level students in Spanish are warmly invited to apply.

On this course you will normally divide your time equally between the two subjects. In Hispanic Studies, you will study Spanish and aspects of the history, culture, cinema and literature of Spain and Spanish America. If you have an A level in Spanish, you will take beginners’ Portuguese in year one and will have the option of continuing with Portuguese language beyond your first year and studying aspects of the histories, cultures and literatures of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world, including Portugal, Brazil and Lusophone Africa.  You also have the opportunity to study English language, literature and drama from old English to the present day.

Year one 

In English, you will have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language, modern English literature, medieval studies and drama. In Hispanic Studies, both beginners and post-A level students will begin a structured course in Spanish to take you to degree level. Students entering with A-level Spanish will also begin the study of Portuguese. Alongside the language modules, you will be introduced to aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history.

Year two

In English, you will choose from a wide range of options to develop deeper understanding of the issues and critical approaches across at least two areas of the discipline, depending on what areas of literature, language and drama most interest you. In Hispanic Studies, you will develop knowledge of Spanish (and for those who opt to continue, Portuguese) to prepare for the year abroad and deepen your knowledge of more specialist aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history.

Year three

Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Spanish America doing one of the following:

  • studying at a university
  • working as a language teaching assistant
  • doing a work placement. 

If your carry on with Portuguese language after year two you may also spend the year in Portugal and/or Brazil.

For more information see our Year Abroad page.

Year four

You choose from a wide range of modules enabling you to specialise in key areas of English. Joint honours students enjoy the same range of final year options in English Studies as single honours. In Hispanic Studies, you build on your language acquisition to develop language skills to degree level and select specialist options from a range of research-based topics in the literature, culture and history of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

More information 

See also the School of English.

Entry requirements

A levels: ABB, Grade B in English and Spanish, if applicable. No language qualification is required for the beginners' pathway

English language requirements 

IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Students who require extra support to meet the English language requirements for their academic course can attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to prepare for their future studies.

Students who pass at the required level can progress directly to their academic programme without needing to retake IELTS.

Please visit the CELE webpages for more information.

Alternative qualifications

We recognise that potential students have a wealth of different experiences and follow a variety of pathways into higher education, so we treat applicants with alternative qualifications (besides A-levels and the International Baccalaureate) as individuals, and accept students with a range of less conventional qualifications including:

  • Access to HE Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • BTEC Extended Diploma

This list is not exhaustive, and we consider applicants with other qualifications on an individual basis. The entry requirements for alternative qualifications can be quite specific; for example you may need to take certain modules and achieve a specified grade in those modules. Please contact us to discuss the transferability of your qualification.

For more information, please see the alternative qualifications page.

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, The University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.  


Typical Year One Modules



Spanish 1

This module will combine revision of grammar with intensive exposure to a variety of types and registers of written and spoken Spanish, concentrating on appropriate thematic areas. It will consolidate and build on basic written, aural and oral language skills through spending three hours per week in lectures and seminars.



Spanish 1 - Beginners

This module is designed to take students from ab initio level (absolute beginners) to a level of written and aural comprehension, writing and speaking skills roughly commensurate with A-level. At the end of the course, students should be able to comprehend and respond to written and aural texts over a comprehensive range of current affairs, cultural and everyday topics and engage in everyday social conversation. You will have five hours of classes per week for this module.  



Introduction to Literature in Spanish

You’ll read a series of key texts from Spain and Spanish America. Its purpose is to impart an essential body of literary-historical and cultural knowledge relating to the main periods, genres and conventions of literature in Spanish from the Middle Ages to the modern period. You’ll spend two hours per week in lectures and seminars studying for this module.

Portuguese 1

This module aims to introduce you to the basic structures of Portuguese, to enable you by the end of the course to be able to comprehend a variety of texts on everyday life and current affairs in written Portuguese, to be able to conduct an elementary conversation on everyday matters, to be able to produce basic written texts in Portuguese covering everyday issues and to be able to comprehend basic spoken Portuguese in certain situations appropriate for learners at this stage. You will have three hours per week of classes in this module.


English Modules

Language and Context
This module considers the main forms and functions of English vocabulary, grammar and discourse and explores how they are used in real social and cultural contexts. You’ll look at how language is used for different purposes and how people use language to reveal and conceal social realities as well other topics surrounding language and context. For this module you will have a 1-hour lecture and a 1-hour seminar per week.
Beginnings of English

You will be introduced to the language, literature and culture of medieval England and study Old and Middle English texts. In this module you’ll familiarise yourself with the knowledge needed for reading and understanding medieval texts. In addition you will be introduced to the basics of grammar and spelling conventions. For this module you will have two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour seminar per week.

Studying Literature

This module will introduce some of the core skills necessary for literary studies through focus on specific poetry and prose texts. You will address topics including: close reading, constructing an argument and handling critical material. For this module you’ll have a combination of lectures and seminars. 

Drama, Theatre, Performance

This module, taught through a combination of practical workshops, seminars, and lectures, considers key concepts in the study of dramatic texts, theatre history and performance. The module frames these concepts, taking into consideration questions about who performs, where, to whom, why and how, through explorations of key moments in the Western theatrical tradition.


Typical Year Two Modules


Spanish 2

This module will build on grammatical knowledge and communication skills developed in Spanish 1. Written classes will concentrate on developing essay writing skills in Spanish using a range of Spanish texts as stimuli. Special attention will be given to developing complex sentence structures and rhetorical devices. Laboratory classes will use a range of contemporary audio-visual materials from Spanish and Latin-American.



Modern Spanish and Spanish American Literature and Film

This module explores a cultural period in the Hispanic world characterised by profound social change and the emergence of major world-figures of modern art (e.g. Picasso). It is structured around key literary and artistic movements from Spain and Spanish America from the early 19th century to the latter part of the 20th century, movements such as Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism-Decadence/Modernismo, the Avant-garde, and Modernism. You’ll spend two hours per week in classes. 

Hispanic Visual Culture

In this module you will be given a general introduction to cinema and painting in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first semester you will be introduced to painting in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America from the late 15th century to the early 19th century with an emphasis on how to analyse paintings and understand the styles and contexts from which paintings emerge. In the 2nd semester you will examine contemporary cinema from Spain and Latin America addressing questions of style, socio-historical context and narrative context. In this module you will have two hours of classes per week.


Typical Year Three Modules

Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Spanish America doing one of the following:

  • studying at a university
  • working as a language teaching assistant
  • doing a work placement. 

If your carry on with Portuguese language after year two you may also spend the year in Portugal and/or Brazil.

For more information see our Year Abroad page.


Typical Year Four Modules


Spanish 3

This is a module for all students of Spanish language, and will consist of three hours per week of oral work and writing skills. Recognising that significant progress will have been made in colloquial and informal language skills during the Year Abroad, this module intends to introduce you to a more formal and sophisticated register of spoken and written Spanish using print, off-air and internet sources.



Advanced Spanish Translation

This module offers coaching and practice in high-level translation from Spanish to English. You will work with a variety of texts over the semester, exploring different registers in Spanish and English, and equivalences between source and target languages. You will be required to reflect on the process of translation through annotations on specific translation decisions which will be part of the given task each week. You will also be given a brief for each translation and asked to research the target publication/context for their translation and specify ways in which the target context may differ from the original.

Spanish-American Narrative

You’ll explore the work of key writers in 20th Century Spanish America, all of whom bear the recognisable imprint of literary Modernism. You will closely study two writers of what has become known as the ‘Boom’(namely, Gabriel García Márquez and Julio Cortázar); and three precursors of that generation (Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier and Juan Rulfo). The module will examine the ways in which they make use of myth, the fantastic and experimental narrative techniques to write about history, traditional, popular and/or mass culture, gender and sexuality. You will have a 2-hour class each week.

Civil War and Memory Wars in Contemporary Spain

This module will give you an understanding of the origins of the Spanish Civil War, the character of the war itself, the factors which determined its outcome, and the implications of that outcome for Spanish history since 1939. The module will also consider the legacy of this period of history in contemporary Spanish politics and culture. You’ll have a two-hour seminar each week to study for this module.

The Radicalisation of Nationalism in Modern Latin America: Cuban Revolution in Continental Perspective

This module is concerned with the emergence, nature and evolution of the Cuban Revolution.  You will consider the Revolution in question within a wider historical and ideological context: the Latin American tradition of an increasingly radical nationalism. Dating from the 19th and early 20th century this is a time when there was a need to engage in serious and collective nation-building. The module therefore examines how the Cuban Revolution went on to influence the subsequent radicalisation of that tradition, shaping a range of political manifestation. For this module you will have a 2-hour class each week.

Exotic Iberia

This module will look at representations of Spain and Portugal in European literature, travel writing, opera and painting from the late eighteenth-century onwards. It will examine the construction of an "exotic", Romanticised "other" Iberia in works of art, music and literature which are as popular today as they were over a century ago and, to some extent, still inform perceptions of European Hispanic identity among non-specialists. You will be trained to compare and contrast cultural production over a range of genres and disciplines (opera, painting, literature) and to inform your discussion with appropriate elements of cultural and historical context. You will be enabled to analyse the manipulation of cultural stereotypes and offer critical assessments of the impact and derivation of these manipulations.


And for students who carry on with Portuguese into year four

Portuguese 3

In this module you’ll enhance and reinforce the language skills developed in your year abroad. A number of key areas will be targeted, including essay writing and oral presentations. You’ll be expected to conduct a discussion in written and spoken Portuguese at a high level of sophistication in terms of sentence structure, vocabulary and intellectual debate. You’ll have two hours of seminars, an hour of lectures and an hour of language lab classes per week throughout the academic year.

Brazilian Slave Society

This module aims to provide you  with an understanding of the centrality of the history of slavery in the study of Brazilian society and of the significance of Brazilian Slavery in both the transatlantic slave systems and slave societies in the Americas.

In the first semester the module introduces students to the different disciplinary and intellectual approaches to the study of slavery in Brazil. This will require students to draw on comparative contexts of slavery across the Americas both thematically and theoretically. Topics covered in the first part of the module include the ideology of slavery, economics of slavery, systems of slave labour, slave culture and community, slave identity, and slave resistance. Within these topics we examine themes of agency, race, class, ethnicity and gender.

The second semester focuses on presentation work in a seminar setting. Students will be required to produce individual in-class presentations based on a literature review of a topic or theme covered in the first semester. Throughout the module close attention will be paid to the problems of sources and perspectives in the study of the history of slavery. The module encourages students to develop an awareness of how different historical sources are used and think critically about them. In this module you will have a combination of lectures and seminars totalling two hours per week.


English Options

The final year is when all the different strands of your teaching and learning experience as an undergraduate culminate in the opportunity to demonstrate and apply all the different kinds of skills you have acquired in researching a topic, extended analysis of specialist themes and areas, and in independent study. 

You will have the opportunity to study a range of authors, genres, linguistic approaches, and textual forms and contexts, in both national and international contexts, thinking about English in the broadest possible terms. You will also have the opportunity to specialise in areas for which you have developed genuine aptitude and passion during your undergraduate career.

A typical list of options available can be found on our single honours BA English listing.


The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. The above list is a sample of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Year abroad

Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Spanish America doing one of the following:

  • studying at a university
  • working as a language teaching assistant
  • doing a work placement. 

If your carry on with Portuguese language after year two you may also spend the year in Portugal and/or Brazil.

For more information see our Year Abroad page.



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 and career progression

In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,942 with the highest being £28,000.*

In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,420 with the highest being £42,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.

Careers Support and Advice

Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.

Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.  

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.



Fees and funding

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help. For up to date information regarding tuition fees, visit our fees and finance pages.

Home students*

Over one third of our UK students receive our means-tested core bursary, worth up to £2,000 a year. Full details can be found on our financial support pages.

* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.

International/EU students

The University of Nottingham provides information and advice on financing your degree and managing your finances as an international student. The International Office offers a range of High Achiever Prizes for students from selected schools and colleges to help with the cost of tuition fees.


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This course contains a period of study or work abroad between the second and final year of the degree programme. Students' language skills and cultural understanding are assessed through a mix of presentations and written assignments upon their return to Nottingham.

This course includes one or more pieces of formative assessment.

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