Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:Portuguese (Beginners) and Spanish
A level offer: AAA-AAB
Required subjects: Grade A in Spanish at A level
IB score: 34-36 (6 in Spanish at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 94 for all joint honours courses in the Department
Campus: University Park Campus
As well as studying the Spanish and Portuguese languages to degree level, you will also cover aspects of the histories, cultures, cinemas and literatures of the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds, including Brazil, Spanish America and Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) Africa.
In this year, you will begin a structured course in Spanish to take you from A level to degree level and also begin the study of Portuguese. You are also introduced to aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history.
In this year, you will develop your knowledge of both Spanish and Portuguese to prepare you for the year abroad and deepen and widen your knowledge of more specialist aspects of modern Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, culture and history.
During your year abroad, you usually spend one semester in Spain or Spanish America and one in Portugal or Brazil, studying, or working as a school assistant or on a work placement.
In this year, you will build on your language acquisition in year three to develop your language skills to degree level, and will select specialist options from a range of research-based topics in the literature, culture and history of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
A levels: AAA-AAB, including A in spanish at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking).
For details please 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
Hispanic Visual Culture
An Introduction to the History of Modern Spanish America and Brazil
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
Spain and Portugal in the Twentieth Century
Typical year-two modules
Lengua Española: II
Língua Portuguesa Nível Intermédio
Discoveries, Empire and Colonies in the Lusophone World: Portugal, Africa and Brazil
Nation Building and National Identities in the Lusophone World: Portugal, Africa and Brazil
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Advanced Spanish Translation
Língua Portuguesa Nível Avanzado
Lengua Española III
Typical optional modules
Spanish American Narrative
Renaissance Culture in Text, Image and Film
Metropolis and Empire: Spain, Portugal and the Americas 1492 to Independence
Literature and Film under Franco
Brazilian Cultural Studies
Lusophone Identities, Culture, and Modernity in Portugal and Africa
Renaissance & Baroque Culture in the Golden Age
Auteurist Cinema in Spain, Mexico and Argentina
Comparative Modern Literature in the Romance Languages
You will have a broad knowledge of the literatures, cultures and histories of the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds, and a high level of competence in Spanish and Portuguese. Your international experience will have proved you to be adaptable, independent, and able to cope in challenging situations.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese 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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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students normally spend one semester in each country. 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.