Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you would like to study Spanish language, as well as Hispanic cultures from across the globe, and combine these studies with another subject.

Course Description

If you choose Spanish and Latin American Studies as your Major, you will study a rich and varied programme developing both your language skills and your knowledge of Spanish and Latin American cultures. By the end of your degree you will have acquired the level of proficiency needed to use the language professionally, as well as a thorough knowledge of Spanish and Latin American politics, history, film and literature.


Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
R401
Start date
September 2018
Department
Modern Languages
Contact

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
ahladmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
schoolofarts@le.ac.uk

Modern Languages website



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Why Leicester?

A fully-funded Summer School abroad at the end of your first year lets you immerse yourself in a different culture and language, building your confidence in your language skills.

Our small group teaching means you will have a greater opportunity to participate in debates and receive more personal feedback on your progress.

Our Modern Languages Society organises academic and social events including film screenings, nights out, guest speakers, language-themed nights, sports events and a weekend in Paris.

Languages at Leicester is an in-house, extracurricular scheme teaching a wide range of languages at different levels including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Russian and Arabic.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

You will study:

  • Either Spanish Language (Advanced)
  • Or Spanish Language (Beginners) 1 + 2

You will also study these two modules:

  • Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Studies
  • Language and Society

And you will choose two modules from this list:

  • Introduction to Latin American Literature and Film
  • Introduction to Spanish Literature and Film
  • The Making of the Modern European World

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will study:

  • Either Post-Advanced Spanish Language
  • Or Post-beginners Spanish language

You will attend the Modern Languages Summer School.

And you will choose two modules from this list:

  • The Mexican-Us Border
  • The Spanish Civil War in Literature and Film
  • Argentina: From Perón to Kirchner
  • Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Contemporary Mexican Cinema
  • Hispanic Documentary Film
  • Latino/a Literature and Culture in the United States
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Nations and Narrations
  • Languages in the Classroom

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad

Year Abroad

The Year Abroad is a fundamental element of our Modern Languages degrees, during which you can study or work in the country related to your course. Alternatively, you can apply to spend a year working as a British Council language-teaching assistant or on some other work placement of your choice, subject to approval. It is even possible to split the year between study abroad and work placement, giving you the best of both worlds. However, it is possible, in exceptional cases, to complete this degree in three years, without a year abroad.

Studying abroad is central to what makes our graduates stand out. You will acquire life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. You will have the chance to perfect your spoken and written language and engage with new societies, whilst all the time building your independence and becoming more employable. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Modern Languages at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite 

We have links with the following universities:

Spain

We also have links with some universities outside Europe and the EU. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Colombia

Mexico

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

You will study:

  • Either Final Year Spanish Language
  • Or Upper Intermediate Spanish Language

And you will choose four modules from this list:

  • Cinematic Representations of Latin America: Local Versus Global
  • The Cinema of Luis Bunuel
  • Putumayo: The History and Culture of a Latin American Conflict Zone
  • Gender in the Spanish American Development Novel: Selfhood and Society
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in Spain
  • Spanish Horror Cinema
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2
  • Extended Essay

 


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Summer School

When you take one of our Modern Languages courses, you’ll get a unique opportunity to spend three weeks on one of our fully-funded summer schools during the summer vacation at the end of your first year, which is an integral part of your degree.

You will live with selected local host families and enjoy language tuition in small groups each morning. In the afternoons, and some evenings and weekends, you’ll take part in cultural and social activities for a complete immersion in the heart of the society, country and region you are visiting.

The benefits you’ll gain are invaluable - you’ll build your confidence in your chosen spoken and written language, gain crucial transferable skills (on completion of the summer school you will receive a HEAR certificate), discover new cultures, and build life-long friendships.

    Major/Minor Degrees

    On a Major/Minor degree, you study a core area in depth (in this case Spanish and Latin American Studies), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

    Restrictions

    Please note that you cannot study a Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies with a Minor in:

    • Spanish Language
    Now choose your Minor

    Teaching and Assessment

    Language skills are taught in small groups, predominantly by native speakers. Our courses stress the importance of communicative ability as well as linguistic accuracy, and oral skills are highly valued.

    Cultural studies modules are taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars, which encourage discussion and debate around prepared topics and texts.

    The use of online tutorials and exercises on Blackboard, the University’s virtual learning environment, allows us to include interactive training in our courses and to facilitate learning in specific areas such as essay writing and grammatical terminology.

    You will be assessed throughout each year by a combination of continuous assessment, seminar presentations, essays, and formal exams at the end of each semester. While final year work is most heavily weighted in determining your final degree class, your achievements during your second year and your year abroad are also taken into account.

    You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

    Independent learning

    When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

    Overall workload

    Typical workload hours for Modern Languages courses in 2016/17:

    Year 1: 17% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
    • Independent learning: 996 hours

    Year 2: 16% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 192 hours
    • Independent learning: 1008 hours

    Year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.

    Final year: 14% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

    • Teaching, learning and assessment: 168 hours
    • Independent learning: 1032 hours

    While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.

    Academic support

    Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

    • study and exam skills
    • academic writing
    • presentations
    • dissertations
    • numerical data skills
    • referencing sources

    Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

    Teaching staff

    You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

    Entry Requirements

    • A/AS-levels: ABB at A-level including a foreign language*. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
    • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-level including a foreign language* + EPQ at grade B.
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at distinction. Plus grade B in A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language*.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in a Higher Level foreign language*.
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus Grade B at A-level (or equivalent) in a foreign language*.

    * If you want to study at Advanced level, you will need an A-level (or equivalent) in Spanish.

    Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.

    Second Year Entry is not available.

    Selection Process

    When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

    Native Speakers

    If your native language is French, Italian or Spanish, and you wish to study this language at Leicester, you will normally be required, in the first year of study, to take English language modules in lieu of the foreign language modules in your native tongue. If you have native speaker fluency in both English and your chosen foreign language(s), you will normally be required to substitute cultural studies modules for the relevant language modules.

     

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

    Countries list

    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2018

      • £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
      • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.

        Find out more about scholarships and funding.

         

      • Starting in 2018

        • £15,980 per year
        • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
          Find out more about scholarships and funding.

        Career Opportunities

        In most cases your Year Abroad can include a year-long teaching assistantship or you could spend one or two semesters on a work placement approved by the University.

        Our annual Careers Week includes seminars exploring diverse career paths. Speakers have come from European embassies and the EU.

        Careers

        Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

        Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
        Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced) BA 4 years full-time R401 Apply Now
        Course
        Major in Spanish and Latin American Studies (Advanced)
        Qualification
        BA
        Duration
        4 years full-time
        UCAS Code
        R401
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