Spanish and English

BA, 4 years

This is for you if... you wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures throughout the world, as well as continuing to develop an in-depth knowledge of English language and literature.

Course Description

  • As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course.  As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

This is a joint honours degree designed for students who wish to explore both Spanish and English to degree level, with the course divided equally between both subjects. You will have the chance to combine study of the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures with the study of English literature and critical theory.

You can study Spanish at Beginners or Advanced level. If you have already taken an A-level in Spanish you would start at Advanced Level. If you have an A-level in another foreign language then you can begin studying Spanish at Beginners Level.

Throughout the course you will develop your writing skills in Spanish through the production of short pieces of creative writing and other activities such as online language learning and the use of materials taken from Spanish television and radio, with oral teaching conducted in small groups, mostly by native speakers.

Developing your foreign language skills gives you a powerful advantage in business and opens up a wide and exciting range of careers. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of learning-led experience in a supportive and tailored learning environment, and you will be supported by our team of personal tutors to help you make the best of your time here. 

As part of the course, you will study abroad for a year, where you can live as a student or work as a teaching assistant with tutors on hand to help throughout the year. We have links with several universities in Spain and Latin America. Alternatively, you can take up an approved work placement, in a Spanish speaking country. 

In addition, at the end of your first year, you will spend three weeks in one of our fully funded special summer schools so that you can immerse yourself in the language and culture that you are studying. 

Here at the University of Leicester, we offer a rich and diverse learning experience, with great facilities, knowledgeable staff who are experts in their fields, and a unique chance to study abroad and build your international communication skills. You will be able to immerse yourself in a rich culture of research-led experience in a supportive and tailored learning environment.

Key Facts
Typical offer
ABB
UCAS code
RQ43
Start date
September 2018
Department
English, Modern Languages
Contact

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

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2620
modernlang@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.

Literary Leicester, our annual festival of local and international talent, has attracted such notable authors as Sue Townsend, Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson and Sarah Waters.

Course Structure

Year 1 (Beginners)

Year 1 (Beginners)

You will divide your time equally between Spanish and English throughout your degree.

In your Spanish studies, you will be able to learn language skills from beginners level. You will take an intensive language course which will bring you up to GCSE-standard within a year. In addition to your language studies you will also be able to choose from a range of option modules which explore Spanish and Latin American histories, cultures and literatures.

In English you will study the development of a major genre (the novel), explore the history of the English Language, and hone your close-reading skills in poetry and prose. 

Core modules

Option modules

Choose 2 option modules from:

At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Spain, which is fully funded by the University.

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 1 (Advanced)

Year 1 (Advanced)

You will divide your time equally between Spanish and English throughout your degree.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose 4 option modules from:

At the end of the first year you will attend a three-week Summer School in Spain, which is fully funded by the University.

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

As you continue to build your English and Spanish skills you will be able to choose one Spanish or Latin American module from our wide variety of cultural, linguistic and literary topics.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose 1 option module from:

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

You will spend your third year in Spain, Mexico, or Colombia, attending approved courses in Spanish language and culture, and in English literature and/or language at selected universities. 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, whist 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.

We have 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. 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 continue to build on your Spanish written and spoken skills, with advanced language tuition and a choice of options in Spanish and Latin American studies. These may include courses in film, popular culture, contemporary literature, historical and social issues, or specialist aspects of language, helping you to hone your studies in one area that most interests you.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one Spanish option module from:

Choose two English option modules from: 

English Special Subject Modules

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 spend three weeks in 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. 

When you study in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), you will live with selected local families and hosts 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

Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).

Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.

Find out more

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

Language skills are taught in small groups, mostly 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.

Your teaching for English modules makes use of traditional methods and the latest technology to offer you a variety of learning experiences. Lectures, given by subject specialists, are designed to introduce you to important debates and contexts for understanding an author’s work. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in depth.

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.

Assessment

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 the 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 1200 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 following 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 English (Language, Literature or combined) and Spanish. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Spanish, a GCSE or AS/A-Level in a foreign language is required. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-Levels: BBB at A-Level including English (Language, Literature or combined) and Spanish + EPQ at grade B. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Spanish, a GCSE or AS/A-Level in a foreign language is required. Two AS-Levels considered in place of one A-Level. General Studies is accepted.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3, including some at distinction. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in Spanish. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Spanish, a GCSE or AS/A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English and Spanish. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Spanish, a GCSE or Standard/Higher Level in a foreign language is required.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma at DDM. Plus A-Level (or equivalent) in English and Spanish. Applicants who choose Beginner’s Spanish, a GCSE or AS/A-Level (or equivalent) in a foreign language is required.

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 may be possible with suitable qualifications.

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 University.

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 2017

    • £9,250 in your first year. After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations. (RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.)
    • Year abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year. 

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.
  • Starting in 2017

    • £15,290 per year
    • Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,822.50 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee. 

    Starting in 2018

    • TBC
    Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Career Opportunities

We organise annual employability workshops to help you realise your career ambitions and consider what progress you should be making towards employment at each stage of your degree.

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
Spanish and English BA 4 years full-time RQ43 Apply Now
Course
Spanish and English
Qualification
BA
Duration
4 years full-time
UCAS Code
RQ43
Availability

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