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Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with English, TESOL or a modern language. It is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages are acquired, structured and applied. Our programme offers a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives. The core topics include Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Phonetics and Phonology as well as Media and Intercultural Communication.

Critical thinking and argumentation are transferable skills that are valuable in the job market and sought after by all employers.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad in Spain or Latin America. If Spanish is your minor subject, the course will be three years with no period of residence abroad. You will also have the option to study Spanish from beginners level. 

Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with English, TESOL or a modern language. It is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages are acquired, structured and applied. Our programme offers a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives. The core topics include Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Forensic...

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The course is concerned with the many different facets of language, from the physical properties of the sound waves in utterances to the intentions of speakers towards others, through the application of linguistic theories and aspects of human psychology.

We offer a wide choice of units related to Spain which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject, you will study a four year course and be required to spend your third year abroad. After this, you will return to the University for your final year.

Year 1

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for Linguistics, two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below.

Please note that your choice of Spanish units is informed by your language entry level - if you are a beginner you can take the fast-track route (called AB INITIO) to bring you up to speed.

Linguistic units:

  • Fundamentals in Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics

Spanish units:

  • Spanish Advanced
  • Hispanic Culture and Society

Spanish AB INITIO units:

  • Spanish Fast Track 1
  • Spanish Fast Track 2

Year 2

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Linguistic options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition

Indicative Spanish options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Spanish Language 2
  • Power and Culture in Spain
  • Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Linguistics

Year 3

If you have chosen to study Spanish as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 4 year course, spending your third year in Spain at one of our partner institutions or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement.

If you have chosen to study Linguistics as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 3 year course, progressing directly to your final year of study.

Year 4

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Linguistic options available in Final Year may be:

  • Syntax: Structuralism and Minimalism

Indicative Spanish options available in Final Year may be:

  • Spanish Language 3

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Linguistics

Spanish

The course is concerned with the many different facets of language, from the physical properties of the sound waves in utterances to the intentions of speakers towards others, through the application of linguistic theories and aspects of human psychology. We offer a wide choice of units related to Spain which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without A Level Spanish should contact the University to discuss options

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

UCAS tariff points/grades required 104-112 Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma). A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without A Level Spanish should contact the University to discuss options Specific GCSE requirements GCSE...

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