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Proficiency in modern languages will help you to gain a competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. We have created our own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed into the everyday use of foreign languages.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years and our staff are nationally, and in many cases internationally, recognised experts in their field. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities. If you study Spanish you will be required to spend a year abroad in Spain. The experience of being immersed in another culture for several months is one our students find both beneficial and rewarding. They return having made new friends, experienced new places and having grown in confidence.

This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish Studies including culture, society, literature, film and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing.

On this course you will have the option to take up our Interpreting and Translation route from your second year. Alternatively, you will also have the option to apply within the first year of your studies, to follow the route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as part of your degree. Students who follow this route may be entitled to a bursary. 

Proficiency in modern languages will help you to gain a competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. We have created our own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants,...

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Course Content

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.

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

In Year One, all students will study the same four units designed to develop a strong basis from which to develop an advanced understanding of Spanish Language and Culture.

Before the end of Year One you will have the opportunity to apply to study Spanish on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) route. Your suitability will be assessed through an interview, on the consideration of your academic attainment in the year and of your potential for classroom success. 

If you take the pathway leading to Qualified Teacher Status, you will be able to get some experience of what it is like to teach in a primary or secondary school context already in Year One, through some taster sessions. If you decide that you want to pursue the route to Qualified Teacher Status, from Year Two you will enter a programme that includes school placements, mentor training, and the study of specific Education units. 

Year 2

In Year Two, all students will take further language units and will be given a number of options from which to choose a final unit.

If you are on the route with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), one of your Year Two units will be EdLab. Through this unit, offered by the Faculty of Education, you will learn aspects of educational theory and classroom practice, including the processes through which children learn, the psychology of adolescence, the fundamental features of the national curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to spend time shadowing language teachers in schools, in order to get the prerequisite amount of classroom experience that is required for QTS status. 

Year 3

You will spend your third year in Spain and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. You can always get in touch with the department by phone or email.

Year 4

In year four, you will study a mix of units that cover language, culture and society, as well as translation and interpreting. You will also complete an independent project.

If you are on the route with QTS, you will take a specialist Education unit focussing on the pedagogy of languages, for example strategies for teaching grammar and vocabulary, or the importance of intercultural awareness for the language learner. You will also do a placement period, and complete a project focusing on teaching languages. The combination of on-campus study and school placement will provide you with a rich and rewarding experience that will stand you in very good stead in the teaching profession. 

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. You will study a four-year course and be required to spend your third year abroad. After this, you will return to the...

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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).

Grade B or above in A Level Spanish

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 112 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). Grade B or above in A Level Spanish Specific GCSE requirements GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg....

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