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BSc Spanish

Cervantes Institute

Why choose this course?

  • Spanish at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • Ranked 12th in the UK for Teaching Quality in the 2016 Sunday Times League Table.
  • Received 95% for Teaching on my Course in the National Student Survey 2015. 
  • Teaching is conducted by research experts with international reputations in their fields
  • Achieve near-native fluency and a broad overview of modern societies, politics, histories and cultures within which your language(s) is spoken

Download the Languages and Translation Studies subject brochure.

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R410

Typical Offers
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B. General Studies accepted. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk. 

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish.

Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C

Tuition fees 2017/18: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,000 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.


Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, so the global market has a huge demand for people with a knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish programme at Aston is committed to equipping you with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in this global, multilingual and multicultural world. We are devoted to the study of Spanish in context and therefore we consider the understanding of the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world to play an essential role in understanding the world in which we live. This means that along with near native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, you will also graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Hispanic cultures and societies.

Aston’s Spanish section is the first and only Cervantes Accredited Centre in the UK. The Spanish section will be hosting a range of Spanish Cultural Events sponsored by the Cervantes Institute.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Year 1

Core modules: 
Spanish Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies
Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Optional: 
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)

Year 2

Core modules: 
Spanish Language Skills II
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema

Optional: 
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)
TESOL 
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Year 3 - Year Abroad 

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad 


Final Year

Core modules: 
Spanish Language Skills III
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)
Research Dissertation 

Optional:
Advanced Translation -Spanish
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Introduction to Interpreting
Representations of Minorities
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different organisations, their communication skills and motivation for team work.  For information on graduate destinations please see the careers service:http://www.aston.ac.uk/current-students/careers-centre/graduate-destinations/lss/

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in Spanish, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.


Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla - Lecturer in Spanish 

Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla

'My primary research interest in the Cuban Revolution was fueled by an inspirational professor from my home university – Dr. Nadia Lie, Professor of Latin American Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). My Master’s thesis, on the relationship between former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel García Márquez, was commercially published in 2004 and translated into six languages. I discuss the subject matter in my First Year module “Culture of Latin America” when we study the writers of the literary boom and their relationship to the Cuban Revolution. My current research focuses on the Cuban International Solidarity Missions. We analyse this topic in our Second Year module, “Contemporary Latin America”. After a lecture about the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan Revolutions, I ask my students to read a range of articles about these solidarity missions (from extremely supportive to particularly critical). We then spend one seminar debating the topic, which the students find very interesting. They offer and hear unique perspectives on this unusual programme.'


The third year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our Year Abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from the Year Abroad.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Emaillss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk


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Caroline Davis

BSc Spanish

I feel that Aston's Placement Year programme really helps you discover what you want out of your future career. I spent 5 months of my Placement Year studying in Spain and the last 6 months working in a hotel in Mexico in their Human Resources department. Aston has definitely helped me in defining what I want to do with my future.

 

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