My year abroad helped me develop my teaching skills and my language skills. I enjoyed sampling the Spanish culture and travelling."
John Kay BSc French and Spanish
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B. General Studies accepted. *Variable offers available
BTEC also accepted, see below for details.
4 years full-time with integrated year abroad UCAS Code: R410 Typical Offers A Levels:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£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.
Core: Spanish Language Skills IIntroduction to Language and CommunicationIntroduction to Film StudiesLanguages for All - in Year 1 it is compulsory for students to complete 20 credits from the choice of modules in Arabic, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
Optional: Introduction to Spain and Latin AmericaIBE (Spain)
Core: Spanish Language Skills IICulture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Optional: Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)IBE (Latin America)TESOLLanguages for All
Integrated year abroad
Core: Spanish Language Skills IIICultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countriesPolitical Landscapes in Spain and Latin AmericaHuman Rights in Contemporary Latin AmericaResearch Dissertation
Optional: Advanced Translation - SpanishSpecialised (LSP) TranslationIntroduction to InterpretingIBE (Spain)Representations of MinoritiesLanguages for All
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.
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.
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