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BSc Translation Studies - Spanish

French Spanish John Kay

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

Entry requirements

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


Our Translation Studies programme combines the study of Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. 

Employed Aston modern languages graduates earn £3,900 (21%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).

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Spanish at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
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Spanish is ranked 12th in the UK for Teaching Quality in the 2016 Sunday Times League Table.
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Translation graduates can also receive certification from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
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Aston is one of only a few UK universities genuinely specialising in translation and interpreting, including an introduction to CAT tools.
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4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R400 

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/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 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.

Our Translation Studies programmes combine the study of French and/or German and/or Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. The programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career either in translation or in allied professions. By the end of the programme your language skills will have reached near-native proficiency and you will also have developed competence in translation and intercultural communication. The programmes focus on French, German and/or Spanish language, culture and society. They also develop insights into the wider socio-cultural context of translation.

Each of our Translation Studies programmes follows a clear progression, building upon your initial level and developing your full potential over the course of your studies. In each year of study, core modules in language and society are complemented by modules that focus on translation-relevant topics. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement (including work in a translation company), at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. In the Final Year, you will have the opportunity to practice your translation and interpreting skills and develop specialised translation competence in a subject area of your own choice. You will graduate as a confident speaker of French, German and/or Spanish with excellent intercultural and translation competence.

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
Translation: theory and practice 

Optional modules:
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.


Year 2

Core modules:
Spanish Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Translation across Languages and Culture

Optional modules:
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)
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
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - Spanish
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories
Research Dissertation 

Optional modules:
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and  Latin America
IBE (Spain)
Representations of Minorities
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish

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.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a Spanish 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 - you might even choose to combine two of these options. 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 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.

Contact Details

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



"Interested? I'd love to hear from you"
Stephanie Panichelli-Batalla
Dr Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla - Course Director

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