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BSc French and Spanish

Why choose this course?

  • French at Aston is ranked 6th in the UK for Student Satisfaction, in the Complete University Guide 2017 
  • Spanish at Aston is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • Spanish at Aston received 95% for Teaching on my Course in the National Student Survey 2015. 
  • French at Aston received 95% overall Student Satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.
  • Contemporary and applied focus, with a high level of teaching delivered in French and Spanish

Download the Languages and Translation Studies subject brochure. 

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad  

UCAS Code: RR1K.  Please note this UCAS code applies to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level Spanish or for beginners Spanish.

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

Applicants for beginners Spanish are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE Spanish are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, 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.

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 French and Spanish. Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.
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 French and Spanish or equivalent. Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in French and Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable. Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

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 2015/16: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £13,800 (£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 French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

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.

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
French Language Skills I

Optional modules:
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)

Year 2

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

Optional modules:
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)
TESOL 
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL 


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year

Core: 
Spanish Language Skills III
French 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
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation 
Representations of Minorities

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a Spanish-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied Spanish/German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language. 


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 Ab Initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies
French Language Skills I

Optional modules:
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)

Year 2

 

Core modules:
Spanish Language Skills Ab Initio II
Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema
French Language Skills II

Optional modules:
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
IBE (Latin America)
TESOL 
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL 


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year

 

Core: 
Spanish Language Skills III
French 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
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation 
Representations of Minorities


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 French and 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.'

Dr Graeme Hayes - Senior Lecturer in French 

Graeme Hayes

'I work on social movements, particularly environmental movements, and especially in France. I have just returned from a two-year EU research fellowship in Rennes, working on protest movements such as the current campaign against the construction of a new airport just north of Nantes. My work centres on collective memory, and what I call ‘activist tradition’ – in other words, how contemporary campaigns relate to previous campaigns, how the meaning of the past is a focus of dispute, and how this affects the forms that social movement campaigns take today. I teach a Year 2 module here at Aston called ‘French Society: Conflict & Consensus’, where I get to talk about these issues and ideas – how disputes about the environment, or about industrial relations, or about the education system, or about rioting in the suburbs, aren’t just disputes about what should or shouldn’t happen today and tomorrow – but also what it means to be French, what liberté and égalité and fraternité should be, what the Republic is. It’s great preparation for students about to go on their year abroad.'


The third year of your course is spent abroad in a French and 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 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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Schielan Babat, Graduate 2013

BSc International Relations, French and Spanish

What I love about studying French and Spanish at Aston is that it is not merely focused on the linguistic aspect but includes modules on French and Spanish history, society and culture.

 

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