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 at least one of French, German or Spanish Grade B.
4 years full-time with integrated year abroad
UCAS Code: QR34. 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 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.
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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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.
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 Associated Centre in the UK and scored an impressive 93/100 on the Cervantes Teaching Quality Scale during a recent visit. The Spanish section will be hosting a range of Spanish Cultural Events sponsored by the Cervantes Institute.
Our innovative English Language degree aims to provide you with a theoretical knowledge and understanding of the English language, how it works in society and its role in the world today. At the same time we emphasise the practical application of English Language studies to the real world through professionally relevant modules in areas such as Teaching and Learning English or Language in the Workplace or Language and the Law. Your First Year of studying English Language at Aston will give you a broad introduction to language and meaning, to the influence of form and context and to the role of language in society. In the Second Year you build upon the themes introduced in your First Year through the study of core and elective modules designed to equip you to describe the features of spoken and written language in technical detail, as well as collecting, managing and working with linguistic data. In the Final Year you can choose from a wide range of elective modules to suit your interests and/or career plans. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in the form of a dissertation on an agreed topic of your choice.
Spanish Language Skills I (LS1001) Introduction to Spain (LS1015) Introduction to Latin America (LS1019)
Introduction to English Language: contexts, modes and media (LE1085) Introduction to English Language: Language in Society (LE1086) Grammar and Meaning (LE1008) Academic Communication Skills (LE1087)
Core modules: Spanish Language Skills II (LS2001) Contemporary Spain (LS2016) Contemporary Latin America (LS2017) Spanish in the World (LS2018) Spanish Media (LS2019)
Research Methods in Language and Communication (LE2019) Variations of English (LE2053) Working with Language Data (LE2032) Choose 20 credits from the following: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (20 Credit) (LE2055) Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (10 Credit) (LE2012) Language at Work (LE2007) Computer-mediated communication (LE2057) The Language of the Law (LE2056) Language in the News Media (LE2022) Work Based Project (10 Credit) (LE2058)OR Work Based Project (20 Credit) (LE2059)
Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad
Core: Spanish Language Skills I & II (LS3001) Spanish Research Dissertation (LS3004) Hispanic Film (LS3006)
English Dissertation (LE3006)
Optional: Major Hispanic Authors (LS3009) Human Rights in Contemporary Latin America (LS3012)
Spoken Discourse Analysis (LE3022) Learning English (LE3026) Corpus Linguistics (LE3028) Multimodal Analysis (LE3029) Language as Evidence (LE3031) Language Contact and Globalization (LE3033)
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 Spanish studies 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.
“In my five years at Aston possibly the most flattering praise I received came from a student who said ‘This module messes with my head’. ‘Messing with students’ heads’ is not necessarily what the official course description promises but in my teaching I try and challenge students’ perceptions of what language is and what it can – and cannot – do for them. The key message I try to get across is that understanding the linguistic phenomena we encounter, but rarely notice, on an every-day basis is crucial for understanding and shaping the world around us. We all acquire knowledge in essentially two ways – either through direct experience or from others. For most of our knowledge we have to rely on other people’s perceptions, which, before reaching us, are encoded into language. Language then carries knowledge; once we realise the importance of this simple notion, we can make fully informed and conscious choices as to how we can use language as a powerful tool to achieve certain aims. At Aston our focus is on language use rather than structure. We do make sure our students acquire the relevant theoretical concepts, but our ultimate aim is to show how language works in actual interactions. We focus on the practical applications of English Language studies. We are passionate about teaching and, importantly, use our own research to inform it. As a result our students often have access to the latest research findings even before they are published in academic journals or the media.”
'' 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.”
Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.
Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.