BA English Language and Spanish (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QRJ4
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 97% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA English Language and Spanish degree is offered by experts in both English and Hispanic Studies with a focus on language, literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing.

The Department of English Language and Literature is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • During Level One, you will develop a command of the basic methods, principles and vocabulary for describing, analysing and interpreting language and language use.
  • At Level Two, your knowledge and understanding of language use will be developed.
  • Students spend the year abroad in the third year of study either at University, teaching English or in a business.
  • During the final year you will be encouraged to undertake more independent and specialised work, allowing you to explore the area of applied language studies of most interest to you.
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
Optional Modules
English Language Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE115Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
AND
ADVANCED Spanish Language Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced students (ie with A level Spanish) take the following. Select the appropriate pairs of modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWStage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS10AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 1 A
MLS10BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 1 B
MLS110ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 1
MLS110BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 1B
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLS117ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 1AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLS117B.
MLS117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 1BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLS117A.
OR

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
Spanish General Language Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of Language modules (Advanced or Intermediate).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 2A
MLS201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 2B
MLS204ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate Spanish A
MLS204BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate Spanish B
MLS20AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 2 A
MLS20BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyfredinol Sbaeneg 2B
MLS24AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Sbaeneg Ganolradd A
MLS24BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sbaeneg Ganolradd B
AND
Spanish Compulsiry Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLS208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS209Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Evolution of the Spanish Language
AND
Spanish Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select from the modules below to make up 120 credits, ensure balance between taching blocks and languages.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2AIf you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLC235B.
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2BIf you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLC23A.
MLS203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 2If you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLS210.
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2If you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLS203.
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Description

Students study three modules in English Language and three modules in Spanish.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B/C in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £12,900

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

 

"My undergraduate degree at Swansea University has been extremely beneficial to me in gaining a place on a Speech and Language Therapy course. Several modules that I studied are very similar to the modules that I will be studying in September and so it will give me a great advantage. I also believe that having a degree in English Language has contributed to me gaining a place on the SLT course as places are very limited and competitive."

Samantha Thomas

 


“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French and Spanish

 

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA English Literature
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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