1. UCAS code:
    R410
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Spanish degree offers you the opportunity to study a major world language and discover the rich history of Spain, Portugal and Latin America, not to mention the chance to experience life in a Spanish-speaking country first-hand during your year abroad.

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.
  • Our modules include Latin American literature and culture, contemporary Spanish politics, Twentieth and Twenty-First century Spanish and Catalan literature.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Spain or Gran Canaria. 
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad.
  • 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.
  • Have a look at our blog to find out more information.

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

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
Languages for All Route 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module in TB1 and 1 x 20 credit module in TB2.

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
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
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
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLD140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coding for All 1
MLD141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coding for All 2
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 1 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb - Ffrangeg 2 (cyfrwng Cymraeg)
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
OR
Beginners Language Route 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 1 x 20 credit module.

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
AND
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules of beginners languages or 2 x 20 credits of ALE/ENA modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
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
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
MLI111Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian for Beginners I
MLI112Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italian for Beginners II
MLZ100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 1
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Spanish Language Options 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate module language pair (INTERMEDIATE OR ADVANCED)

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 Compulsory 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select both of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 2
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
AND
Spanish Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 3 x 20 credit modules - with at least one module in each teaching block.

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 Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules to the value of 20 credits.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
HIH235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Golden Age of Iberia, 1450-1700
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 MLC235A.
MLI245Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation
PO-237Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Latin American Politics through Film

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLS304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 3
MLS310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (English into Spanish)
Optional Modules
OR
Non-Dissertation Pathway 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS300ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 3A
MLS300AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3A
MLS300BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 3B
MLS300BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B
AND
 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLS307Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hispanic Identities
MLS307WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith
AND
 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3A
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3B
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Terminology Management
MLT320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Business Option
MLT330Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Local Government Option

Description

  • At Level One students take compulsory modules in Spanish language and, for most schemes, a module on Hispanic culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of Hispanic history, politics, literature and film. Beginners in Spanish follow intensive language modules in their first year in order to reach a standard equivalent to A-level. There are a range of optional modules available including Gender in European Culture and Contemporary European Film.
  • In the second year you continue to develop your language skills and, depending on your degree scheme, you choose from optional modules such as: Translation Workshop; Myths of Evita Perón; Culture, Politics and Diversity in Spain; European Fascisms; Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). 
  • In your final year, following your year abroad and immersion into the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, you will take compulsory language modules and specialise in Hispanic culture, literature and film in options such as Politics of Identity in Spain; Love, Honour and Identity in Hispanic Theatre and Film; Gender and History in Latin American Culture; Dissertation.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B 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. Candidates studying for American qualifications should have a minimum of 550 in each part of the SAT reasoning and subject tests (or 1650 overall). 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 £13,650

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 Quote

"I chose to study at Swansea University because the range of subjects offered suited my interests. I spent my third year teaching English language in a school in Gran Canaria. It was a most exciting and nerve racking experience but I enjoyed every minute of it. I developed my Spanish language skills and also had the opportunity to work and travel. I chose Swansea University because of its location. It is close to the park, the beach and near to a vibrant city centre where there is lots of nightlife. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying at Swansea; the course and the year abroad in Gran Canaria have given me a thirst to travel and use the skills and experience I have gained during the past four years. I am now studying an MSc in Journalism.”

Ross Clarke

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

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Spanish 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, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

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

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