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

  • 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 an academic mentor 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)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Spanish + Beginners Language PATHWAY  

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the one pair of Language modules and one pair of Culture Modules in English or Welsh medium.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS100ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 1A
MLS160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1A
MLS160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 1B
MLS160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select two modules from Below, one in each teaching block. Beginners II modules must be taken with the appropriate Pr-requisite (ie MLF101 and MLF102)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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
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
MLZ101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Mandarin Chinese for Beginners 2
MLZ102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20English-Chinese Translation Workshop 1 (Journalism and Marketing)
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select 2 x10 credits of Culture modules in your beginners language (except for Mandarin)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (B)
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLI100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (A)
MLI100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Italian Culture (B)
MLT100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concepts in Translation and Interpreting
OR
Spanish PATHWAY 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the one pair of Language modules and one pair of Culture Modules in English or Welsh medium.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS100ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 1A
MLS160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1A
MLS160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish Language 1B
MLS160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 1B
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Spanish Language advanced - Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits. Students should choose either English or Welsh-medium modules in the case.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
MLS260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Language 2B
MLS260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
OR
Spanish Language intermediate - Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2B
AND
Complulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits . Where available, students should choose English or Welsh-medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
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

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Dissertation Pathway 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students wishing to write an undergraduate dissertation should take 40 credits in dissertation modules. Students should choose English-medium or Welsh-medium modules as appropriate.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation
ML-320WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paratoi Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
ML-321Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation
ML-321WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
AND
 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select either MLS300A and MLS300B OR MLS300A and MLS300BW, plus the other two modules

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS300ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 3A
MLS300BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 3B
MLS300BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B
MLS304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 3
MLS310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Spanish into English)
AND
Compulsory Modules- Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits in TB1 and 20 credits in TB2

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
HUA305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Spanish Civil War - Its Origins, Course and Legacy
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
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)
MLT320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Business Option
OR

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

Our preferred offer is BBB at A-level or equivalent. We require a B grade in A-level Spanish.

All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.

The Welsh Government’s priority is to increase take up of modern foreign languages in Higher Education (Bilingual plus 1 policy). Therefore to support this priority, candidates, applying for Single Honours or Joint combined Language degrees or Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting will receive an unconditional offer if their predicted achievement meets or exceeds our entry requirements, there is a record of success in a relevant GCSE and they hold Swansea University as their firm choice.soffer text

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS 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 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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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