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QR34 BA English and Spanish (4 yrs)

‘You read widely, have a talent for languages, and are passionate about communication. English and Spanish at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about language and literature in new and engaging ways’.

Introducing your degree

On this joint degree in English and Spanish you will explore English literature and critical theory, alongside Spanish culture, politics and history. The third year of this four year degree will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country as an English language assistant, studying on a university course, or on an approved work placement. Careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas have been entered into by graduates of this course.

Programme Overview

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Programme Structure

• In your first year, you will take a balance of English and Spanish modules. Studying English you will explore the form and material context of different literary narratives, and debates in critical theory. In your Spanish modules you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency and introduced to the study of Spanish cultural forms, political and historical issues.

• In your second year you will choose from a wide range of Spanish language and English literary topics from the medieval period to Latin American culture.

• You will spend your third year in a country where Spanish is spoken. Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period.

• In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a linguist and independent researcher in literary studies with the option of completing a dissertation on a literary topic of your choice.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • 90% of the English department's research was judged of international importance in the 2008 RAE
  • Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
  • Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
Education driven by research
Education driven by research

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including Grades AB in English* and Spanish.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

*Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes. 

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in Spanish at higher level and 6 in English* at higher level
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content


Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year).  A minimum of one module in English will be taken in semester one, and one double module in English will be taken in semester two; the other two in each semester will be taken in Modern Languages.  One module in each semester will normally be your Spanish language course.

Narrative and Culture may be replaced with an alternative module PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English.

You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages module in each semester.  However, you may opt to take a single module in an alternative subject.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language

Critical Theory
Reading the City
Elements of Linguistics: Sound, Structure and Meaning
Applications of Linguistics

Year 2

Students should normally choose three (one double and two single) optional English modules (ENGL) in the year.

Students should normally choose one optional Modern Languages module in each semester (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG). You must choose at least one SPAN module in the year.

LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.  You may replace one single English module in one semester and one optional single Spanish module in the other semester with a single module in an alternative subject.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English; the other the equivalent credits in Spanish.

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where Spanish is spoken, either as:

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:
Year abroad

Year 4

If you wish to do an English dissertation in semester two, you will normally take EITHER two single English modules OR one double English module to take in semester one. If you do not wish to take an English dissertation, you will normally choose one double English module in semester one and two single English modules in semester two.

You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages unit in each semester (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG). You must choose at least one SPAN unit in the year.  You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in Spanish.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15-credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English; the other the equivalent credits in Spanish. 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and Spanish at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and Spanish graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• communicate with fluency in another language
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and Spanish also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our English and Modern Languages Careers and Employability pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni pages on our English and Modern Languages websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English and Modern Languages degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and Modern Languages websites

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and Spanish degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, language, and cultures in the wider European and international context. There are opportunities for creative writing, study abroad, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English and Modern Languages academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Access to the Language Resource Centre’s extensive collections of video and audio recordings, grammars and dictionaries, newspapers and magazines

• An exciting range of assessment methods including speaking and listening exams, presentations, a year abroad investigative project, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• Opportunities to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Polish

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Study at one of our partner universities under the Erasmus scheme during your year abroad

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

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