You will study compulsory units from the Politics department as well as the language of your choice. You will also be able to take an additional option from a range of units related to your main areas of study.
The third year is spent in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement in Spain, Portugal, or Latin America where we have links in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Brazil. We also have an innovative scheme in Mexico - developed by the University and the Mexican Education Ministry - for students to work as a Language Resources Assistant in a University. In addition, we also have strong links with the Anglo Mexican Foundation which offers teaching assistant opportunities.
Wherever you go for your year abroad, you will carry out an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
The final year provides you with a range of module options, taking into account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests, combines with what you have studied so far, and relates well to the first-class research of our staff. You will also have the opportunity to prepare an extended research dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment through the integration of transferable skills into learning and teaching, in particular language skills and strategy training through all your years of study at Southampton.
For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules'.
Visit the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American website to learn more about the department http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/languages/spanish_portuguese_and_latin_american_studies.page
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Modern Languages at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian every year since 2007, and we were third in 2012
Rated in the top 10 modern languages departments in the country in the most recent National Student Satisfaction Survey
Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
A wide range of learning and teaching resources are available, including multimedia labs, electronic whiteboards and language-specific resource rooms
Typical entry requirements
AAB, including grade A in Spanish or Portuguese
ABB, including grade A in Spanish or Portuguese and A in Extended Project Qualification
We accept all A levels except General Studies.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level in Spanish or Portuguese|
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 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.
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.
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.
- Average applications per place:
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
In all years of study you − will benefit from the wide range of resources (including extensive electronic and televisual facilities).
Year one modules provide an introduction to the study of cultural forms, political and historical issues, and linguistic issues.
In years two and four you will have the opportunity to concentrate on your own particular interests, selecting from a range of more specialised modules on Spanish- and Portuguese speaking societies.
A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad in year three, and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve your linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language, and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period.
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.
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In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight moduels over the year). Two modules in each semester will be taken in Politics, the other two in each semester will taken in Modern Languages.
Choose one optional Modern Languages module (SPAN / LING / LANG) in each semester. PORT1001 is compulsory in semester one for Portuguese and Politics.
All modules are compulsory in year one.
You must choose two Politics modules (PAIR) in both semesters. For information about the modules available please see the Politics and International Relations 2nd /3rd Year Options Booklet
NB If you intend to undertake a Politics dissertation in your final year you must take PAIR2004 as one of your options.
This is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether Single or Joint Honours.
You must choose one Modern Language (LING/LANG/SPAN) option in Semester One. You must take PORT2001 in Semester Two.
You must choose one Modern Language module (LING/LANG/SPAN) in each Semester; one of these must be a SPAN module.
Choose one optional Modern Languages module (SPAN / LING / LANG) in each semester. You much choose at least one optional SPAN module in the year.
You will spend the year abroad in a country where one of the chosen languages is spoken, either as:
- an English language assistant
- studying on a university course
- on an approved work placement
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff
Choose two optional Politics modules (PAIR) in each semester. For information about the modules available please see the Politics and International Relations 2nd /3rd Year Options Booklet.
You must take PORT3001 in semester two. You must take one SPAN module in semester two.
You must choose one Modern Language module (LING/LANG/SPAN) in both Semesters; one of these must be a SPAN module.
Choose one Modern Languages module (SPAN / LING) in each semester. At least one module in the year must be a SPAN module.
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).