- In year one, you will study compulsory language modules and a range of option modules. In your second and fourth years, you will develop your practical language skills and choose options according to your interests. You will spend year three in a country where your chosen language is spoken. You will study compulsory Spanish and Portuguese language units. You can start one of your compulsory languages from scratch.
- 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
German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese can be studied in accelerated mode, allowing beginners to reach graduate level competence over four years
Typical entry requirements
AAB including A in Spanish or Portuguese
ABB including A in Spanish or Portuguese and A in Extended Project Qualification
General Studies is not accepted.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level 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.
Learn a language
If your programme allows you to choose free elective modules, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please email your Student Office if you have any queries regarding your module options.
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Innovation modules outside of your discipline
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers our students the chance to take optional modules outside their core disciplines. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future.
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In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). Two modules in each semester will be your Spanish and Portuguese language courses.
Choose one optional module in semester one. Choose two optional modules in semester two.
Choose two optional modules in semester one and one optional module in semester two. You must choose at least one SPAN module in the year.
LANG20010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.
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 module in semesters one and two. You must choose at least one SPAN module and one PORT module in the year, however if you choose to do LANG3003 on a Portuguese topic, then you do not have to do PORT3001.
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).