The University of Southampton
Humanities

RR45 BA Spanish and Portuguese Studies (4 yrs)

At Southampton you can develop your language skills to the full, and deepen your understanding of Spanish- and Portuguese speaking societies and cultures.

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Introducing your degree

With an estimated almost 400 million people speaking the Spanish language worldwide, a degree course in Spanish and Portuguese is valuable in the modern world. By studying this course you will find yourself being able to communicate with people from different societies and cultures having learned skills in intercultural communication, language and listening.

Overview

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Programme Structure

  • 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

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

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

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including A in Spanish or Portuguese

or

ABB including A in Spanish or Portuguese and A in Extended Project Qualification

General Studies is not accepted.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level Spanish or Portuguese
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 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 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:
Intake:
150
Average applications per place:
8

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.

Modules

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.

View the language modules on offer

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.

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Year 1

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.

Semester One

One module in each semester will be your Spanish language course. You may take one optional module outside your main subject each semester.

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language
Compulsory language module:
PORT9__ Portuguese Language

Compulsory
PORT1001
Introduction to the Portuguese-Speaking World
Optional
LANG1017
Academic skills for Modern Language students
SPAN1001
History and Politics of the Hispanic World
SPAN1002
The Languages of the Spanish-Speaking World
SPAN1003
Narrative and Cultural Identity in the Hispanic World
Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language
Compulsory language module:
PORT9__ Portuguese Language 

Optional
LANG1004
Reading Culture
LANG1013
Reading the City
LING1001
Elements of Linguistics: Sound, Structure and Meaning
LING1003
Applications of Linguistics

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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

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

Further information:
Year abroad

Year 4

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We carefully explain the skills being taught and offer a number of optional employability modules.

Your specialist skills in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.

A year abroad gives you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Learning & Assessment

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportuinity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are a frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek - such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis - embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

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