The University of Southampton

N1R4 BSc Business Management and Spanish (4 years)

A degree in Business Management and Spanish provides you with the tools you need for a career in teaching, business or translating. The ability to speak Spanish fluently as a second language provides a wealth of employment opportunities that could see you travelling the world. The ideal degree for those who enjoy managing teams or leading projects.


The Programme enables you to combine the acquisition and consolidation of a high level of proficiency in Spanish with the study of Business Management. This programme is designed to enable you to develop skills which will be indispensable to employers who are engaged in global business and seeking to enhance their global presence. Through the study of a language and subject specific modules related to that language (politics, history and cultural studies modules), you will develop the cultural intelligence which will enable you to communicate effectively and be successful in Business Management in different cultural settings.

In Business Management you will study managerial decision-making processes, investigate commonly used Business Management techniques and assess the means by which people and systems can be managed to improve organisational performance. Through this programme of studies you will engage with contemporary global issues and have the opportunity to develop your business skills to ensure you are well equipped to enter industry, and ultimately lead organisations in the future. On the Modern Languages side of your degree you will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and competencies in a wide range of content areas and disciplinary strands which are at the core of the study of languages cultures and societies. It will equip you with a solid understanding of your chosen language and its context of production, history and society and will enable you to critically engage with its cultures

The Business Management programme provides a comprehensive and flexible education in business management. It is concerned with the successful operation of all types of organisations, including start-ups, large corporations, social enterprises and non-profits. The programme will provide you with a broad introduction to key principles and practices in business management, which examine accounting, marketing, finance, strategy and entrepreneurship to enable you to become familiar with the core issues concerning planning, organising, leading and controlling activity in the context of all organisations. The structure is designed to enable you to specialise and tailor the programme to your specific needs and interests by providing the opportunity to study a diverse range of optional modules in both Modern Languages and Business Management. The programme is distinctive in that it provides students with an overview of the development of the world of business and key technologies, while providing cutting edge insight into new emergent markets and trends, providing future leaders with a comprehensive overview issues which will assist them in their career development.

This programme is highly relevant for students considering embarking on a managerial career in a range of private, public and third sector organisations. Due to the wide range of topics studied, it will also be suitable for those considering working in a variety of different sectors in the UK and internationally. Students will be able to appreciate the diversity, processes, barriers and facilitators of success in dynamic organisations. The programme makes use of state of the art theoretical frameworks and case studies, while being alert as to how they can be applied in a ‘real world’ setting. The range of bespoke and contemporarily relevant optional modules will assist students in developing and deepening their knowledge in areas which are relevant to their interests and future career plans. The option to take up a work placement during the year abroad provides the opportunity to see how theory connects to practice in real world environments, while gaining valuable experience.

The Modern Languages side of the programme will provide you with an overarching learning environment solidly rooted in key disciplinary contexts such as linguistics, socio-historical studies, ethnography and cultural studies which are all central to the understanding of other societies and culture. You will become familiar with the scholarly discourse and debates about languages and cultures in a comparative context and be able to engage in expression, discussion and research in these subjects.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEAll applicants are required to have achieved English GCSE Grade C or above (Grade 4 or above) and Mathematics GCSE Grade B or above (Grade 6 or above). GCSE Application of Maths, Methods of Maths and Use of Maths can only be accepted if the applicant has achieved Grade B or above (Grade 6 or above) in any 2 of these courses
A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB including Grade A in Spanish and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics.

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

We accept all A levels except General Studies.


International Baccalaureate34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level in Spanish. Where a Grade B in GCSE Mathematics has not been achieved, we can accept 5 points in Higher or Standard level Mathematics
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 in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grade A in Spanish and Grade B in GCSE Mathematics or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

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 our 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.

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Year 1

You must complete the following full academic year modules:

  • Spanish Language Stage (SPAN9XXX)
  • Huma Employability Year One (HUMA1036)
Semester One

The student has the option to choose one module from the following:

Semester Two
MANG1017Credit: 15

Year 2

You must take 2 language modules (language stage(s) 4 Business Management modules (2 compulsory and 2 optional) and 2 Modern Languages content modules (including at least one SPAN module)

This is an indicative list of modules for the whole of year 2. Please note modules have not yet been assigned to a semester as this is a new programme of study.


Semester One

LANG2010 is an additional compulsory module designed to help prepare students for the Residence Abroad.

Compulsory language module:

SPAN9_Spanish Language

MANG2064Credit: 15
MANG2021Credit: 15

Year 3

Year Abroad

Students will spend the year abroad in a country where the chosen language is spoken, either as:

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

During the year abroad students are required to complete an Investigative Project (LANG3005).  This is an independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff and written in the target language.


Year 4

You must take 2 language modules (language stage(s), 4 Business Management modules and 2 Modern Languages modules (including at least one 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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BSc Business Management and Spanish2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentComputer Discs or USB drives - Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses - All software is provided Hardware - It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at
Printing and copyingStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

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

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Modern Languages have a wide variety of employment options to choose from, some specifically using their language skills, others that draw on the range of employability skills developed during their programme. Graduates from the University of Southampton have progressed to careers ranging from Teaching and Translating to Marketing and Accountancy. Events and Hospitality, Retail and Sales and the Media are other popular choices. Our destinations survey shows that most of our graduates work in London or the South East, with many working for internationally recognised organisations. Some graduates move overseas to pursue careers in countries where the languages they have studied are spoken.

For those choosing further study, subjects pursued by Southampton graduates include Interpreting and Translating, PGCE, Law, Accountancy, Management and International Relations. Modern Languages students develop vital skills in addition to a high level of language competence that facilitate this varied choice of employment and study options, including the ability to gather and interpret information, to lead and work within teams and to develop opinions and communicate ideas and intercultural competence. The year abroad promotes a global mind set highly attractive to employers as well as resilience and independence.

Learning & Assessment

Learning and teaching

Your knowledge and understanding will be developed through lectures and other tutor-led teaching. Lecturers will also give you extensive guidance, especially through reading lists and recommended reference and source material, the latter in the target languages wherever possible. Your learning will develop in the more student-led context of seminars, presentations, guided independent study and the preparation of written assignments. Your knowledge and understanding will be developed through lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations and discussions. Language classes are conducted in the target language to encourage familiarity with the language in the classroom. The four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking are integrated with the study of key grammatical structures. A wide range of sources is used to encourage you to operate with different linguistic registers and acquire new vocabulary. Classes for content courses are conducted mainly in English, partly because of the level of sophistication required of you at university level in your engagement with academic debates and essay writing and partly to inculcate excellent oral and written communication skills in English in addition to those which you are simultaneously developing in other languages.

All courses use on-line material and some make use of discussion boards, where students and staff exchange knowledge and commentary. You will receive written, in-class and tutorial feedback, depending on the assignment type and this will enable you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your knowledge and to continue to develop it effectively. You will take progressively more responsibility for your own learning and for the conduct of classes, as you move through the programme. You will spend your third year abroad either studying in a partner university , undertaking a relevant work placement or working for the British Council .

During the year abroad you will complete a research project in the target language and acquire more unfamiliar and unpredictable knowledge of the target language culture and society. This particular feature of our programmes will test your ability to work independently on a clearly focused task designed to increase and demonstrate your understanding of your place of residence abroad. The period abroad makes a particular important contribution to your growing intellectual independence.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to plan and manage your own learning building on the foundation established through your active participation in lectures and seminars. Essays and other short assignments ensure that the critical skills are developed and evaluated throughout the learning process. The strong disciplinary framework allows you to develop a wide range of skills and to specialise through their application during the year abroad. The foundation of the intellectual and transferable skills is laid progressively throughout the various stages of the programme with an increasing reliance on your personal research and self-direction.


Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed in a variety of ways including examinations and coursework. Examinations test your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding, often asking you to present an argument within a very limited period of time. Coursework may include tasks such as critical literature reviews, case studies, essays, written reports, class presentations, portfolios and group projects. These tasks test your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of a subject, normally with full access to reference sources, and to construct an in-depth argument over a much longer period of time. You will be able to track your progress from the introductory broadly contextualising modules in Year 1 to more specialised and disciplinary focused modules in Year 2, to a research project in year 3 and to research-based modules and the optional double-module dissertation in year 4.

Please note: As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, this programme may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.

Programmes and major changes to programmes are approved through the University’s programme validation process which is described in the University’s Quality handbook.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study24%21%0%21%
Independent study76%79%100%79%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment34%39%0%35%
Practical exam assessment7%12%0%22%
Coursework assessment59%49%0%43%

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