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RR45 BA Spanish and Portuguese Studies (4 years)

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.

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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.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

Key Facts

Southampton has been regularly ranked among the top universities in the country to study Modern Languages and Linguistics, including by The Guardian (4th in 2017) and the Complete University Guide

Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish

German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese can be studied in accelerated mode, allowing beginners to reach graduate level competence over four years

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry

View 2019 entry requirements

QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A)
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer:

ABB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ

GCE A-Level with Contextual offer

We are committed to 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 allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience.

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:

ABB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A)

A-level additional information

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

AAB from 3 A levels including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A)
or
AA from 2 A levels including Spanish or Portuguese and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Spanish or Portuguese

Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer

Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements.

Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma offer

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese

Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Spanish or Portuguese
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016)

A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 including Spanish or Portuguese at A2

Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer

D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including Spanish or Portuguese at D3

Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed)

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese

Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese and A in one further A level

Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed)

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese and A in one further A level

 

Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall including grade 8.5 in Spanish or Portuguese
International qualifications

Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

For 2019 entry

QualificationGrade
GCSE  
GCE A-level

AAB including Grade A in Spanish or Portuguese

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 Baccalaureate requirements 34 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 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 or Portuguese or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

 

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

 

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.

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.

 

 

Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

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

Compulsory
PORT1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Select 15 credits Select 15 credits from the following:- Please ensure that you select an even split of credits overall by Semester including your compulsory modules.

SPAN1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

SPAN 1003 Narrative and Cultural Identity in the Hispanic World

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Semester Two

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

Optional

Select 30 credits Select 30 credits from the following:- You may choose one Free Elective module from outside of your main subject area with the agreement of the Director of Programmes. If you wish to choose a Free Elective module, please consult your Faculty Department before selecting. Please be aware that it may be possible to take modules from outside your department that are not listed here, however please note that all non-compulsory module choices are subject to module and timetable availability. For more information please contact your Personal Academic tutor.

FREE XX15 Part 1 Elective

LANG1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Select 30 credits Select 30 credits from the following:-

PORT XX30 Part 1 Language Module

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
SPAN9010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

LANG20010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.

Semester One

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

Compulsory
Optional

Language Modules Please select one Portuguese module at the appropriate language stage: If you took accelerated 1-2 you must choose accelerated 3-4

PORT9004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PORT9036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Optional Modules Select 45 credits from the groups below. Please be aware that it may be possible to take modules from outside your department that are not listed here, however please note that all non-compulsory module choices are subject to module and timetable availability. For more information please contact your Personal Academic tutor.

Spanish Modules Select 1 module (15 credits) up to a maximum of 3 modules (45 credits) from the following Spanish modules:

SPAN2005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN2006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Other ML Optional Modules Select up to 2 modules from the following. If you select HUMA2007, acceptance onto this module is subject to the successful completion of an application form, interview process and a DBS check. All students who select this module will be contacted separately. All students MUST indicate a reserve module choice.

LANG2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Alternative Modules You may select 0 - 15 credits from the following: Please note: either UOSM2008 or UOSM2033 may be taken, NOT both.

FREE XY15 Part 2 Elective

HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

LANG XX15 Language Module

LANG XX15 Language Module

LANG XX30 Language Module

UOSM A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM ("Broadening Horizons")

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
SPAN9011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Semester Two

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

Compulsory
PORT2001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Language Modules Please select one Portuguese module at the appropriate language stage: If you took accelerated 1-2 you must choose accelerated 3-4

PORT9004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PORT9036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Optional Modules Select 45 credits from the groups below. Please be aware that it may be possible to take modules from outside your department that are not listed here, however please note that all non-compulsory module choices are subject to module and timetable availability. For more information please contact your Personal Academic tutor.

Spanish Modules Select 1 module (15 credits) up to a maximum of 3 modules (45 credits) from the following Spanish modules:

SPAN2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN2012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Other ML Optional Modules Select up to 2 modules from the following. If you select HUMA2007, acceptance onto this module is subject to the successful completion of an application form, interview process and a DBS check. All students who select this module will be contacted separately. All students MUST indicate a reserve module choice.

HUMA2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG2005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Alternative Modules You may select 0 - 15 credits from the following: Please note: either UOSM2008 or UOSM2033 may be taken, NOT both.

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

Semester One
Compulsory
LANG3005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One

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

Compulsory
Optional

Language Modules Select 60 credits from the following - these modules are CORE once chosen. Please select one Spanish and one Portuguese module at the appropriate language stage:

PORT9005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PORT9006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SPAN9012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SPAN9013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Optional Modules Select 45 credits from the following groups. When selecting modules please make sure that you will be taking an even number of credits (compulsory and optional) in each semester and that you are taking a minimum of 45 credits in each Discipline this year. Please be aware that it may be possible to take modules from outside your department that are not listed here, however please note that all non-compulsory module choices are subject to module and timetable availability. For more information please contact your Personal Academic tutor. Dissertation If you wish to study the Dissertation module, please select the following module. If you select to study LANG 3003, your dissertation must be written on a Portuguese topic with a substantial Portuguese content.

LANG3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Spanish Modules Select 15 to 45 credits from the following Spanish modules. If you did NOT select to study a Dissertation module (as above), please select a minimum of 15 credits up to a maximum of 45 credits from the modules listed below.

SPAN3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN3013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Other ML Optional Modules If you selected to study the Dissertation module, please do NOT select any modules from within this group. If you did NOT select to study a Dissertation module, please select 15 credits up to a maximum of 30 credits from the modules listed below.

LANG3007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Alternative Modules You may choose to substitute one 15 credit optional module for selected alternative modules of equivalent value from across the University. Please note: Either UOSM2008 or UOSM2033 may be taken, NOT both.

EE XZ15 Part 3 Elective

HUMA2013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

UOSM A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM ("Broadening Horizons")

Semester Two

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

Compulsory
PORT3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

Language Modules Select 60 credits from the following - these modules are CORE once chosen. Please select one Spanish and one Portuguese module at the appropriate language stage:

PORT9005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
PORT9006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SPAN9012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
SPAN9013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Optional Modules Select 45 credits from the following groups. When selecting modules please make sure that you will be taking an even number of credits (compulsory and optional) in each semester and that you are taking a minimum of 45 credits in each Discipline this year. Please be aware that it may be possible to take modules from outside your department that are not listed here, however please note that all non-compulsory module choices are subject to module and timetable availability. For more information please contact your Personal Academic tutor. Dissertation If you wish to study the Dissertation module, please select the following module. If you select to study LANG 3003, your dissertation must be written on a Portuguese topic with a substantial Portuguese content.

LANG3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

Spanish Modules Select 15 to 45 credits from the following Spanish modules. If you did NOT select to study a Dissertation module (as above), please select a minimum of 15 credits up to a maximum of 45 credits from the modules listed below.

SPAN3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN3004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SPAN3012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Other ML Optional Modules If you selected to study the Dissertation module, please do NOT select any modules from within this group. If you did NOT select to study a Dissertation module, please select 15 credits up to a maximum of 30 credits from the modules listed below.

LANG3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG3008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Alternative Modules You may choose to substitute one 15 credit optional module for selected alternative modules of equivalent value from across the University. Please note: Either UOSM2008 or UOSM2033 may be taken, NOT both.

FREE XZ15 Part 3 Elective

UOSM A maximum of 15 credits in any level NQF5 module in subject UOSM ("Broadening Horizons")

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Spanish and PortugueseBA2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
Spanish and PortugueseBA2018Part-time£4,625£8,268
Spanish and PortugueseBA2019Full-time£9,250£17,065
Spanish and PortugueseBA2019Part-time£4,625£8,532
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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.

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

TypeDescription
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 https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page 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 https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/index.page? also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found at https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?.
PlacementsStudents 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. ML Residence Abroad – Cost Implications - As you know, the ML third year includes a period of study or work abroad as a compulsory element of a four year degree, and as a result, all students pay reduced home tuition fees to Southampton their third year (currently 15% for home and EU students, 40% for International Students) irrespective of what placement they take up. However, as happens whilst you are in Southampton, students are expected to pay their own travel expenses, accommodation and other living expenses. So that you can assess the viability of the different options available to you, the following outlines their general cost implications, but please do bear in mind that these may vary enormously from student to student depending on what placement is selected and where it is located. Should you need further information, please contact the relevant RA language coordinator. Students studying or working in Europe - Students are eligible for a small grant through the British Council, which is means tested against their salary (if relevant) and which varies every year (as a guide, students this year receive around 350-400 Euros per month). The only exceptions to this are students who currently live full-time with their parents and for whom household income is above the threshold. British Council students also receive a monthly salary (this varies country to country) and are expected to pay for their International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) checks, which are mandatory and currently cost £45. University students tend to receive a slightly higher grant than those who working for the British Council since they are not in receipt of a salary. They pay no tuition fees to their host university. Work placement students may or may not be paid, and their grant is calculated accordingly. Students studying or working outside Europe - These students are not eligible for the British Council grant but may be able to apply for funding to support their travel etc. through the International Office. All students are expected to pay for their own student visas; costs vary from country to country. Students studying in Latin America or China will generally have to pay host university fees, although typically these are no more than £100 for the academic year. Students working in Latin America are not generally paid a stipend. Some receive free accommodation, travel or meals as a work benefit, others (generally in voluntary work) often also have to pay to join the scheme and be eligible to work do not receive this. Students taking place in the Mexico link receive a bursary.

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.

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.

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 study22%22%0%19%
Independent study78%78%100%78%
Placement study0%0%0%3%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment33%33%0%20%
Practical exam assessment26%20%0%23%
Coursework assessment41%47%100%57%

Study Locations

Avenue campus

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