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RV41 BA Spanish and History (4 years)

History explores a rich array of past cultures – ancient, medieval and modern.

It sharpens your insight into how societies functioned in the past, encouraging a more critical awareness of the problems of the present.

Introducing your degree

A degree course in History and Spanish, allows you to not only develop fluency in one of the most widely used languages on the planet, but to also gain an understanding of the past. The perfect course for those who want to broaden their interests and employment options overseas. Modules on this degree can be chosen to suit your personal interests and ambitions and include stimulating topics such as; The First World War, The French Revolution and Histories of the Empire.


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Programme Structure

The modern languages department provides a lively and well-equipped academic environment, emphasising effective linguistic training and the study of contemporary European and Latin American culture.

  • There are two compulsory and two optional modules from each subject in year one and two, with the option of 25 per cent in a third subject of your choice.
  • The third year is spent in a Spanish 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 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

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Key Facts

We possess many collections of original historical documents, including the
Wellington, Palmerston and Mountbatten papers and the Parkes Archives

The chance to spend a year studying at universities abroad, including France,
Holland, Poland and Canada

Courses in many fields rarely taught in most other UK universities, such as East and Central European history, South East Asian history and Jewish history

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including Grades AB in Spanish and History (or a related subject*).

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) 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, 17 at higher level, including 6 in higher level Spanish and 6 in higher level history (or a related subject*)


*Related subject includes subjects such as English, Philosophy, Religious Studies or Classical Civilisation or other humanities based essay writing subjects. Students applying without History will need to make a case in their personal statement.



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 Grades AB in Spanish and History (or a related subject*) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.


Selection process:
Average applications per place:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

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).

Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve 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.

In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year).  Two modules in each semester (or one double) will be taken in History, the other two in each semester will be taken in Modern Languages.  One module in each semester will be your your Spanish language course.

One compulsory double module in semester one. Choose two optional History (HIST) modules in semester two.

Also compulsory SPAN9010 for semesters one and two.
You must do one Spanish module in semester one and one Modern Language module in semester two.

Choose one optional Modern Languages module (SPAN/ LING / LANG) in each semester.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language

A Tudor Revolution in Government?
The First World War
Who is Anne Frank?
Masada: History and Myth
The First Crusade: Sources and Distortions
Childhood and Youth in Early Modern Society
The Battle of Agincourt
God’s Own Land: Exploring Pakistan’s Origins and History
Cities of the Dead: Death, Mourning and Remembrance in Victorian Britain
German Jews in Great Britain
Papal power in medieval Europe: crusades, heresy and clashes with kings
Histories of Empire
The End of the World: Apocalyptic Visions of History
The Collapse of Austria-Hungary
The Crimean War
The Long Summer? Edwardian Britain 1901-1914
When an empire falls: Culture and the British Empire, 1914-1960
Siena to Southampton: Medieval Towns and Cities
From Shah to Ayatollah: The Establishment of the Clerical Power in Iran (1979 to Today)
Joan of Arc: History behind the Myth
Castles: Military technology and social change from the middle ages to the modern
Alexander the Great and his legacy
Reagan’s America: Capitalism and Cold War
Eisenhower and the World: U.S. Foreign Policy in the 1950s
Twentieth-Century China
Wonderful things: World history in 40 objects
Reading Culture
Reading the City
Elements of Linguistics – Sound, Structure and Meaning
Applications of Linguistics

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.

Choose one Modern Languages module (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG) in each semester. At least one optional module in the year must be a SPAN module.

LANG2010 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

Managing Research and Learning
Gender, Race and Nation in Modern Latin America
High, Popular and Mass Culture in Modern Spain
Power and Discourse in Spanish-speaking societies
Power, Patronage and Politics in Early Modern England 1509-1660
The Struggle of the Czechs: From Serfdom to Stalinism
Imperialism and Nationalism in British India
Sin and Society, 1100-1500
The British Atlantic World
Ancient Rome: the First Metropolis
The Space Age
Knights and Chivalry
Celebrity, Media and Mass Culture, Britain 1888-1952
Jews in Germany before the Holocaust
Nelson Mandela: A South African life
Rebels with a Cause: The Historical Origins of Christianity
Wellington and the war against Napoleon
Napoleon and his legend
Retail Therapy: A journey through the cultural history of shopping
Discipline and Punish: Prisons and Prisoners in England 1775 - 1898
Self-inflicted - Extreme Violence, Politics and Power
In Hitler's Shadow: Eastern Europe 1918-1939
The Fall of imperial Russia
The Global Cold War
The Age of Discovery? c.1350-c.1650
Oil Burns The Hands: Power, Politics and Petroleum in Iraq, 1900-1958
From the mafia to the ultras: Conflict, violence and the Italian Republic from 1945 to the 1990s
Sex, Death and Money: the United Kingdom in the 1960s
Ritual Murder: The Antisemitic Blood Libel from Twelfth-Century England to twentieth-century Russia
Modern Germany, 1870-1945
The Life and Afterlife of the Vikings
Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State
Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography
Syntax : Studying Language Structure
Discourse Analysis
Sound and Voice (see also ISVR2016: Speech Sciences and Lip-Reading)

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

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.

Choose one Modern Languages module (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG) in each semester. At least one optional module in the year must be a SPAN module.

Semester One

History dissertation (HIST3021) students Semester 1.
HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) OR HIST Alternative History (double module) plus SPAN9012(Spanish language module) (compulsory), one Modern Languages modules (SPAN/PORT/LING), at least one optional module in the year must be a Spanish module.
Other students Semester 1
HIST Special Subject part 1 (double module) plus SPAN9012(Spanish language module) (compulsory), one Modern Languages module (SPAN/PORT/LING) or LANG3003 (Spanish Dissertation) and at least one optional module in the year must be a Spanish module

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language

From Tyranny to Revolution: England 1625-49: Part 1
The Third Reich 1
The Holocaust 1
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture l
Between Private Memory and public history
Music and History
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- part 1
Fashioning the Tudor Court 1
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 1
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 2
Conflict, Transformation and Resurgence in Asia: 1800 to the Present
Heresy and Inquisition in the Early Modern Iberian World (Part 1)
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 1: Texts)
Travellers’ Tales
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 1 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 1
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 1: 1970-1974
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 1
Alternative Conquests: Comparisons and Contrasts
The Bible and History
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 1

HIST3197 America from Revolution to Republic 1

The American Empire Part 1
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 1
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 Part 1
Nuclear War and Peace, Part I
Alternative histories: Fascism and the far right
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part one: Art, Industry and the making of a Nation
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 1, Julian: hero and apostate
Sweet Charity?
The Ethics of War
Translation: Theory and Practice
Second Language Acquisition Theory
Advanced Syntax
Language Teaching Theory and Practice
Barrios and Borders: Language and Identity amongst US Latinos
Exiles, Migrants and Citizens: Narrating and documenting displacement in contemporary Spain
Sex, Soap Operas and Female Dissidents: Representations of Women in the Hispanic World
Semester Two

History Dissertation students Semester 2.
HIST3021 History Dissertation (normally written under the supervision of the Special Subject tutor or Alternative History tutor) (double module) plus SPAN9013 (Spanish language module) (compulsory) and one Modern Languages module (SPAN/PORT/LING).
Other students. Semester 2.
HIST Special Subject part 2 (double module) (Corequisite part 1 of the same Special Subject) plus SPAN9013(Spanish language module) (compulsory), one Modern Languages module (SPAN/PORT/LING) or LANG3003 (Spanish Dissertation)

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9__ Spanish Language

History Dissertation
From Tyranny to Revolution: England, 1625-49 Part 2
The Third Reich 2
The Holocaust 2
The Late Russian Empire, Society, Ethnicity and Culture II
Slavery and Freedom in the British Caribbean- Part 2
Fashioning the Tudor Court 2
Medieval Love, Sex and Marriage: Part 2
Heresy and Inquisition in the Iberian World Part 2
Passions and Profits: Wealth, Freedom and Virtue in the Age of Adam Smith (Pt. 2: Contexts)
The Crisis of Austria-Hungary Part 2
The Long life of the Indian Mutiny 2 (1857-58): Event, Metaphor, Memory.
When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the 1970s, Part 2: 1974-1979
The rise and fall of the British Empire in Africa: Conquest, colony, and rebellion, 1900-60, part 2
Islam, Conquests and Caliphates, Part 2

HIST3198 America from Revolution to Republic 2

The American Empire Part 2
The Long Sexual Revolution Family Life in Twentieth Century Europe, Part 2
Racism in the United States 1785-1915 part 2
Nuclear War and Peace, Part II
The Great Exhibition of 1851 Part 2: Legacy
Emperor Julian and the Last Pagans of Rome Part 2, The final pagan generation
Public Service Interpreting
Audiovisual Translation
Writing in a Second Language
Historical Memory in Modern Latin America
Transatlantic Crossings: Linguistic Variation in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America
Encounters with Bodies in Lusophone Cultural Narrative

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/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BA Spanish and History2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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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.).
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
EquipmentLaboratory Equipment and Materials: All laboratory equipment and materials are provided. IT Computer 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 The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
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 programme 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

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

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. Additional opportunities include summer internships with major local employers, including placements funded by the University. 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 opportunity 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 study17%16%0%14%
Independent study83%84%100%86%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment28%38%0%10%
Practical exam assessment13%11%0%6%
Coursework assessment59%51%100%84%

Study Locations

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