BA (Hons) Linguistics/Spanish

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Overview

Proficiency in linguistics can give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market.

Linguistics is a popular course taken on its own or in combination with English, TESOL or a modern language. It is devoted to the scientific study of natural language and concerned with how languages are acquired, structured and applied. Our programme offers a sound knowledge of both theoretical and applied perspectives. The core topics include Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Forensic Linguistics, Sociolinguistics and Phonetics and Phonology as well as Media and Intercultural Communication.

Critical thinking and argumentation are transferable skills that are valuable in the job market and sought after by all employers.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad in Spain or Latin America. If Spanish is your minor subject, the course will be three years with no period of residence abroad. You will also have the option to study Spanish from beginners level. 

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Careers may include working as a market research professional, customer support advisor, events organiser, teacher, translator or cultural briefing consultant. Expanding areas for linguists include digital subtitling, dubbing and website localising. Graduates of this degree may also opt to proceed to postgraduate study in one of the sub-branches of linguistics. Recent graduates have gained employment in banking, local government, cultural relations, education, manufacturing and importing.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without A Level Spanish should contact the University to discuss options

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

The course is concerned with the many different facets of language, from the physical properties of the sound waves in utterances to the intentions of speakers towards others, through the application of linguistic theories and aspects of human psychology.

We offer a wide choice of units related to Spain which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject, you will study a four year course and be required to spend your third year abroad. After this, you will return to the University for your final year.

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for Linguistics, two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below.

Please note that your choice of Spanish units is informed by your language entry level - if you are a beginner you can take the fast-track route (called AB INITIO) to bring you up to speed.

Linguistic units:

  • Fundamentals in Linguistics
  • Introduction to Linguistics

Spanish units:

  • Spanish Advanced
  • Hispanic Culture and Society

Spanish AB INITIO units:

  • Spanish Fast Track 1
  • Spanish Fast Track 2

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Core Units

Introduction to Linguistics
This unit seeks to introduce you to current trends in Linguistics where English language and, where appropriate, other languages are examined. The unit aims at enhancing your ability in analysing language and communication.
Fundamentals in Linguistics

The unit will form a solid grounding for an understanding of the role of linguistics as an academic subject and the importance of its different ramifications within society.  It will comprise of the following topics:

  • Theoretical Syntax
  • Phonetics-Phonology
  • Semantics and the role of meaning in communication
  • Morphology and word-formation
Unit Choice - Spanish

Spanish Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Hispanic Culture and Society 

This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts.

Or

Spanish Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of Spanish grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Spanish Fast Track 2 

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in Spanish grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Linguistic options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Syntax and Semantics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition

Indicative Spanish options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Spanish Language 2
  • Power and Culture in Spain
  • Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Linguistics

Spanish

If you have chosen to study Spanish as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 4 year course, spending your third year in Spain at one of our partner institutions or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement.

If you have chosen to study Linguistics as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 3 year course, progressing directly to your final year of study.

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative Linguistic options available in Final Year may be:

  • Syntax: Structuralism and Minimalism

Indicative Spanish options available in Final Year may be:

  • Spanish Language 3

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

Linguistics

Spanish

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Additional information about this course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for four years instead of three years (or part-time equivalent).

Placement options

If Spanish is your major or equal subject, Year 3 is spent studying in Spain or Latin America and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study.

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

More about the department

Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Period Of Residence Abroad (Year 3). Expenses in excess of the ERASMUS grant: £200 (cost of living) per month for mainland Europe, Period of Residence Abroad is expected to last 10 months = £2,000.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

RQ14

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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