BA (Hons) Spanish Studies

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2019

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Overview

Proficiency in modern languages will help you to gain a competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. We have created our own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed into the everyday use of foreign languages.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years and our staff are nationally, and in many cases internationally, recognised experts in their field. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities. If you study Spanish you will be required to spend a year abroad in Spain. The experience of being immersed in another culture for several months is one our students find both beneficial and rewarding. They return having made new friends, experienced new places and having grown in confidence.

This course places language learning within the wider context of Spanish Studies including culture, society, literature, film and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing.

On this course you will have the option to take up our Interpreting and Translation route from your second year. Alternatively, you will also have the option to apply within the first year of your studies, to follow the route to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) as part of your degree. Students who follow this route may be entitled to a bursary. More information on bursaries and scholarships available can be found on the Department for Education website.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs. Teaching, translation and interpreting are popular pathways, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

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Entry requirements

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).

Grade B or above in A Level Spanish

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 112 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

IELTS 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

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.

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.

In Year One, all students will study the same four units designed to develop a strong basis from which to develop an advanced understanding of Spanish Language and Culture.

Before the end of Year One you will have the opportunity to apply to study Spanish on the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) route. Your suitability will be assessed through an interview, on the consideration of your academic attainment in the year and of your potential for classroom success. 

If you take the pathway leading to Qualified Teacher Status, you will be able to get some experience of what it is like to teach in a primary or secondary school context already in Year One, through some taster sessions. If you decide that you want to pursue the route to Qualified Teacher Status, from Year Two you will enter a programme that includes school placements, mentor training, and the study of specific Education units. 

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Core Units

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. The unit will evaluate and analyse how twentieth-century Spanish and Latin Americans responded to events and conditions in Spain and Latin America from the ‘Discovery’ to the end of the twentieth century.
Contextualising Modern Language Learning

This unit is designed to complement your core language unit in French or Spanish and to help you understand the usage of the language you study in context. It has oral and written components and will help you develop your reading skills, written expression, listening skills, and understanding of spoken language. It will equip you with the relevant linguistic tools to analyse and discuss the way language is used (both English and the language you study). It will also approach language learning from comparative and pragmatic perspectives.

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. A range of topics will be covered embracing issues of contemporary relevance in Spain and Latin America.

Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age (with or without Uniwide)

The unit develops skills of critical enquiry and analysis, and communication for language learners. It will enhance your digital and intercultural literacy, preparing you for employment and citizenship in the contemporary world.

In Year Two, all students will take further language units and will be given a number of options from which to choose a final unit.

If you are on the route with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), one of your Year Two units will be EdLab. Through this unit, offered by the Faculty of Education, you will learn aspects of educational theory and classroom practice, including the processes through which children learn, the psychology of adolescence, the fundamental features of the national curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to spend time shadowing language teachers in schools, in order to get the prerequisite amount of classroom experience that is required for QTS status. 

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Core Units

Spanish Language 2

This unit aims to develop your competence in Spanish language at a level equivalent to C1 level of the CEF. It continues and builds on the work done in Spanish Advanced and Spanish Fast Track 1 and 2, providing a solid grounding in the essentials of Spanish lexis, grammar and syntax.

Unit Choice 1

BALLT Work Placement

This unit aims for the students to develop as a Learning and Teaching Assistant in local schools, supporting remedial students. You will gain valuable work experience and strengthen your CV at the same time.

Or

Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within Humanities, Languages & Social Science.

Power and Culture in Spain

The unit will explore how cultural realities are forged amidst contradictory power relations in Spain and how these emerge and are negotiated at the intersections of class, gender and sexuality.

Power and Culture in Latin America

The unit will explore how cultural realities are forged amidst contradictory power relations in Latin America, and how these emerge and are negotiated at the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

This unit will introduce you to the different forms of interpreting and help you begin to develop the practical skills and techniques to act as an effective oral mediator between English and Spanish.

Spanish for the Business World

This unit complements the core language unit by developing oral and written skills in international business communication, addressing a range of professional contexts.

Option Units

Unit Choice 2

Understanding Style in Texts and Media

The unit introduces you to principles of critical analysis of narrative fiction, television and film, focusing on the relationship between texts, authors and readers, developing your critical sense in the reading and interpretation of texts.

Or

Understanding the Style of Literary Texts / Understanding the Style of Film, TV and Drama

Understanding the Style of Literary Texts

The unit introduces you to principles of critical analysis of narrative fiction, focusing on the relationship between texts, authors and readers, developing your critical sense in the reading and interpretation of texts.

Understanding the Style of Film, TV and Drama

The unit introduces you to principles of critical analysis of television and film, focusing on the relationship between texts, authors and readers, developing your critical sense in the reading and interpretation of visual texts.

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

Issues in Translation

This unit aims to provide you with a grounding in the key theoretical and practical issues involved in translating and an understanding of your own and others' translation practices, in preparation for more advanced translation studies.

You will spend your third year in Spain and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. You can always get in touch with the department by phone or email.

In year four, you will study a mix of units that cover language, culture and society, as well as translation and interpreting. You will also complete an independent project.

If you are on the route with QTS, you will take a specialist Education unit focussing on the pedagogy of languages, for example strategies for teaching grammar and vocabulary, or the importance of intercultural awareness for the language learner. You will also do a placement period, and complete a project focusing on teaching languages. The combination of on-campus study and school placement will provide you with a rich and rewarding experience that will stand you in very good stead in the teaching profession. 

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Core Units

Transnational and Transmedia Practices in Latin America and Spain

This unit focuses on Hispanic transmedia and transnational productions, as well as on the social, cultural, political and economic of mediated communication of contemporary culture.

Shifting Borders in Latin America and Spain
This course focuses on borders as critical thresholds that negotiate relationships between the global north and south (between the US and Latin America, and between Latin America / North Africa and Spain/Europe).
Spanish Language 3

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to level C2 of the Common European Framework

Independent Research Project

A self-study unit at the end of which students submit a Dissertation on a negotiated topic.  Appropriate topics for the Dissertation will be drawn from the pool of areas supported by the teaching and research interests of staff in the Department of Languages.

Option Units

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.

Spanish Interpreting 1

The unit is designed to enhance your linguistic and communicative competences by providing practical training in interpreting to enable you to act as effective mediators between Spanish and English.

Spanish Interpreting 2

Following on from Spanish Interpreting I, this unit will offer more advanced training in interpreting skills, with a stronger emphasis on consecutive and/or simultaneous interpreting into English.

Advanced Spanish Translation

Employing a wide variety of real-world texts, this unit will further consolidate your translation experience and skills by fostering a more detailed understanding of the processes involved in translating from Spanish into English.

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.

Placement options

You will spend your third year in a Spanish speaking country 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.

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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.

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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: £14,500 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.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 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).

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 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 = £2000.

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

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