Why study English and Hispanic Studies at Warwick?
- You will be based in the Department of Hispanic Studies, (part of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), but will study half of your modules with the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.
- Our School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
- The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction. Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
- You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
- the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply)
- the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
- At the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies you will be learning from experts at the cutting edge of their fields. A unique focus on Shakespeare draws on our proximity to the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon. Other research strengths include world and comparative literature, creative writing, poetry and poetics, drama and performance, literary and cultural theory, religion and literature.
Dr Paul Prescott
English and Comparative Literary Studies
Dr Kirsty Hooper
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
What will I learn?
English and Hispanic Studies (50% English, 50% Hispanic Studies) has a strong and distinctive comparative approach and has been specially designed for those who wish to begin or pursue a study of Spanish language and literature whilst continuing to study the English tradition, as well as exploring interactions between the two. Throughout your degree you will study Spanish language at an appropriate level. Optional modules range from studying contemporary Hispanic culture to comparative literature modules.
This degree has been designed both to offer you a firm grounding in English Literature from the Middle Ages to the present, and to provide you with a unique opportunity to broaden your knowledge and to make full use of a huge range of available options. This flexibility means that, through guided choice, you will be able to tailor your degree to your own developing interests and fascinations.
Spanish is one of the most widely spoken and growing world languages, and this degree offers a programme of study leading to advanced skills in the language as well as literary and intercultural competence.
We accept both beginners and students with some knowledge of Spanish, and in your first year we teach you in classes appropriate to your linguistic level. In addition to a language module each year, you complete a portfolio of modules exploring the literatures and cultures of the Hispanic world, often presented in comparative perspective.
Find out more about the degree structure and modules available via the department website.
How will I learn?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.
How will I be assessed?
We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and
examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will normally spend the third year of your course abroad, although it is possible to go abroad in second year. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A level AAB, including any modern language and English Literature
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature and 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Advanced or Higher level qualifications in English Literature. A level English Language is acceptable in addition to English Literature, but is not normally acceptable as a substitute. Combined A level English Language/Literature is acceptable, providing evidence of wider reading in literature is shown in your Personal Statement.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed, but competition is likely to be intense.
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the admissions tutor (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).
UCAS: QR34 BA
What modules will I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Hispanic language, culture, society and history, as well as English modules.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where can a Warwick degree adn English and Hispanic Studies take me?
Our Modern Languages graduates have advanced linguistic skills, excellent intercultural awareness and highly
developed transferable skills, which are extremely sought after by employers.
Our graduates have entered fields as diverse as the media, the United Nations, company management, accountancy and finance, media and publishing, teaching, translating/interpreting, the civil service, law, travel and tourism, and arts and events management. Others choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.
Examples of some of our recent Modern Languages graduates' careers include Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; Customer Care Professional – German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.
Recent English graduate destinations include Learning and Development Co-ordinator, CBRE; Students and Community Engagement Campaigner, Oxfam; Commission Assistant, Oxford University Press; Communications Internship, Institute of Economic Affairs; Equality and Diversity Policy Manager, Department for Work and Pensions.