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Hispanic Studies and History BA



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This degree will give you an in-depth knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and an understanding of historical processes.

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Spanish is a world language with around 400 million speakers and is today one of the most important languages for commerce and cultural exchange. We offer an innovative approach to Hispanic Studies, combining the study of the Spanish language with the study of Hispanic cultures across Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas, and even aspects of Hispanic history in Africa and the Pacific. Your studies in History will also enable you to explore the history of the European and non-European worlds.

There will be the opportunity to study abroad in your second or third year of study, immersing yourself in Hispanic culture, in Spain, the Caribbean, or South America.

Spanish language will be a core module in every year of study and this is complemented by a year spent in a Spanish-speaking country. In History, first-year modules provide a framework of historical approaches to prepare you for your second and final years where you can choose from a variety of study options, spanning geography and time, so your course can change as your interests evolve.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic cultures and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken 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.

Contact hours

You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week.

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

We will track your progress through a variety of methods, including 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.

You will normally spend the third year of your course abroad, depending on your particular programme, 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.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

- On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

 Student blogs

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Phoebe2"You’re pushed to think about history in ways you never have before, exploring new concepts and interpretations as well as familiar periods in history."

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A level AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 6 at Higher Level in History and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access/BTEC Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. You must meet essential subject requirements.
  • We welcome applications from students with other equivalent internationally-recognised qualifications.

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern Spanish Language 1 or Modern Spanish Language for Beginners

  • The Making of the Modern World

Intermediate year
  • Modern Spanish Language 2 or Modern Spanish Language 2 (Post-beginners)
Final year
  • Modern Spanish Language 3
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Language Teaching; One approved outside option in another academic department or the Language Centre.

Theatre Studies: Theatre in the Community; Writing for Performance; American Theatre; African Theatre; Pantomime; Performing Ethnicity; Mad, Bad and Sad: Madness and Cultural Representation.

For further details about our Hispanic Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 6 at Higher Level in History and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time, including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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