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Hispanic Studies and Linguistics BA



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

By combining Hispanic Studies with Linguistics you’ll explore the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired.

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You’ll learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts, as well as developing practical analytical skills. Your joint degree with Linguistics will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity. You’ll also study issues related to language and media, politics and education.

You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

You'll spend equal time on Hispanic Studies and Linguistics. In your first year, you will follow a core Spanish language programme at either beginner or advanced level, you'll also have two core linguistics modules. In your intermediate and final years, you will continue to have a core Spanish language module and core linguistics modules which will build on first year learning.

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.

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A level AAB to include a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 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

  • Linguistics: Understanding Language

  • Language in Society

  • Research, Academic and Professional Skills

Intermediate year
  • Modern Spanish Language 2 or Modern Spanish Language 2 (Post-beginners)
  • Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
  • Sociolinguistics
Final year
  • Modern Spanish Language 3
  • Communication Modes
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Hispanic Studies: Spain and the Philippines at Empire's End; Cultural Connections, Digital Histories: Britain and the 19th-Century Hispanic World; Latin American Counterpoints: Cultural Representations of Slavery in the 20th Century; Illusion and Reality, Doubt and Deceit: The Baroque Obsession with Uncertainty.

Postmodernism and Popular Culture in Latin America; Love, Death, and Desire in the Golden Age; Journeys and Cityscapes in Latin American Film; Screening Spain: Spanish Film in Context.

Linguistics: Quantitative Research Methods; Qualitative Research Methods; Intercultural Business Communication; English Across Cultures; Multilingualism and Culture; Professional Communication; Organisational Communication in International Business.

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 modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 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.