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English and Hispanic Studies (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

English and Hispanic Studies (BA)

English and Hispanic Studies (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • QR34
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


A modern languages degree equips you with excellent communication, research, critical and evaluative skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers. Our English and Hispanic Studies (BA) degree is designed for those who wish to begin or pursue a study of Spanish language and literature while continuing to study the English tradition.


Explore two rich and diverse literary and cultural traditions while developing your Spanish language skills. There is a core Spanish language module in every year of study. First year core modules will introduce you to Hispanic literature and culture, English literature, and comparative literature. In your intermediate and final years all English and Hispanic optional modules are open to you. Modules in Hispanic Studies cover history, politics, and film as well as literary topics. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation on comparative Hispanic and English literature. You’ll also spend your second or third year of study abroad.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken Spanish (either Modern Spanish Language 1 or Modern Spanish Language 1 Beginners). You will also take a core module (Modes of Reading) which focuses on questions of approach, critical practice, and reading strategies.

You will choose one additional module in Hispanic Studies which will provide you with the foundation to study further aspects of Hispanic culture in the later stages of your degree (either Language, Text and Identity in the Hispanic World or Images and Representations of the Hispanic World).

You will additionally choose one English module in your first year, from a list of three:

Epic into Novel; Medieval to Renaissance Literature;and Modern World Literatures.

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 and analysing materials set for study, 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.

The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.

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.

A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language and either English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined)

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside an A level in a modern or classical language and A level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in A level English Literature and an A level in a modern or classical language or D* in the BTEC and grades A,B in A level English Literature and an A level in a modern or classical language

Additional requirements: 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).

  • 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 One
Modern Spanish Language 1 or Modern Spanish Language for Beginners
Modes of Reading

What is a reader? How is our understanding and perception of a text formed? Why are these questions some of the most controversial and impassioned in the field of literary studies? This module allows you to explore these questions by putting a spotlight on the question of critical thinking in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. By reading a series of literary texts in relation to some of the most influential literary and cultural theorists of the last hundred years, you will take your own position on everything from Marxism and feminist theory to ecocriticism and postcolonial critique.


Epic into Novel

Tracking the transition from the epics of the ancient world to the novels of modernity, this module introduces you to some of the most influential and formative works of world literature. You will study central texts of the classical world, such as Homer’s Iliad and Virgil’s Aeneid, the ancient Indian epic The Mahābhārata, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, as well as novels like Henry Fielding’s bawdy comedy Tom Jones and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s novel of decolonising Kenya, A Grain of Wheat. Reading across history and cultures, between languages and genres, you will develop the skills to analyse narrative, character, and style.

OR

Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

Taking you from the mythical court of King Arthur to the real world of ambition, intrigue, and danger in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, this module introduces you to early literature written in a range of genres (romance, epic, fabliau) and poetic forms. You will study texts like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Thomas More’s Utopia, Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets to explore some of the period’s highest ideals—‘trawthe’ or integrity—as well as some of humanity’s darkest impulses: greed, deception, revenge, and desire.

OR

Modern World Literatures

This module introduces you to the defining concerns, styles, and contexts of modern world literature from 1789 to the present. You will encounter concepts like Romanticism, modernity, gothic, and postcolonialism through novels, short stories, poetry, and drama from revolutionary France to Meiji era Japan, industrial Britain to the decolonizing Caribbean. Your reading might include Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein, Lu Xun’s story of China in transition 'Diary of a Madman', or Clarice Lispector’s haunting meditation on life in Rio de Janeiro The Hour of the Star. You may also replace this module with a language.



Language, Text and Identity in the Hispanic World

How has the Spanish language travelled around the world and what happens when it co-exists with other languages? How do writers exploit language to explore identity, and what happens when they work between two (or more) languages? This module will equip you with the skills to understand and appreciate the cultural and sociolinguistic diversity of the Hispanic world, and give you a strong grounding in the literary and cultural analysis of texts that address this diversity. Through the work of the Dominican–American writer Junot Díaz and the plays of Lope de Vega and Tirso de Molina, you’ll explore the use of language-switching and manipulation and disguise to explore and express identity.

OR

Images and Representations of the Hispanic World

Where did the familiar stereotypes of Spain and Latin America come from? How have they circulated and been received at different times and in different places? And how have Spaniards and Latin Americans represented themselves to travellers, tourists, artists, and even invaders? Through the study of representations of the Hispanic world, you will investigate significant topics including (de)colonisation of the Americas, stereotypical views of the Hispanic world and the imagining of Spanish identify through art and film in the 20th century. You will be expected to read widely and independently, and to gain the analytical skills needed to conduct close textual and film analysis.


Intermediate Year
Modern Spanish Language 2

On this module, you will extend your competence in Spanish. You will deepen your understanding of advanced grammatical and linguistic structures, increase the range and sophistication of your vocabulary, and refine your use of register in authentic spoken and written discourse. You will use resources from a variety of media from around the Hispanic world, and take part in our virtual language exchange with students in Latin America and Spain. At the end of the course, you should have sufficient mastery to discuss different topics, report on your independent reading and support your opinions with solid arguments.

Optional Modules

Intermediate year Hispanic Studies modules

Intermediate year English modules


Final Year
Modern Spanish Language 3

On this module, you will consolidate your fluency in spoken and written Spanish, and refine your translation skills to advanced level. You will practise oral and discursive expression using a range of advanced linguistic structures, vocabulary and registers. You will be engaged in independent study, for example in researching and preparing work for presentation in class in order to develop your communicative and intercultural competence and the capacity to structure your own learning.

Optional Modules

Final year Hispanic Studies modules

Final year English modules

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.

They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: AAB to include a modern or classical language and either English Literature or English Language and Literature (combined)

IB: 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in English Literature and 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside an A level in a modern or classical language and A level English Literature (or English Language and Literature combined) will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain either D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and grades A,A in A level English Literature and an A level in a modern or classical language or D* in the BTEC and grades A,B in A level English Literature and an A level in a modern or classical language

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Arts Excellence Scholarship 2020
£1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent for this course.

UCAS code
QR34

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
English and Comparative Literary Studies

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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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