Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages
Location of Study
University of Warwick
Hispanic Studies and Italian (BA) is a joint degree that allows you to gain expertise in two languages and cultures by devoting equal weight to each.
Hispanic Studies and Italian is a joint degree that allows you to gain expertise in two languages and cultures by devoting equal weight to each. You will take core modules in Spanish and Italian language every year, combining these with a range of literary, cultural and political options. After your first year, you will choose from a large selection of specialist cultural modules, designed to extend your knowledge and understanding of the literature, culture, society and politics of the Spanish-speaking and the Italian-speaking worlds. You’ll normally spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.
Each year you take four modules: one in each of your chosen languages, and one module on a cultural or literary topic from each language department. Core modules that focus on aspects of Hispanic and Italian culture, society, literature, film and history in your first year feed into a range of themed options in the following years.
How will I learn?
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.
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week.
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.
How will I be assessed?
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%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually 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 year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
General entry requirements
- AAB to include Spanish or Italian
- 36 to include 5 in Higher Level Spanish or Italian
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside an A level in Italian or Spanish
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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.
Modern Spanish Language 1
Do you have A level or an equivalent in Spanish and want to consolidate, extend and refine your skills to advanced level? This module will equip you with sound grammatical and linguistic foundations, with the aim of increasing your confidence in reading, listening, speaking and writing in Spanish. You'll use authentic resources in a variety of media from around the Hispanic world, including books, articles, newspapers, television and radio, as well as taking part in our virtual language exchange with students in Colombia, and culminating in production of a language portfolio to demonstrate your competence in the spoken and written language.
Modern Spanish Language for Beginners
As a beginner in the acquisition of the Spanish language, you’ll gain a keen grammatical awareness, a sound understanding of cultures and societies across the Hispanic world, and most of all, confidence in reading, listening, speaking and writing in Spanish. Using authentic resources, including newspapers, television and radio, you are expected to end your course able to sustain everyday conversations in Spanish, read authentic texts, follow the gist of TV extracts and write at an intermediate level in Spanish. You'll also work on basic translations to and from Spanish as a means of consolidating your knowledge.
Modern Italian Language for Beginners
Would you like the challenge of learning a new language at university? This foundation module for absolute beginners combines the acquisition of core language skills with knowledge of broader aspects of Italian culture, equipping you with the tools to engage with a wide range of relevant, contemporary topics in Italian. Opportunities to practise your Italian vary from role play to quizzes, working both individually and in your group. Successful completion will mean you are able to hold a conversation in Italian, read newspapers and get the gist of TV and radio programmes in Italian.
Modern Italian Language 1 (Intermediate)
Do you need to consolidate and expand your competence in Italian while enjoying talking about culture and society? If so, this is the module for you. You’ll be given opportunities to revise fundamental grammar and vocabulary before acquiring more complex grammatical constructions, including through translation. We will integrate cultural topics with your linguistic studies, so you have the chance to explore areas such as tourism, the arts, the environment and Italian traditions. You will have opportunities for individual and group presentations and to engage in activities that integrate the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking. By the end of your course, you’ll be expected to be able to write competently in several registers, using appropriate styles and terminology, and to converse in Italian to a good standard.
Modern Italian Language 1 (Advanced)
Would you like to use your Italian A level (or equivalent) language skills creatively? This module will develop your linguistic and intercultural competence in Italian by means of advanced activities, including creative writing, translation, debates, presentations and drama. You will explore linguistic structures using resources in a variety of media and engage with authentic and sophisticated texts to compare cultural systems and express your opinion critically and creatively. In translation, you will experiment with different genres, registers and styles to enhance your cultural appreciation of Italian. Finally, you will have opportunities to explore cultural subjects and lead group discussions.
An Italian Cultural Module
The History of Modern Italy
You will chart the course of cultural, political and social change in Italy over the 20th century, studying key moments in its history, including the rise of fascism, the economic boom of the mid-20th century, and political extremism of the 1970s, through to contemporary issues such as immigration and recent economic and political crises. You will study these events through the lens of literary and cinematic works and gain an understanding of how they have contributed to the nature and identity of contemporary Italy, in order to prepare you for your year abroad. You will also build your competence in textual analysis, independent research and essay-writing.
Introduction to Italian Culture
How should we ‘read’ a literary or visual text? What are the considerations of form, audience and context that enable us to make sense of a cultural product? In what ways should a performance be understood differently from something fixed on the page? You will address these questions by considering four representative avenues of expression in Italian culture, namely cinema, short stories, lyric poetry and theatre-writing. You will refine your skills of analysis and have the opportunity to sample different periods of Italian culture, from the Renaissance through to intellectuals such as Italo Calvino, Primo Levi, and the poet Giacomo Leopardi, representative of the Romantic tradition. You will end your course equipped with the appropriate technical vocabulary to discuss different art forms fluently and in an informed manner.
Modern Spanish Language 2
On this module, you'll extend your competence in Spanish. You'll 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'll 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.
Modern Spanish Language 2 (Post-beginners)
Modern Italian Language 2
This module will extend and refine your competence in Italian. With an emphasis on the key skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, you will consolidate your proficiency in both new and familiar grammatical and linguistic structures, and expand the range and sophistication of your vocabulary and use of register in spoken and written discourse. In addition to classroom exercises, advanced discursive written work and oral projects, you will also be directed to appropriate activities for self-study.
Modern Italian Language 3
On this module, you will develop your translation, writing and oral communication skills to advanced level. You will engage in translation as a practical skill, working to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts with a focus on conveying nuances of meaning and culturally specific terms. You will develop greater fluency in different writing styles and genres. Oral sessions will increase your familiarity with more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian and raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society so that you can discuss aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experiences.
Modern Spanish Language 3
On this module, you'll consolidate your fluency in spoken and written Spanish, and refine your translation skills to advanced level. You'll practise oral and discursive expression using a range of advanced linguistic structures, vocabulary and registers. You'll 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.
Modern Italian Language 4
Building on Intermediate year language, you will deepen your writing, speaking and translation skills, paying particular attention to register and style and learning some of the underpinning translation theory. We approach translation not just as a linguistic exercise but as a practical skill, so you will work to produce translations of literary, journalistic and academic texts, and explore techniques for conveying semantic nuances, culturally specific terms and more sophisticated registers of spoken Italian. Both the writing and oral components of the course will raise your awareness of recent developments in Italian society and enable you to discuss relevant aspects of contemporary Italy in relation to your personal experience.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- Please see the optional modules for BA Hispanic Studies
- Please see the optional modules for BA Italian Studies
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
We believe there should be no barrier to talent. That's why we are committed to offering a scholarship that makes it easier for gifted, ambitious international learners to pursue their academic interests at one of the UK's most prestigious universities. This new scheme will offer international fee-paying students 250 tuition fee discounts ranging from full fees to awards of £13,000 to £2,000 for the full duration of your Undergraduate degree course.
This degree course was only recently introduced, so our first cohort of students have not yet graduated.
However, graduates from other Modern Language courses like this one have gone on to work for employers including:
- British Airways
- Civil Service
- Grayce Consulting
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ipsos Mori
- NBC Universal
- Save the Children International
- 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 to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events 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
"Friendly and easy to talk to"
"The department is incredible, they’re always on hand to help me whether it was with my year abroad queries or just general language-related issues. The best thing about them is that they’re really friendly and easy to talk to."
BA Modern Languages
"We look at the Hispanic world as a whole, we don't just focus on Spain, and that really is reflected in the way that we're taught. So in our speaking classes, we don't have to just speak the variety of Spanish from Spain - we can also speak Columbian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Chilean Spanish, and equally in our cultural modules, we're taught history or literature from Spain and Latin America and the Phillipines ... so it's a lot broader in that sense."
Hispanic Studies and French BA
Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?
"The vibe here on campus doesn’t compare to anywhere else, it's so unique and for me, I have such a buzz and excitement when I'm speaking my foreign language with a native speaker, with my friends or with my lecturers and with my teachers at A-levels, so I thought, I really want to carry on with that and improve that so I can feel that buzz even more."
How did you decide on which languages to study?
"I decided to study Hispanic Studies and French because it's Hispanic studies here at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, not just Spanish, so we look at the Hispanic world as a whole, We don't just focus on Spain and that really is reflected in the way we're taught, so in our speaking classes, we are not just, we don't just have to speak the varieties of Spanish from Spain, We can also speak Colombian Spanish, Mexican Spanish, Chilean Spanish and equally in our cultural modules we're taught history or literature from Spain and equally Latin America and even the Philippines as well, there's an option to study the Hispanic culture there, so it's really, it's a lot broader in that sense."
What has been your favourite module so far?
"My favourite module so far at Warwick has been HP305, Galician Connections: Culture and Identity on the Atlantic Rim. So in first year we look to the different regions in Spain, the socio-linguistic patterns there in the different regions, as I say, and then one of the reasons that really interested me was Galicia. So when I saw this module was offered in second year, I thought I actually do want to specialize in that and I want to look at that in more detail."
Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?
"The cultural modules at Warwick really are fantastic in reinforcing your language skills that you're learning at the moment and vice versa. In my Spanish cultural modules in first year, obviously I was still learning the language, so reading different texts and literature, although it was a challenge at first, actually it was just reinforcing everything that I was doing in my grammar classes."
Where did you go for your year abroad?
"For my year abroad I went in the second year and I decided to split the year on two study placements. So the first term I was studying at the likely to refer to Sorbonne in Paris for five months. I stayed in Paris for six months, so I decided to stay for a bit longer, and then the second term I was studying in Seville, at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide and both placements were just fantastic."
What are your plans after University?
"At the moment, I'm actively thinking about going into translation or interpreting. So after studying in Spain, looking at the translation theories and interpreting there, the specific institution, then coming back to Warwick and carrying on that, that interest and pursuing that interest with the translation theories module that the school offers, that's really made me want to pursue that as a career perhaps. To just help someone access another culture is so rewarding and that's what translation and interpreting means to me. So that's why that's what I'm thinking of, I think."
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