Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages
Location of Study
University of Warwick
By combining Hispanic Studies with Linguistics you’ll explore the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired.
By combining Hispanic Studies with Linguistics you’ll explore the social contexts of language, as well as how language is acquired. 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.
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
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.
General entry requirements
- AAB to include a modern or classical language
- 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside an A level in a modern or classical language
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, and our virtual language exchange with students in Colombia and Ecuador, 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.
What is language? What is it made of? What rules do we follow when we put sounds together to create words and when we combine words to create sentences? How many languages are spoken in the world today, and in which ways are they similar or different? These are some of the questions that you will explore on this module. Using examples from different languages, you will analyse real-life language data in order to develop the practical skills required for linguistic analysis.
In this module, you will learn to unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will analyse critically how language operates in different linguistic and cultural settings, using a range of theoretical concepts, empirical research and methodologies to understand, describe and interpret language use in society. This includes an investigative study of language use, during which you will also develop your communication and study skills.
Providing a foundation for modules ET214 and ET215, this module will help you develop the research, academic and professional skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. You will explore research, data-collection and analytical methodologies, using real-life examples of language, culture and communication. You will develop an analytical toolkit to serve you in multiple contexts, including your future career. You will also become familiar with research conventions, including ethical approval, literature review, communication and critical understanding of academic writing.
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)
This module provides you with intensive instruction in six core domains of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. You will expand substantially on concepts that were introduced to you during Linguistics: Understanding Language. You will work from a wide range of language data to develop your knowledge of findings, theories, and methodologies from these domains. You will build core disciplinary knowledge that is essential to any field of linguistics inquiry, and establish a necessary foundation for advanced linguistic research.
Why do we speak differently in different situations? Can you identify the features of a Geordie and a Scouse accent? Do men and women speak differently, and if so, why? These are questions you will explore as we examine the relationship between language use and social context. Building on module ET119 (Language in Society), you will develop a greater understanding of linguistic variation. With the opportunity to conduct your own research study, you can expect to complete your course armed with a set of theories, insights and skills to enable you to address such questions, and to explore your own questions about the role of language in society.
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.
In this module, you will learn how the sounds, gestures and facial expressions we make combine with linguistic choices to give meaning to our messages and influence our interpretation of the messages of others. You will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of different modes of communication and increase your understanding of the research and analysis that underpin our knowledge of human communication in all its complexity.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- Please see the optional modules for BA Hispanic Studies
- Please see the optional modules for BA English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated Year
^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.
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
"Very small classes"
"The best part of studying in the SMLC is the feeling of community. Unlike other courses, we often have very small classes, which makes you feel as though you can get to know your tutors and cohort better than if we always sat in large lectures."
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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