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Hispanic Studies and Linguistics (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Hispanic Studies and Linguistics at Warwick?

  • Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises excellent academic specialisms (French, German, Hispanic and Italian Studies) and the Language Centre (whose offerings also include Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Portuguese), leading to a powerful combination of languages, research interests and degree courses.
  • The constituent academic subjects have consistently ranked among the very best in the UK in national and international league tables and are well known for their excellent scores in terms of student satisfaction.
  • Modules and degree courses are under constant review, ensuring that they are fresh, effective and challenging. Some courses are open to students who are beginners or intermediate in a language.
  • You will have access to outstanding facilities, including:
    – the University Language Centre, where there are opportunities to take extra language courses in addition to your main course of study (additional fees apply);
    – the Transnational Resources Centre (TRC), giving you exclusive access to over 3,000 DVDs in French, German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese plus multimedia facilities, satellite television with integrated off-air recording facilities, video-editing software (with technical support), and DVD projection equipment.
  • Part of your course will be taught by the Centre for Applied Linguistics, where you'll learn from world-leading experts in Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Pragmatics and Intercultural Communication.

Dr Kirsty Hooper

Hispanic Studies

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

Isabel Quah

Centre for Applied Linguistics student

What will I learn?

Spanish is a world language with around 400 million speakers and is today one of the most important languages for commerce and cultural exchange. Warwick offers an innovative approach, combining the study of the Spanish language with the study of the diverse range of Hispanic cultures across Europe, the Caribbean, the Americas, and event aspects of Hispanic history in Africa and the Pacific.

All our programmes are designed to enable you to study the Spanish language and Hispanic literatures and cultures to the highest level, while developing your communication, analytical and research skills.

You will work closely with leading researchers whose specialisms range from contemporary Spain to Latin America, via Galicia, the Caribbean, the Atlantic and even the UK. In your first year, you will follow a core Spanish language programme at either beginner or advanced level, and depending on your degree course either one or two core cultural modules.

In your second and third years, you will make an individual selection of modules. You can view the modules currently available for second– and final-year students on our website at

You will spend one year of your course abroad, which may involve a British Council teaching assistantship, an international work placement, or university study at one of our carefully chosen partner institutions in Spain, the Caribbean or Latin America.

On the Hispanic Studies and Linguistics course you will study 50% Hispanic Studies and 50% Linguistics. After beginning the course, you may be able to transfer to Hispanic Studies with Linguistics, which would enable you to study 75% Hispanic Studies and 25% Linguistics.


Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You'll have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.

If you choose to spend half of your time on Linguistics, in the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.

In your second year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. If you choose to spend 50% of your time on Linguistics, you will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.

In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.

Find out more on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

How will I learn?

Teaching approaches depend on the kind of material to be covered, but will usually involve a combination of lectures, seminars, lab-based language classes and reading groups. Language learning relies heavily on small group teaching by core staff, native speakers and government-sponsored lectors. You can expect around 10-12 hours of teaching per week. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, writing essays and working on your language skills.

How will I be assessed?

We will track your progress through 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.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

You will normally spend the third year of your course abroad, depending on your course, although it is possible to go abroad in second year. This may involve a British Council teaching assistantship, an international work placement, or university study at one of our carefully chosen partner institutions in Spain, the Caribbean or Latin America.

Entry Requirements

A level AAB including A level in a modern or classical language

International Baccalaureate: 36 points including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical language.

Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Essential Subjects

All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications in a modern foreign language.

Further Information

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews We do not normally interview candidates for any of our degree courses but may do so if we receive an application from someone with 'non-standard' qualifications.

Department offer holder days Candidates will be invited to one of four departmental offer-holder Open Days once they have been offered a place. Open Days take place during the spring term.

Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

We offer a wide variety of modules exploring Hispanic language, culture, society and history, as well as Linguistics.

More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Assistant Producer, France 24 TV; German market, American Express; Fraud Investigator, Apple; Translator, The Lonely Planet; Assistant to the Governor of the Banca Italia, International Marketing Assistant, Next plc; International Graduate, HSBC Private Bank.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
AAB, including a modern or classical language

IB: 36 points, including 5 in a Higher Level modern or classical language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad

Department website
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Student blogs

Mélissa Chan-Cheape - French and Hispanic Studies

Claudia Lussana - Hispanic Studies and Italian

Bethany Goodman - Applied Linguistics

Isabel Quah - Applied Linguistics

Elena Sandu - Applied Linguistics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.