Why study Hispanic Studies 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, 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.
Dr Kirsty Hooper
Why study at Warwick?
A view from our academics
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 intermediate and final years, you will make an individual selection of modules. You can view the modules currently available for intermediate– and final-year students on our website at www.warwick.ac.uk/hispanicmodules
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. You can spend your year abroad either in a Spanish-speaking country for the whole year, or you can split your time between a Spanish-speaking country and Japan.
Japanese can only be taken at beginner level or post-GCSE level maximum. You will develop your linguistic skills by taking a language module in your first, second and fourth year. By the end of the course you will be expected to reach B2 standard (CEFR) in Japanese (this approximates to A Level).
Please visit the Hispanic Studies website for more information about the department.
How will I learn?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written, spoken and lab-based 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.
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. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A Level ABB, including any modern foreign language.
International Baccalaureate 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern foreign language.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level. Critical Thinking only accepted at AS level.
A level/Higher level Spanish not required. A foreign language at A/Advanced Higher/ IB Higher level will be required.
Taking a Gap Year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the admissions tutor (usually where non-standard qualifications are involved).
Open Days Offers to applicants will include an invitation to a selection of Languages Open Days, which are held in 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 introductory modules in Japanese.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website.
Please note: Course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.
Recent graduate destinations include:
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A level: ABB, including any modern foreign language
IB: 34 points, including 5 at Higher Level in any modern foreign language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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.