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QR34 BA English and Spanish (4 years)

‘You read widely, have a talent for languages, and are passionate about communication. English and Spanish at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about language and literature in new and engaging ways’.

Introducing your degree

On this joint degree in English and Spanish you will explore English literature and critical theory, alongside Spanish culture, politics and history. The third year of this four year degree will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country as an English language assistant, studying on a university course, or on an approved work placement. Careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas have been entered into by graduates of this course.

Overview

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Programme Structure

• In your first year, you will take a balance of English and Spanish modules. Studying English you will explore the form and material context of different literary narratives, and debates in critical theory. In your Spanish modules you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency and introduced to the study of Spanish cultural forms, political and historical issues.

• In your second year you will choose from a wide range of Spanish language and English literary topics from the medieval period to Latin American culture.

• You will spend your third year in a country where Spanish is spoken. Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period.

• In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge and skills as a linguist and independent researcher in literary studies with the option of completing a dissertation on a literary topic of your choice.

For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules’.

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Key Facts

  • Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
Education driven by research
Education driven by research

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and Spanish.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in English Literature (or a related subject*) at higher level and 6 in Spanish at higher level

*A related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language, or Drama and Theatre Studies. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes.

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grades AB in English Literature (or a related subject*) and Spanish or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

You will choose four modules each semester. You should take at least one English module in semester one, and two English modules in semester two. One module in each semester will normally be your Spanish language course.

Spanish:
You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages module in each semester.  However, you may opt to take a single module in an alternative subject.

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

English:
Students should normally choose three (one double and two single) optional English modules (ENGL) in the year.

Spanish:
Students should normally choose one optional Modern Languages module in each semester (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG). You must choose at least one SPAN module in the year.

LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.  You may replace one single English module in one semester and one optional single Spanish module in the other semester with a single module in an alternative subject.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English; the other the equivalent credits in Spanish.

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where Spanish is spoken, either as:

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:
Year abroad

Year 4

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

English:
If you wish to do an English dissertation in semester two, you will normally take EITHER two single English modules OR one double English module to take in semester one. If you do not wish to take an English dissertation, you will normally choose one double English module in semester one and two single English modules in semester two.

Spanish:
You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages unit in each semester (SPAN / PORT / LING / LANG). You must choose at least one SPAN unit in the year.  You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in Spanish.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15-credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English; the other the equivalent credits in Spanish. 

Semester One

Compulsory language module:
SPAN9013 Spanish Language Stage 7

Compulsory
LANG3011
Seeing and being seen: Study Abroad re-entry
Optional
ENGL3003
Rakes and Libertines
ENGL3004
Writing The Novel
ENGL3015
Fantasy Film and Fiction
ENGL3039
Sweatshops, Sex Workers and Asylum Seekers: World Literature and Visual Culture after Globalisation
ENGL3047
Literature and Culture from the Middle East
ENGL3053
Chaucer and his World
ENGL3056
Victorian Bestsellers
ENGL3062
Nuclear explosions, genetic engineering, and climate change: How literature has held the sciences to account since 1945
ENGL3069
Love and Death in Africa’s Cities
ENGL3078
Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
ENGL3079
Visions of Beowulf: New Encounters with Anglo-Saxon Culture
ENGL3081
Money and Meaning in American Fiction
ENGL3086
Eve and the Angels: Love, War, and the End of Epic in Milton’s Paradise Lost
ENGL3088
Sex and the City in Stuart Drama
ENGL3089
Literatures of Islands and Oceans
ENGL2012
Jewish Fictions
ENGL2087
Great Writers Steal: Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
GERM3016
Language and the City
LANG3003
Dissertation
LANG3007
Translation: Theory and Practice
LING3001
Second Language Acquisition Theory
LING3003
Advanced Syntax
LING3005
Language Teaching Theory and Practice
SPAN3004
Barrios and Borders: Language and Identity amongst US Latinos
SPAN3011
Exiles, Migrants and Citizens: Narrating and documenting displacement in contemporary Spain
SPAN3012
Sex, Soap Operas and Female Dissidents: Representations of Women in the Hispanic World

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternationalChannel Islands
BA English and Spanish2018Full-time£9,250£16,536£9,250
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentAll laboratory equipment and materials are provided. Computer Discs or USB drives- Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device. Software Licenses- All software is provided Hardware- It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to https://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service.
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses; travel costs; visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programmes details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and Spanish at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and Spanish graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• communicate with fluency in another language
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and Spanish also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our English and Modern Languages Careers and Employability pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni pages on our English and Modern Languages websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English and Modern Languages degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and Modern Languages websites

Learning & Assessment

Combining pleasure with learning
Combining pleasure with learning

An English and Spanish degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, language, and cultures in the wider European and international context. There are opportunities for creative writing, study abroad, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English and Modern Languages academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Access to the Language Resource Centre’s extensive collections of video and audio recordings, grammars and dictionaries, newspapers and magazines

• An exciting range of assessment methods including speaking and listening exams, presentations, a year abroad investigative project, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• Opportunities to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Polish

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Study at one of our partner universities under the Erasmus scheme during your year abroad

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Scheduled learning & teaching study18%18%0%18%
Independent study82%82%100%82%
Placement study0%0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage1234
Written exam assessment13%18%0%19%
Practical exam assessment26%11%0%6%
Coursework assessment61%71%100%75%

Study Locations

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