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Spanish BA (Hons)

OVERVIEW

Spanish is a major world language spoken by approximately 450 million people. On this course you will develop your linguistic proficiency in Spanish and gain knowledge of the political, social, economic and cultural contexts of Spain and Spanish America.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

The Spanish BA Honours degree will provide you with a real understanding of modern Spain and the Hispanic world including recent social, political, business and cultural developments. You can study Spanish with English, French, Business, International Relations or TEFL.

If you choose this course you will benefit from:

  • a year studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country, which provides you with an international experience that many businesses are looking for when employing a graduate;

  • the opportunity to study alongside students from Spain who are doing a placement in our department;
  • the use of modern technologies, such as busuu.com and Livemocha, to maintain links with native speakers of the language that you are studying;
  • topics in Spanish culture and society that give you specific applied language skills which will be relevant to the workplace;

  • links with companies in Spain including Kuoni Destination Management Madrid (event management), Contemporary Art Centre (Malaga), AIM Spain S.L. (events and tourism), Grupo Antolin Irausa S.A. (automotive), Casamona International S.L. (real estate) and others;
  • the opportunity to gain valuable work experience by mentoring pupils and shadowing Spanish teachers;
  • students who combine Teaching English as a Foreign Language with Spanish benefit from the opportunity to obtain a Cambridge ESOL teaching qualification, the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) or Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT), as an integral part of the course. Cambridge ESOL is part of the University of Cambridge, and its English language teaching qualification is recognised throughout the world.

 

Authorised

Cambridge English Language Assessment authorised centre

The University’s authorised status shall be renewed in accordance with the University of Cambridge’s standard review process and is subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

This course focuses on the four major language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. As GCSE/AS entry is available, a placement test will be used to determine where additional language support is needed.

In addition, the course covers sociolinguistics, specialist translation, contemporary Spanish culture and society, and the language of business.

In all years you will study different areas of the Spanish language and will apply this to research projects. In this course you will cover topics such as: Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Spanish Cultural and Social Issues through the Media and Spanish Translation.

Your final year will allow you to strengthen your knowledge of the Spanish language, and complete a dissertation in an area of interest to you.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE BE TAUGHT?

Your course will be based on a series of mini-lectures and task-based activities such as translation from and into Spanish, listening and grammar exercises, oral presentations and summary writing from written and audio/visual sources. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessments on this course include listening comprehensions, translations, summaries, group oral presentations, online grammar tests and reading comprehensions. Some subjects require essay writing, and most are assessed by a combination of coursework and exam (with oral exams for language).

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • formal examinations 35%;
  • coursework, tests, essays 40%;
  • practical or project work 10%;
  • group work etc. 5%;
  • presentations, posters etc. 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

TEACHING CONTACT HOURS

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this could break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 3 hours per week to practise conversation with a language assistant as well as tutorials (individual or in small groups) and individual project supervision in your final year;

Medium group teaching: 10 hours of workshops, seminars and language classes;

Large group teaching: 3 hours of lectures each week;

Personal study: 22 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

Entry Requirements

Essential entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language, or specified equivalents. A minimum entry level of Spanish GCSE at A*–B grade, or equivalent is required where candidates do not have A2 Spanish.

Typical offers

A-Levels: BBC. Candidates wishing to take RR14 French and Spanish must have A2 French at grade C.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM plus A2 Spanish/French.

Access: The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade C and GCSE Spanish at grade B, or specified equivalents.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 29 points to include Spanish at Standard Level. For RR14 French at Standard Level is also required.

English as a Foreign Language: IELTS 6.0.

Find out more about acceptable equivalent qualifications here.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Graduates with languages have the highest employment rates of all humanities graduates*. Modern Languages at Coventry ranks 12th nationally (Guardian University Guide 2014), and Coventry has been named ‘UK’s top modern University’ (The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014). The study of Spanish equips you not only with excellent language and communication skills, but also with accompanying cultural knowledge and a range of transferable skills that employers will value. A degree in Spanish can offer you access to a wide variety of careers in marketing, tourism, banking, import/export, publishing, interpreting and translating, teaching and many others.

Spanish can also be studied in the Languages for Business course.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Source: Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2011/12

NO HIDDEN EXTRAS

The financial considerations of University study are of course, important, and it would be natural to worry about the possibility of having to face unexpected hidden extras. At Coventry University there is an absolute commitment to ensuring everything is clearly communicated in advance.

In each course description you will find what is included in the fees, what is not, and if there are any possible additional extras, a projection of what the possible costs would be.

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ADD+VANTAGE

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university. The key: developing and enhancing students' employability, and delivering a serious competitive advantage in the jobs market. At Coventry, that starts right from the beginning.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and which broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very broad range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The whole course is, by its very nature, an international course. Overseas placements, study abroad and links with international partners are all an essential part of the course. You are normally required to spend one academic year either working or studying in Spain, or another Spanish- speaking country.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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APPLY FOR THIS COURSE ORDER A PROSPECTUS
Course code:
R400
Duration:
  • 4 years with year abroad or exceptionally 3 years full time

Qualification:
  • Undergraduate Degree

Course type:
  • Full time

Fees:
£8,844

Contact Details:

Recruitment and Admissions Office

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222