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Spanish BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU112

Study options:

4 years full-time, including 3rd year abroad
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


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Overview

Spanish is rapidly becoming one of the most important languages worldwide and is already the second most popular language in Europe. The mother tongue of 21 countries respectively, it is spoken by almost 400 million people.

The sheer number of Spanish speakers and their rate of growth, particularly in the United States where numbers have trebled over the last three decades, makes learning Spanish a smart choice.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

“Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience; the subject staff are brilliant, and there is a positive student vibe on campus.”

Raadia Sharif, BA (Hons) Spanish Graduate

Course information

We aim to develop your language skills, deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history, culture and society in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, with the chance to experience life in a Spanish-speaking country first-hand during your year abroad.

In all years, you will have the opportunity to study different areas of the Spanish language, covering topics such as Spanish literature, cultural and social issues through the media and Spanish translation.

96%

of our students are satisfied with the quality of the course

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

During the first year, you’ll have the chance to develop your understanding of the basic principles of the Spanish language — through grammar, morphology and syntax. You’ll be introduced to translation from Spanish and vice versa, using different genres of text to increase your awareness of the structural and cultural differences between the two languages.

Modules

  • Introduction to studying English and Languages at the university

  • Introduction to Hispanic Societies

  • Spanish Language 1

  • Linguistics and Translation

  • Business Organisation in Spanish

  • Spanish Language and Culture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

In your second year, you can continue to develop your language skills through weekly practice sessions, listening to TV/radio extracts, podcasts films and other authentic audio and/or visual material in Spanish, and responding to questions (or prompts) in the target language. You’ll have the opportunity to study, analyse and report on the way people use Spanish in real-life situations by summarising written texts from Spanish into English and writing short essays in Spanish on contemporary social topics.

We will explore how society works in both Spain and Latin America (the Hispanic world) and the relationships between these countries. Using real-life case studies from Spain and some Spanish American countries, we’ll look at some of the main cultural, political and social issues of the modern world. For example, identity development: regional, national, ethnic, sexual or linguistic in Spain and Latin America.

Modules

  • Hispanic Cinema

  • Spanish Language 2

  • Career and Project Planning

  • Spanish Social Issues through the Media

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Business Environment in Spanish
    • Business Strategies in Spanish
    • Marketing and Advertising in Spanish
    • Sociolinguistics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. Past students have done placements in AIM group international, the British Council and Lucas Fox international properties, for example.

Modules

  • Mandatory year abroad portfolio

Overview

In the third year, your studies culminate in a dissertation through which you pursue and research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests.

Past students have chosen exciting topics like: ‘Interpretation and Translation as a Profession within the Public Services in Spain’; ‘What are the difficulties faced during the process of audiovisual translation of a US film into Iberian Spanish?’; ‘To what extent will the future of Cuba be business as usual?’; ‘Ché Guevara: An investigation into the making of an icon in Latin America’; ‘An investigative study of foreign language teaching in England and Spain with particular reference to Spanish and English’; ‘The role of language immersion in the language development of learners of Spanish as a foreign and second language’; and ‘The Catalan language in the creation of the social identity of Catalonia: a study of its linguistic nationalism.’

Modules

  • Project: Literature Review

  • Project: Dissertation or Professional Portfolio

  • Advanced Spanish Language

  • Optional modules

    3 from the following:

    • Syllabus and Materials Design in a Multimedia Age
    • Marketing and Advertising in Spanish
    • Languages in the World
    • Business Strategies in Spanish
    • Spanish Translation
    • The Chicano Experience in Literature and Film

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

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

12th

Coventry University has climbed the rankings again to 12th in the UK Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • 90% of students studying Spanish were in work or continuing their studies after six months (DLHE 2016/17).
  • Option to volunteer in schools to gain experience as a teaching assistant or to present one-day courses to pupils from Years 11-13.
  • 96% overall student satisfaction for ‘Iberian Studies’ in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 with 100% satisfaction for the quality of teaching.
  • Join the English and Languages Society and the Erasmus Society which aims to provide a variety of great opportunities in order to improve cultural understanding and self-development.
  • Taught by active researchers, who regularly publish research into language teaching and learning, with expertise in second and third language acquisition, translation, Hispanic cinema and literature.
  • Opportunity to study alongside students from Spain on placement within the University. We have arrangements with students from the University of Oviedo and Valencia who come to study at Coventry University during their year abroad.
  • 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, many of whom provide student placements.
  • Topics in Spanish culture and society, such as Hispanic traditions and festivities, changes in the education system, the changing nature of family relationships in Hispanic societies, integration of immigrants in Spain, the role of written media in Western societies, human rights violations, employment and unemployment in Spain, that give you specific applied language skills which will be relevant to the workplace.

The use of technologies, such as busuu.com and Livemocha, to maintain links with native speakers of the language that you are studying.

Your main study themes are:

  • 2D and 3D design: You will be introduced to 2D and 3D illustrative and communication techniques practiced throughout the international product design community. Each assignment will be initiated with a different focus so that on completion you will able to demonstrate your competence in a variety of 2D visualisation and 3D modelling techniques.

  • Product design for manufacture: We explore the principles and relationships involved in the selection of materials and processes for manufacture, their influence on aesthetics and functionality. 

  • Professional studies: We will guide you on your journey to becoming a professional design practitioner. We will encourage autonomous activity in making, drawing, collecting, organising and developing images and other key personal ‘triggers of interest’ in a sketchbook that acts as a log of your work. The sketchbook is intended to be a constant companion and provide a place to note, draw and explore all aspects of design activity taught on courses or initiated in other ways. You will be introduced to the nature of professional design related employment and we will assist you in producing evidence of your progress towards becoming a design professional into a formal portfolio of design work. The main outcome will become a ‘passport to the community of practice’ of professional designers.

  • 3D modelling: Develops your understanding of translating 2D ideas into 3D form, manipulating form to support visual brand language and the use of 3D CAD software to enable the forms you create to be manufactured using the latest digital technologies.

  • Design enquiry: You will be encouraged to demonstrate your capability to undertake an investigative activity that forms the basis for research and key knowledge that underpins the work of design practitioners in their field. Research may include: design practice, theory, management and the context of design, such as historical influence, contemporary practitioners, political and commercial agendas, market trends and analysis, sustainability, brand, technological developments and societal needs.

The course normally lasts three years when studied full-time and four to six years part-time. You can start in September.

Your course will be based on a series of mini-lectures, workshops 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to go on field trips, for example, to the Language Show at London Olympia.

Students successfully completing the first two years of the course can opt to spend a year out between the second and third years on placement or study abroad. Past students have spent a year studying Spanish language, literature, culture and translation in Spain.

Our excellent industry links enable us to host an exciting programme of guest speakers covering topics such as ‘Spain between tradition and the modern’ and ‘El Camino de Santiago’. In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice.

Your work will be marked according to how well you achieve the various learning outcomes, which will be clearly set out on all project briefs. Assessment forms vary and 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 your final grade assessment is as follows:

  • Formal examinations: 35%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 40%
  • Practical or project work: 10%
  • Presentations, posters: 10%
  • Group work: 5%

35% assessed by exams

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks 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 each week.
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts, online activities in your own time

The whole course is, by its very nature, an international course, focused on equipping graduates with the skills to speak Spanish as a second language.

 The curriculum explores Hispanic culture and contexts, but there is no better experience than to live, study or work in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country. As such, 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. We have strong links with AIM group, TEFL trainers, Barcelona Home, Eurostars Buenavistas Hotels, who have taken on students for professional placements in previous years. A number of our students have also attended universities in Madrid, Valencia, Malaga and Oviedo. Studying abroad enables you to experience a different country’s educational system and different approaches adopted to the subject areas studied.

There are volunteering opportunities to mentor overseas students in Coventry as ‘English buddies’, and invitations to attend scholarly talks by overseas visitors. At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience; the subject staff are brilliant, and there is a positive student vibe on campus.

Raadia Sharif, BA (Hons) Spanish, final year student in 2016/17

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: BESU112
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DDM, plus A2 Spanish/French at grade C or GCSE at grade B. 29 points to include Spanish. Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English at C and Spanish at grade B if no A2 Spanish.

Portfolio

All applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

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.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language An IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

“Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience; the subject staff are brilliant, and there is a positive student vibe on campus.”

Raadia Sharif, BA (Hons) Spanish Graduate

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£13,150 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

“Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience; the subject staff are brilliant, and there is a positive student vibe on campus.”

Raadia Sharif, BA (Hons) Spanish Graduate

Career prospects

The Spanish economy is booming; with 26 Spanish companies in the 2016 Forbes Global 2000, an annual list of the world's 2,000 largest publicly listed corporations.

With an increasing number of multinational giants, whose names are recognised across the world – like Banco Santander, Seat, Telefónica, Iberia and Repsol – there’s never been a better time to graduate with a Spanish degree.

A degree in Spanish can equip you not only with excellent language and communication skills, but also the accompanying cultural knowledge and a range of transferrable skills that employers will value. It could open up a wide variety of careers: in education as a bilingual trainer or teacher; in business and commerce as an international relations consultant, translator/interpreter or international account manager; in media and marketing as a publishing specialist, foreign correspondent or proof reader; in culture and tourism as a cultural events coordinator, travel agent, escort or guide; and in government as an immigration officer, interpreter, cultural attaché or foreign services officer.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers can also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

90%

of our graduates are in work or further study six months after the course

DHLE 2014/15

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work as a project manager at Conference Studio in Madrid, a graduate trainee client executive at Millward Brown-Kantar, a reporting analyst for the Ministry of Defence and teaching English for the British Council in Spain. 

£20k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

“Studying at Coventry University has been an incredible experience; the subject staff are brilliant, and there is a positive student vibe on campus.”

Raadia Sharif, BA (Hons) Spanish Graduate
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.