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Spanish BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BESU112

Study options:

4 years full-time, including 3rd year abroad

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

This course aims to develop your language skills and understanding of the history, culture and society in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

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

Course information

The course covers the four major language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Spanish. We aim to provide knowledge of the way that the language works, the context in which Spanish operates and knowledge of the cultures, communities and societies where Spanish is used.

In all years, you will 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

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

Modules

  • Hispanic Cinema

  • Spanish Language Ab Initio: Consolidation

  • Career and Project Planning

  • Spanish Language Ab Initio: Reinforcement

  • Spanish Social Issues through the Media

  • Optional modules

    1 from the following:

    • Business Organisation in Spanish
    • Business Environment in Spanish
    • Business strategies in Spanish
    • Marketing and Advertising in Spanish
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Child Language Acquisition

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

You will be required to spend your third year either working or studying abroad in Spain or a Spanish speaking country.

Modules

  • Mandatory year abroad portfolio

Overview

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.

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
    • Democracy in Spain
    • 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...

  • The opportunity to study alongside students from Spain who are doing a placement in our department.
  • A year studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country, which provides you with an international experience.
  • Topics in Spanish culture and society that provide opportunities to practice specific applied language skills which could be relevant to a future 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 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.

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:

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

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

35% assessed by exams

In a typical week you will have up to 14 contact hours of teaching and this could break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 3 hours per week to practice 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: 2 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to spend 25 hours each week studying and revising in your own time.

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. We have strong links with AIM group, TEFL trainers, Barcelona Home, Eurostars Buenavistas Hotels and in previous years they have taken on students for placements. 

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

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

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

£12,471 (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

Career prospects

Graduates with languages have the highest employment rates of all humanities graduates*.

We enjoy 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.

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 context of business in the Languages for International 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.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

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

90%

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

DHLE 2014/15

£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
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.