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Spanish Studies BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time See course combinations for joint honours UCAS codes 2017
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2017

Why choose this course?

Studying Spanish will enhance your employability and open up career opportunities. This joint honours option will enable you to develop your Spanish language skills to a high level while studying another subject. A key feature is the chance to spend a period abroad during Years 2 or 3.

See the course combinations section for more information about the different joint honours options.

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What you will study

You can begin the course at one of two different entry levels (GCSE or A-level), building on your existing knowledge of Spanish and continuing to develop your competence in all four of the language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening. Your aim will be to communicate with confidence in a range of formal and informal situations, while exploring the interface between Hispanic culture and language.

In Year 1, you will begin to develop your language skills and will be introduced to Spanish culture and identity.

In Years 2 and 3, the language modules enable you to consolidate and extend your language skills, becoming a fluent communicator in both spoken and written Spanish. There will be a strong focus on reading and research skills, and you will learn to read and interpret the Spanish press and other foreign language documentary sources that may be relevant to your main subject. You will practise a range of specialised professional language techniques, such as translating, summarising, editing, report writing and liaison interpreting, and will give oral presentations or contribute to debates.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1 (Level 4)

  • This module will provide an introduction to some of the major themes in the history and politics of Spain and Latin America. It aims to provide students with an overview of the countries and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, situating their language learning in an accessible wider context. Specific topics will be examined in detail and students will be encouraged to reflect critically on these in written and spoken Spanish, in order to build up an understanding of contemporary society of the Spanish speaking world. It will provide essential background for the study of Spanish and Latin American culture, society, economics, politics and history in the second and final years.

  • In this module students will develop their competence in the Spanish language beyond A-level in reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and extend their awareness of the Spanish culture, reflecting analytically upon the structures and uses of language in general.

    Working in small groups and in regular contact with tutors, they will develop their language skills  through a variety of listening comprehension exercises, oral and aural task-based activities together with various forms of writing tasks.  Although post GCSE and post A Level students are taught together, the needs of post GCSE students are met by the provision of separate intensive grammar exercises and vocabulary building exercises through guided and independent learning.

    These are all core transferable skills, enhancing a student's ability to communicate in both Spanish and English.


Year 2 (Level 5)

  • This module introduces students to key texts, themes and theories from and about the culture and society in the Spanish-speaking world.

    Material to be analysed includes visual arts, documentary film, literature, poetry and the media which will enhance students' linguistic and analytical skills as they develop sustained pieces of writing in the target language.

    Themes covered include identities, globalisation, religion, politics, literature, cinema and society.

  • This module further develops the students' linguistic skills, which will be enhanced through the study of authentic materials examining contemporary Spanish issues.  Students will gain more confidence in the understanding of formal and informal Spanish, and will further their knowledge of a range of more complex Spanish structures and lexis.

    Working in small groups and in regular contact with tutors, students will consolidate their language skills through a variety of listening comprehension exercises, oral and aural task-based activities together with various forms of guided writing tasks.  They will translate texts in a variety of registers from Spanish into English and develop/summarise a written argument.  They will also contribute to intellectual discussion on a range of contemporary issues in Spain.

    These are all core transferable skills, enhancing the student's ability to communicate in both Spanish and English.


Year 3 (Level 6)

  • The aim of this module is to develop further students' ability to write in fluent and accurate Spanish and to present information effectively in the target language, handling a variety of written forms and registers with confidence and accuracy.  A wide range of authentic source materials will be used to extend further their knowledge and understanding of key aspects of contemporary Spanish society.  These materials will be exploited in order to enhance overall language competence, communicative techniques and translation and summary skills

    The module will also give students greater confidence and precision in moving between Spanish and English in written and spoken mode. Each week they will translate a variety of texts, taking account of style, register, genre and format.  These will be used to stimulate and develop debates and discussion in Spanish and to further the comprehension of Spanish discourse.

    This module will enable students to operate successfully in a professional capacity using the target language.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

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