Religious Studies and Spanish (BA)

Religious Studies and Spanish BA (Joint Honours) enables students to combine the study of religion, which has formed part of human life since the beginning of human existence, with one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world.

Religion has been part of human experience from the earliest traces of human existence up to the present day. It has been the way most cultures have sought to express their understanding of the purpose of life and the foundation of personal and social behaviour.

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. Spoken by more than 400 million people across more than 20 countries worldwide, it is one of the most useful languages in the world for business and leisure alike. It opens doors to a vibrant and diverse range of cultural experiences.

As a Spanish student at Cardiff University, you will be taught by staff who are actively involved in research in a wide range of topics relating to Spain and Latin America. You will also benefit from a flexible range of optional modules dealing with the literature, film and history of modern Spain and Latin America, including Catalan language and culture. The Year Abroad in your third year provides a great opportunity for you to further improve your Spanish and to fully immerse yourself in another culture.

You will be encouraged to actively pursue your own areas of interest through the highly flexible modular programmes. This will lead to the development of transferable skills, ready for entry into the graduate job market. You will also spend a year abroad during the scheme, to utilise the skills that you have learnt.

Key facts

UCAS CodeRV46
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 320 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 1800 applications
Typical A level offerABB. Three A-level subjects other than General Studies but including a modern foreign language.Two AS subjects may be considered in lieu of a third A-level.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level, to include grade B in a language subject
Typical International Baccalaureate offer26 points
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark
Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Louise Child, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

This is a four-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.  Year 3 is spent abroad.

Year one

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Spanish Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)ML029920 credits
Spanish Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)ML029820 credits
Introduction to Catalan Culture and LanguageML029420 credits
Principles of Translation TheoryML229920 credits
Innovations in European LiteratureML129820 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Business Spanish IML028720 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Money, Sex and Power in the Early ChurchRT432520 credits
History of Christian Spirituality 1550 - Present DayRT432120 credits
Emotions, Symbols, and Rituals: Studying Societies Through FilmRT121520 credits
Islam in the Contemporary WorldRT132720 credits
Bodies, Spirits, and Souls: The Person, Ethics, and ReligionRT133920 credits
Religion in the WorkplaceRT135420 credits
The Most Famous Hindu Text: Bhagavadgita, Text & ContextRT135520 credits
Foundational EthicsRT135620 credits
God, Good and the Ugly: Topics in Applied Islamic EthicsRT135720 credits
Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT135820 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT135920 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT136020 credits
Hebrew TextsRT230420 credits
New Testament Gospels and ActsRT320720 credits
Landmark Films from Spain and Latin AmericaML029120 credits
At the Roots of European CulturesML129520 credits
Introduction to Specialised Translation (Spanish)ML229720 credits
Miguel de Cervantes, Don QuijoteML029620 credits
Ancient, Mediaeval and Modern JudaismRT230620 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IIRT332720 credits

Year three: Sandwich year

Year four

Module titleModule codeCredits
Spanish Language (BA Languages)ML038220 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Elementary Sanskrit IRT120120 credits
Elementary Sanskrit IIRT120220 credits
Classical Hebrew 1RT220120 credits
Classical Hebrew IIRT220220 credits
Hellenistic Greek IRT320120 credits
Hellenistic Greek IIRT320220 credits
Beliefs in the CrucibleRT520420 credits
Christian 'Church' Today: Its Meaning, Life and MissionRT520520 credits
Theology On The Edge: Christian Thought in A Changing WorldRT531520 credits
Open Choice DissertationRT731620 credits
Christian Social Ethics TodayRT731720 credits
Understanding Christian WorshipRT432020 credits
Elementary Arabic IRT120320 credits
Elementary Arabic IIRT120420 credits
Gender and Sexuality: Islamic PerspectivesRT134520 credits
Exploring GnosticismRT121820 credits
Arabic Texts IRT131020 credits
Arabic Texts IIRT131120 credits
Majority World Voices: Global South TheologiesRT734220 credits
Open Choice TranslationRT134920 credits
Religion in Modern BritainRT733620 credits
Understanding Muslim ScripturesRT122620 credits
Buddhism: The First Thousand YearsRT122720 credits
Early Hindu Texts in SanskritRT132820 credits
The Life of the BuddhaRT135220 credits
Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy: Bonhoeffer's Life and LegacyRT432620 credits
Politics and Society in SpainML038020 credits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Catalan Language and Society (Prereq EU0294)ML038120 credits
Student Language AmbassadorML139820 credits
Spanish for professional purposesML038320 credits
From East to West: at the roots of European CultureML239920 credits
Translation as a ProfessionML239320 credits
Dissertation (Single Honours - in English)ML038740 credits
Dissertation (Single Honours - in Spanish)ML038840 credits
Advanced Translation Practice (Spanish)ML038620 credits
Spanish American PoetryML037920 credits
Intermediate Sanskrit TextsRT122420 credits
Islam in The Contemporary WorldRT121120 credits
Early HinduismRT133820 credits
Indian Philosophy, Indian HistoryRT122320 credits
New Testament EpistlesRT320520 credits
New Testament Greek Texts IRT320920 credits
Reformation HistoryRT420520 credits
The Medieval Church in the Latin WestRT420920 credits
Christian Spirituality, 150-1550 CERT430720 credits
History & Religion of Ancient IsraelRT230120 credits
Myth and The Movies: Anthropology and Psychology in Contemporary CinemaRT135020 credits
European Cinema DissertationML230320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned

You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors.

School of Modern Languages

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.

Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.

You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management.

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

School of Modern Languages

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment. 

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.

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4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

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