Spanish (BA)

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.

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 provides a great opportunity for you to further improve your Spanish and to fully immerse yourself in another culture.

A degree in Spanish at Cardiff University enables students to access, analyse and evaluate current developments across the Hispanic world as well as the cultures and values of the past. Having studied Spanish, students will be ready to take advantage of the wide-ranging opportunities open to language graduates today. Spanish at Cardiff can be taken by students who have an A level (or equivalent) in the subject, as well as by students who have no prior knowledge of Spanish. Studying for a degree in Spanish involves immersing yourself in both the language and the culture of the Hispanic world. At Cardiff, we place great emphasis on reading, writing, oral and aural skills, which are vital for communication. In language classes, you will be taught by native speakers of Spanish. What makes a degree in Spanish at Cardiff University different is the dedicated staff, international environment, breadth of research-led teaching and the extensive range of institutional links for the Year Abroad, which have been built up over many years.

Key facts

UCAS CodeR400
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 185 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 600 applications
Typical A level offerABB including a modern foreign language. (General Studies is not accepted)
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including Spanish.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerConsidered on individual merit
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here.

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

Dr Carlos Sanz-mingo, 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.

The structure of the degree is based around modules with a specific number of credits, which are awarded after successful completion. The credits earned count towards the total number of credits required for the degree. While some of the modules at each stage are compulsory, the degree structure also leaves room for individual choice.

During my Year Abroad, I spent 6 months teaching at a private school in the heart of the Peruvian capital Lima. I enjoyed the wonderful cuisine, nightlife and friendly people.

James Beckett - BA Spanish

Year one

As well as students with A-level Spanish, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of Spanish. Such applicants will generally require an A-level in another modern foreign language. We run two pathways for Spanish students: one for students with an A-level or equivalent competence in Spanish; the other for students beginning Spanish afresh.

Our ‘Key optional modules’ indicate the modules you would be required to study, either beginners or advanced, depending on your subject specific A-levels. You are then free to choose from the ’further optional modules’ list.

Year two

Year three: Sandwich year

You spend the third year of your Spanish degree in Spain or in another Hispanic country. You have a range of options, which include studying at one of our partner universities, working as an English assistant in a school, or working for a company or organisation in a Spanish-speaking country.

While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned to the Year Abroad coordinator, who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress.

Year four

Spanish no longer distinguishes between Beginners and Post A-level students by your final year. All students of Spanish take the language module.

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.

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.

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.

Jobs

  • Interpreter
  • Banking and Finance
  • Teaching

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4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

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Dr Carlos Sanz-mingo, Admissions Tutor


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