In this joint honours course you’ll study English language and literature, alongside Spanish and Portuguese language and culture. This includes modules in history, culture, cinema and literature. If you're a beginner at Spanish an intensive beginners’ course will develop your language skills to degree level. If you already have A level standard Spanish then you'll add Portuguese to your language set. The year abroad allows you to really live and become fluent in your language, studying at a university, or working in a school or on a work placement. For the English side, you’ll take modules covering drama and performance, English language and applied linguistics, and literature (from 1500 to the present day) and medieval languages and literatures. By the end of the course you’ll be fluent your chosen languages and have a broad understanding of English literature and language.
You will normally divide your study time equally between the two subjects, taking 120 credits worth of modules each year. Your year one language modules will depend on your entry level language abilities in Spanish. If you start at post-A level Spanish you will study three core modules in Spanish. Beginners will study an intensive Spanish language module and a module on Spanish literature. In English, you will choose three wide-ranging modules from four areas: Medieval English language and literature, literature since 1500, drama and performance and applied linguistics. They will give you a thorough grounding in the relevant areas and influence your studies in years two and four. In year two you will take a core Spanish language module appropriate to your level, which will develop your skills in preparation for your year abroad. If you have already studied Portuguese in year one you can choose to continue with this language alongside your Spanish. The remaining modules you take will be optional modules focusing on Spanish and Portuguese cultures, histories and literatures. In English, depending on your module choices in your first year, you will choose three modules in your second year in English that cover at least two areas of study, allowing you to begin to focus your studies while still spanning the rich range of topics encompassed in the discipline. Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Spanish America either studying at a university, working as a language teaching assistant or doing a work placement. If you intend to carry on with Portuguese after year two you may also incorporate time in Portugal and/or Brazil. In year four you will continue to develop your Spanish language skills to degree level, with students who started the degree as beginners now studying the same core language module as other students. If you studied Portuguese in years one and two and spent time in a Portuguese-speaking country during your year abroad you may continue to degree level. Alongside language, you will also take specialist modules drawing on our research expertise, including the option of writing a dissertation. In English you will choose optional modules across at least two of the main areas of the discipline (Medieval English language and literature, literature since 1500, drama and performance and applied linguistics). Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies and the School of English, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including 8.0 in English. If taking post A Level then 8.0 in Spanish. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway. GCSE requirements – English grade C (numeric grade 4)
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.