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Course summary

Would you like the ability to communicate with people from across the globe in their native language? Imagine if your love for Spanish and Chinese could open up job opportunities in countries all around the world. In addition to targeting your language skills, this course offers you a rich variety of modules in Hispanic histories and cultures while allowing you to uncover the complexities of contemporary Chinese politics, society and identities. Many of our students say the year abroad is their course highlight. Not only do you have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in both the Spanish and Chinese languages and cultures, but spending time abroad can make you more independent and confident. Taking yourself out of your comfort zone won’t only benefit your degree, it’ll shape the person you are to become.


In year one, you will spend your time equally between Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies. In Spanish, in addition to a core module in the Spanish language at the appropriate level, you will be introduced to the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. In Contemporary Chinese Studies you begin a structured course in Mandarin Chinese to lead you to final degree level. The course has entry points for beginners and post-A level students in Mandarin. Alongside your core language module, you will take a module introducing Chinese history, society and culture. In year two your language studies will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. You will also take modules in culture, history, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in both Spanish and Chinese Studies. You will spend your third academic year abroad in Spain or Spanish America and China. For Spanish you have the option to undertake study at a University, do a work placement or work as an English language teaching assistant. For your Chinese placement, you will benefit from the University of Nottingham's campus in Ningbo, China, where you will spend a semester developing your language skills and gaining first-hand experience of life in China. Your fourth year is spent back at Nottingham. You will develop your command of both languages and their use in increasingly sophisticated contexts, and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, film and translation. You may also choose to write a dissertation. Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - 75% overall including at least 8.0 in Spanish. If wanting post A Level Mandarin, please contact the University. GCSE requirements – English grade C (numeric grade 4)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £20500* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £20500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies at University of Nottingham - UCAS