If you are fascinated by the Americas, North and South, and would like to explore the cultures of the United States and Canada alongside those of Spanish America and even Brazil, then this course is for you. You will study Spanish language and the histories, literatures and cultures of the United States and Canada and many of the nations of Latin America. By looking at different parts of the Americas – the United States, Canada and Latin America – alongside one another, you will develop a rounded understanding of the relationships between North and South America, in terms of history, culture, literature and politics. We welcome beginners to Spanish and also students with an A-level in Spanish. For beginners, you could have no Spanish or a GCSE. If you have an A-level in Spanish, you may take beginners' Portuguese in your first year, after which you may continue studying the language into the final year. This gives you the chance to study Brazil in more depth. Our non-language modules in Hispanic Studies cover the history, politics and cultures of Latin America, including the period of Spanish and Portuguese colonial expansion into the Americas. In American Studies, you will learn about the history, politics, literature and culture of Anglophone North America.
Our first-year core modules are designed as an introduction. Even if you haven’t studied American Studies or Latin American Studies before, we’ll build everyone's knowledge to the same level, so you can progress through to year two. You will take 120 credits of modules split as below: Compulsory core modules (120 credits) – In Hispanics, you take Spanish language at beginners' ('Spanish 1: Beginners') or post-A level ('Spanish 1'). Post-A level students may also take beginners' Portuguese. Your non-language modules (you choose one or two) introduce you to the cultures, history and societies of the Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking worlds. These modules are taught in English and give you an overview of Hispanic Studies In American Studies, you will choose between introductory courses on the basic themes and events of American history or the key authors and texts of American literature, from European settlement to the present. You will also take a multidisciplinary module that explores the literature, film and culture of Canada You must pass year one, but it does not count towards your final degree classification. In year two your language classes in Spanish (and Portuguese if you continue with it) are dedicated to giving you the fluency and confidence for work or study during the year abroad. Your Hispanics modules expand your knowledge of these cultures and societies. Your American Studies modules help you to develop a multidisciplinary approach and you can choose from two key modules. You will also select from a range of specialised modules to enable you to study certain periods, events, authors or texts in more depth. Your third academic year is spent in Spain and/or Latin America doing one of the following: studying at a university working as a language teaching assistant doing a work placement. If you intend to carry on with Portuguese after year two you may also spend the year in Portugal and/or Brazil. In year four you will build on the language skills acquired on the Year Abroad. Beginners can reach the same degree standard as non-beginners. You can also take specialist modules based on the research we are currently doing in Hispanic Studies. You must pass year four, which counts 67% towards your final degree classification.
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. 8.0 in Spanish if taking. No language 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.