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Spanish and Latin American Studies Aberystwyth University Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Aberystwyth University (Prifysgol Aberystwyth)

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In a competitive world, where expectations from the open market are swiftly increasing, to study the third most spoken language in the world will put you in an advantageous position. The BA Spanish and Latin American Studies is a four year degree scheme designed to provide you with a profound practical knowledge of the Spanish language and will equip you with much-needed tools to reflect on past and contemporary literature, society, cinema, translation and politics both in Spain and Latin America. This is a four year degree with the third year spent abroad in either Spain or Latin America, in one of a number of options, either studying or gaining valuable work experience.

The Department of Modern Languages is a close knit department in which the student is the primary focus. We know all of our students by name and a real sense of community is developed in which lecturers and tutors are always on hand to guide the students through their studies.

This degree has two pathways in the first year only: one for students with an A-Level in Spanish and another for those with little or no current knowledge of the language through the Beginners’ route. If you are a Beginner in the Spanish Language, do not worry, you will be taught on our Spanish Beginners Language course and in your first year, your language skills will rapidly advance and you will join the advanced students in the second year. If you are entering this course with a Spanish A-Level, you will continue to develop your linguistic competencies but at the same time be enrolled onto the Hispanic Civilisation course where you will begin your journey through the culture, literature, film and politics of Spain and Latin America. You will also have the opportunity to study Brazilian-Portuguese to enhance your employability opportunities further.

You will be taught in a department that is regarded as: ‘Simply the Best Iberian Studies department in Wales, 2017’ (The Complete University Guide 2017) and one that is ranked 11th in the UK (The Guardian League Tables 2018). In the 2018 Complete University Guide, Iberian Studies at Aberystwyth was ranked 3rd in the UK.For the subject of Modern Languages, Aberystwyth University is ranked 5th in the UK for students entering employment or further study 6 months after graduation (The Guardian League Table, 2018).

Our teaching is done through lectures, seminars and language workshops. Our language workshops are classes that will improve your spoken, written, listening and translation levels. Our language laboratories will help you in training your eye to the Spanish language ready for your year abroad. Most of our courses during your time here are taught through the medium of Spanish.

All students on this course are required to take part in a study or work placement in Spain or a Spanish speaking country during your third year. A recent Erasmus Impact survey showed that 64% of employers considered international experience important for recruitment and that studying or working abroad will increase your chances of finding employment by up to 41% compared to students who do not study or work abroad.

Graduates from the Department of Modern Languages have pursued careers in:

  • Translation and Interpretation

  • Broadcasting

  • Education

  • Marketing

  • Human Resources

  • Website development

  • International Banking

  • Civil Service

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code R401
Institution code A40
Campus name Main Site (Aberystwyth)
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points With C in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner.
A level BBC With C in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM With specified subject.
Access to HE Diploma Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points With 5 points in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.

Additional entry requirements

Other

A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced B
Cambridge English Proficiency C
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 With minimum 5.5 in each component.
PTE Academic 62.0 With minimum scores of 51 in each component.
TOEFL (iBT) 88.0 With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.

If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £13,600 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

The Welsh Government is still to finalise arrangements for 2019/20 onwards, which means that for students starting in 2019/20 or after, tuition fees may rise for any successive years of study, mapped according to any inflation-linked maximum tuition fee permitted by the Welsh Government. These increases would also apply for the proportional fees charged for Year Abroad and Year in Industry. We will inform all applicants and students of the fee levels for 2019/20 and any inflation-linked increases for successive years of study as soon as confirmation is received from Welsh Government, and we will publish updates on our website. We recommend you check the updated fee information before applying. Up to date details of the relevant fees will be set out in our offer documentation, and your terms and conditions with us will describe how we may be entitled to increase or otherwise change fees during the period of your study with us. The fees position is different for overseas students. Costs not included in the tuition fee: The academic provision of the University includes certain elements of study away from Aberystwyth. These involve activities such as field trips in science degrees and visits to theatres, galleries and museums in humanities-based courses. The additional costs of such activities are not included in the overall University fee and you should, therefore, note the need to budget for them. Details of courses that have additional costs can be found on the Aberystwyth University website. These costs are given as an indication of likely cost and will vary as will the location and duration of the activity. Fuller details will be available from the department organising the activity.

Sponsorship information

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.

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Ceredigion
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