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BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies

UCAS Code R410 Part-time study available Fast-track your degree Study abroad opportunities

Study Spanish at Stirling and discover a world of new opportunities. We ensure you’re ready to speak, read and write Spanish to a professional level.

Spanish and Latin American Studies

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months (Please note, completing an optional Language Assistantship increases the study period to 60 months or 48 months)
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Over 400 million people around the world speak Spanish – which is why learning the language for yourself makes you a powerful asset to employers in an age of global opportunities.

This course offers Spanish for all – from complete beginners to advanced speakers – and equips you to read, write and speak the language to an advanced level appropriate for the demands of today’s job market. You’ll also have the chance to acquire a critical awareness of the societies and cultures of Spain and Latin America, as well as transferrable skills that can be applied in a number of professional and academic settings.

In order to truly immerse yourself in Spanish and Latin American culture, you’ll spend an extended period studying abroad in either Spain, Mexico, Chile or Argentina. This opportunity to refine your language skills will be bolstered by the research-led teaching you’ll enjoy in Stirling, where more than 90% of Iberian Studies students agree that staff are good at explaining things (NSS 2019).

If you’d like to explore multiple subjects, Spanish and Latin American Studies can be combined with loads of other courses. From Education or Business Studies to Law and Journalism, each combination is designed to help you work towards your vision for the future right from the outset of your studies.

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Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

    SQA Highers
    ABBB - by the end of S5
    AABB - by the end of S6

    GCE A-level

    IB Diploma

    BTEC (Level 3)

    Essential subjects
    To apply for a combined degree with French and Spanish, you’ll require one of these languages at Higher or A-level (or equivalent).

    Widening access students
    Widening access students may be eligible for an adjusted offer of entry. To find out if this applies to you go to our widening access pages.

    Care-experienced applicants will be guaranteed an offer of a place if they meet the minimum entry requirements.

  • Year 2 entry – Three-year honours

    SQA Advanced Highers

    GCE A-levels

    IB Diploma

    Essential subjects

  • Other Scottish qualifications

    Scottish HNC/HND
    Year one minimum entry - Bs in graded units.

    Access courses
    University of Stirling access course - for mature students only. You must pass the course with 50% or above.

    SWAP access course - for mature students only. Please check the SWAP progression routes document for details.

    Email our Admissions Team for advice about other access courses.

    Foundation Apprenticeships
    Considered to be equivalent to 1 Higher at Grade B

    Essential subjects
    To apply for a combined degree with French and Spanish, you’ll require one of these languages at Higher or A-level (or equivalent).

  • Other qualifications

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish HNC/HND
    Merits and Distinctions

    English, Welsh and Northern Irish access courses
    Access to Higher Education - 60 credits, minimum 45 at QCF Level 3, pass at 60% or above.

    Essential subjects
    To apply for a combined degree with French and Spanish, you’ll require one of these languages at Higher or A-level (or equivalent).

  • Advanced entry

    Advanced entry is not available for this course.

  • Additional information

    General entrance requirements apply

    If you’ve taken exams over two sittings, repeated an exam, or been upgraded, the entrance requirements may be higher.

  • Other routes of entry

    If you’re an international student and don’t meet the required academic and English-language criteria for entry onto this degree, there are other options. You could take our International Foundation programme, which prepares you for entry into our degrees. Delivered by INTO University of Stirling on our Stirling campus, you can benefit from excellent teaching and supportive English language training. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Media, Humanities and Social Sciences provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

  • English language requirements

    If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

    • IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 162 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English 54 overall with a minimum of 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL 80 with no subtest less than 17
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Pass in each sub-skill, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

    Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses

In semesters 1-4 you’ll take Spanish at either beginner or advanced level, plus two modules in other subjects, allowing you to develop your interests and practise your critical skills. The advanced course comprises tuition in written and spoken Spanish and Latin American cultures. Beginners focus exclusively in the first two semesters on developing their Spanish with a dedicated language course.

During semesters 3-4, beginners and advanced language students will continue to learn the language, while also studying Spanish and Latin American cultures.

In semesters 5-8, you’ll continue in the study of language in written and spoken form, and choose from a variety of optional modules. Choices include: Andean Culture; History and Politics in Argentine Culture; National Identities in the Basque Country and Catalonia; and Sexuality and Gender in Latin American Film.

For many of our Spanish degrees, there is a compulsory period of Study Abroad for a semester in a Spanish-speaking country. In your final study year, you may write a dissertation on your chosen subject in place of a taught module. If you’re taking a Single Honours degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, writing a dissertation is mandatory.

Please note, the “Option B” study route listed below for semesters 5 and 6 is only for students who have received explicit permission from the course director not to study abroad in semester 6.




The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course details

  • Teaching

    You’ll learn via a combination of lectures, language tutorials, seminars, oral practice sessions with a native speaker, IT laboratory sessions and self-access of learning resources.

    You may study Spanish at advanced level or as a beginner. Years 1 and 2 of our advanced stream are in written and spoken in Spanish to further develop your knowledge of the language. At the same time, you’ll take an introduction to modern Spanish and Latin American cultures.

    The beginners’ stream concentrates on learning the language in Semesters 1 and 2 through a dedicated language programme. In the first semester of Year 2, beginners progress to an intermediate course – enhancing their knowledge of the language while being progressively introduced to the study of Spanish and Latin American cultures. In Semester 4, you’ll be ready to join students from the advanced course with a good knowledge of the language, and a firm grasp of the necessary skills needed to study Spanish and Latin American cultures more intensively.

  • Assessment

    Formal assessment is by coursework such as language exercises, essays on set topics and oral presentations. You’ll also be assessed through exams of various types, including oral exams in Spanish. Written exams require essay-type answers, and language laboratory exams test your progress in language structures. Modules are assessed by both coursework and examination.

  • Study abroad

    If you’re studying for an Honours Degree in Spanish, you’ll spend a period of residence abroad. This is usually in Semester 6, and will place you in a Spanish-speaking university. In certain degrees, including Single Honours Spanish, the whole of Semesters 5 and 6 can be spent at a Spanish university. Stirling has ERASMUS exchange agreements with the Universities of Léon, Santander, Sevilla, Jaen, Huelva, Oviedo, Navarra, Córdoba, Granada and Santiago de Compostela. In Latin America, there are also exchange agreements with universities in Mexico City, Santiago de Chile and Cordoba in Argentina.

    You’ll also have the option of working for a year abroad between Semesters 4 and 5. Students often spend this in paid employment – typically as a language assistant teaching English in a school.

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  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (Fees are different for each course)

      2019/20 2020/21

    Scottish/EU Students

    Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland or the EU will be able to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish government on their behalf. If you’re unsure of your fee status, you can check your eligibility online.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    Important note for EU students

    The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students enrolling in the 2019 and 2020 academic year will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland. EU students will retain that status for the duration of their four year degree. The future fee status of EU students enrolling in UK universities will depend on the timing and terms of the UK’s exit from the European Union. The University will make decisions on fee levels for EU students enrolling in 2021 when further guidance is available from the Scottish and UK governments, and will publicise information about fee levels and financial support available on our University and Europe information pages.

    While students should be aware this may mean a change from the current position where EU students are treated with equivalence to Scottish students, it is also important to note that any changes would also require changes to existing UK and Scottish legislation. Current indications are that the UK would leave the EU at the earliest in 2020, so any changes would not take effect before the academic year 2020/21.


    *This tuition fee is set by the Scottish Government, and may be subject to change.


    Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

    If you’re domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you’ll be able to apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body.

    You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    If you successfully complete Years 1-3 of your course, you will also be eligible to receive an Honours Year Scholarship valued at £9,250 to cover the tuition fee costs of your fourth and final year of study. Learn more about the Honours Year Scholarship.

    There is additional funding available for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please see Funding opportunities below.


    *This tuition fee may be subject to change depending on guidance provided by the UK Government.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    You will be liable to pay fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. Please note if you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    £12,450 £13,100

    You should expect to pay fees for every year you attend. Fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

  • Funding opportunities

    See what funding opportunities and loans are available to help you with tuition and living costs.

    Students domiciled in Scotland and the EU

    The University of Stirling offers undergraduate funding opportunities for students domiciled in Scotland or the EU. To find out if you’re eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK)

    The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland who meet the conditions of their offer and select the University of Stirling as their Firm or Insurance choice on UCAS.

    The University also offers the Undergraduate Merit Scholarship, which is awarded to selected students and provides a £1,000 cash award per year for years 1-3 of study. To be considered for the Merit Scholarship, students require a minimum of AAB at A-level or equivalent.

    In addition, students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who enter in year 1 and progress successfully through years 2 and 3 will receive our Honours Year Scholarship, which covers the cost of undergraduate tuition fees in the Honours year of study.

    You don’t need to apply for the awards listed above - we'll automatically identify your eligibility as part of the admissions process.

    To explore other scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

    Students domiciled overseas

    The University of Stirling offers generous undergraduate funding opportunities for overseas students. To find out if you're eligible to apply for an award, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling.

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay.

What jobs can you get with a Spanish degree?

Language skills are highly sought after by employers, and open up a wide range of careers. University of Stirling graduates with a degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies have secured jobs teaching in both Spanish and English, translating and interpreting – as well as roles working in finance, the civil service, industry and commerce, marketing, administration, charity work, publishing and public relations.

Spanish studies will help you to develop good communication skills. Spending time abroad during your degree also helps to develop cultural awareness, as well as an ability to adapt to new surroundings and work independently or as part of a team. In a job market that’s becoming increasingly global, these skills are all in high demand across most career sectors.

  • Over 97% of our undergraduate leavers are in employment or further study within 6 months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016/17).
  • Combine Spanish with a wide range of other subjects to focus in on your specific ambitions.
  • Your experiences of using Spanish abroad help to prepare you for a range of professional settings.
  • Employability skills

    Your employability is one of our highest priorities, and we want to make sure you have every possible advantage when you enter the job market. We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at Stirling and develop the attributes required by employers. We also have a dedicated Faculty Employability and Skills Officer and a Careers and Employability Service that work in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are given the right opportunities to make you ready for the world of work.

    Your studies will equip you with skills in the following areas, plus many more:

    • Communication
    • Analytical thinking
    • Independent study and research
    • Time management
    • Teamwork
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