BA (Hons) Spanish and Latin American Studies

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

Spanish and Latin American Studies

Key facts

  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Start date September 2022
  • Duration 48 months or 36 months. Completing an optional British Council Language Assistantship increases the study period to 48 months or 60 months.
  • Mode of study part time, full time
  • Delivery on campus
  • UCAS Code R410
  • Study abroad opportunities

Overview

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 on an advanced level appropriate for the demands of today’s job market. You will 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 will spend an extended period studying abroad in Spain, Mexico, Chile or Argentina. This opportunity to refine your language skills will be enhanced by the research-led teaching you will enjoy in Stirling.

If you would like to explore multiple subjects, Spanish and Latin American Studies can be combined with a number 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

Year 1 entry – Four-year honours

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

GCE A-level
BBB 

IB Diploma
30

BTEC (Level 3)
DDM

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
ABB

GCE A-levels
ABB

IB Diploma
35

Essential subjects
Spanish

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).

International entry requirements

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 Academic or UKVI 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 (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill
  • IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • IBT TOEFL Special Home Edition 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing
  • 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
  • Aptis (4 skills) CEFR B2 overall and B2 in all sub-skills
  • Duolingo 95 overall with a minimum of 90 in all sub-skills
  • LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator -  Pass with minimum 33 in each sub-skill

Last updated: 24 March 2022

You must also check the specific English language requirements for your country.

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

Course details

In semesters 1-3 you will take Spanish at either beginners' or advanced learners' level, plus two modules in other subjects, allowing you to develop your interests and enhance your critical and analytical skills. As far and soon as possible, the classroom language is Spanish.

In the first two semesters beginners focus exclusively on developing their Spanish with a dedicated language course. The course for advanced Spanish learners comprises tuition in written and spoken Spanish and Latin American Studies, including cultural aspects.

During semesters 3-4, beginners and advanced language students will deepen their language knowledge, as well as study Spanish and Latin American cultures. You will acquire skills of how to express yourself in an informed and critical way, orally and in writing, in and about the fields of your study.

In semesters 5-8, you will continue with the study of language in its written and spoken forms and choose from a variety of thematic optional modules. Choices include: Andean Culture; Creative Writing; 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 are taking a Single Honours degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies, it is mandatory to write a dissertation.

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.

 

 

Modules

The module information below provides an example of the types of course module you may study. The details listed are for the current academic year (September 2021). Modules and start dates are regularly reviewed and may be subject to change in future years.

Course details

Teaching

You will 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 can 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 will 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 will be ready to join students from the advanced course with a good knowledge of the language and have a firm grasp of the necessary skills needed to study Spanish and Latin American cultures more critically and intensively.

Assessment

Formal assessment is by coursework such as language exercises, essays on set or chosen topics and written for particular reader groups, and oral presentations and engagement. You will 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. Thus modules are assessed by both coursework and examination.

Study abroad

If you study for an Honours Degree in Spanish, you will spend a period of residence abroad. This is usually in Semester 6, and will place you in a Spanish-speaking university. Stirling has exchange agreements with the universities of León, Santander, Sevilla, Jaén, 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 Córdoba in Argentina. In certain degrees, including Single Honours Spanish, the whole of Semesters 5 and 6 can be spent at a Spanish or Latin American university.

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

Fees and funding

Fees and costs

Academic year: 2021/22 2022/23
Scottish students £1,820* £1,820 *
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland £9,250 £9,250
European Union students £15,100 £15,900
Overseas students (non-EU) £15,100 £15,900

Scottish students

* This fee is set by the Scottish Government and is subject to change.

You will be charged the annual tuition fee each year when you enrol.

Although you’re liable for annual tuition fees, students domiciled in Scotland can 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.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you’ll be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

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

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

You can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of your tuition fees, from your relevant funding body. Students from the Republic of Ireland who are living in the Common Travel Area of the UK, Islands or Ireland and are starting a course of study in Scotland in session 2021/22 will be entitled to apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. See more information on the SAAS website.

We also offer additional funding – such as our Honours Year Scholarship – for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. See our funding opportunities below for more information.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

European Union students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students from the Republic of Ireland should see the fee and funding information under England, Wales, NI and Republic of Ireland.

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

Overseas students (non-EU)

You will be charged the annual fee each year when you enrol. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

If you need to take additional modules or resit modules, you will be liable for an additional fee.

For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

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.

Funding opportunities

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

Students domiciled in Scotland

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

EU students

For EU students starting studies in academic year 2022/23, we will award an automatic scholarship of up to £30k over the duration of your course. This is subject to eligibility criteria.

Students domiciled in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland

The Undergraduate Choice Scholarship provides a £1,000 cash award to all students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Republic of 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, Northern Ireland and Republic of 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.

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.

After you graduate

What jobs can you get with a Spanish degree?

Language skills are highly sought 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 develop good communication and intercultural skills. Spending time abroad during your degree programme also helps you 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 which is becoming increasingly global, these skills are in high demand across most career sectors.

  • 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 that 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 that you get the best out of your university experience, and are given the right opportunities to prepare you for the world of work.

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

  • Intercultural communication
  • Social skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Independent study and research
  • Time management
  • Teamwork

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