Hispanic Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: R410
Study Hispanic culture and the Spanish language on a degree in the heart of London. Our department is active in all fields of Hispanic language, literature and cultural history. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture, and the modern Spanish language.

KEY BENEFITS
  • One of the country's most highly rated Spanish departments for teaching and research.
  • Programme taught by staff who are experts in their field.
  • Central location offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote Hispanic culture.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.
UCAS code
R410
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Contact name
Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Penninsular language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture (both Peninsular and Latin-American), and Spanish language. The core language modules help students refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study.

The year abroad will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country. If you decide to take up beginners’ Portuguese, you additionally take a one-week language course prior to the start of year 1, and one intensive language course in Portugal prior to your second year.




ABOUT THE Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

CAREERS

Your degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in almost limitless range of careers.

Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.


TEACHING STYLE

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we help students to become independent, lifelong learners, who contribute to the quality of their own education.

You will be studying with staff who are experts in a rich variety of fields and whose advanced research will put you at the cutting edge of critical thinking. As you progress, you will be able to tailor your degree according to your particular interests and gain exposure to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as film and visual arts.


STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.

Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.


LOCATION

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.


SPECIAL NOTES

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg. under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.


 

Currently, students study the following core and compulsory modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department for further advice.

YEAR 1

One core module, one compsulsory module plus four optional modules.



YEAR 1 CORE
Spanish Language I (Core)
Global Iberias (Compulsory)

YEAR 1 OPTIONS
Latin American Visual Arts, 19th & 20th Century
Introduction to Spanish American Narrative
Spain in the 20th Century
Critical Perspectives on the Spanish Transitions
Literature and Frontier in Medeival and Early Modern Spain
Introduction to Modern Spanish Culture I
Introduction to Modern Spanish Culture II
Portuguese Language

YEAR 2

One core module, plus six optional modules.



YEAR 2 CORE
Spanish language II

YEAR 2 OPTIONS
Catalan Language & Culture
The Spanish Civil War
Bodily Desires: Love and Sexuality in the Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Lyric
Nationalism in Spain
Culture & Identity in Spanish America
Cervantes' Don Quijote
After Franco: Films & Texts of the Transition
Goya & the Dream of Reason
Perceptions of Modernity, Spanish America 1800-1920
Spain in the World
Portuguese Language

YEAR 3
Normally spent in a Spanish-speaking country.

YEAR 4

One core module, plus six optional modules.



YEAR 4 CORE
Spanish Language IV

YEAR 4 OPTIONS
Political Eocnomy in Spain
Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics
Advanced Catalan Language
Myth & Archive: 19th & 20th Century Rewritings on Colonial Latin America
Stereotypes in Modern Spanish Cinema
Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts
Journey through Spain: Travel Writing in Modern Spain
History & Imagination in 19th-century Spanish Narrative
Sefarad: The Jews in Spain
Imperial Visions in Iberial Literature
Research Dissertation option (15 or 30 credits)
Portuguese Language

 



ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
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Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 including Spanish at A1. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
Spanish

A levels

AAB including Spanish at grade A. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma

Access to HE Diploma Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits:33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, a qualification, such as A-Level in Spanish (grade A).  Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Cambridge Pre-U

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including Spanish at D3. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - with Distinctions -  likely only to be considered when offered in combination with another qualification in Spanish (such as A-Level grade A). Alternatively,  if you meet the DDD BTEC requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.
Combinations of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with Distinction) and other qualifications (such as two A-levels) also considered

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers including Spanish at A Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

International Baccalaureate

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Spanish at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - C2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Most applicants are considered between November and March. We are looking for students with a strong interest in language, who are keen to improve their skills further, and who have a love of reading and a lively interest in Hispanic and/or Lusophone-speaking countries. For Hispanic Studies programmes, we are looking for a good command of Spanish however for our Portuguese & Brazilian studies programmes, previous knowledge of Portuguese is not necessary but we look for an indication of linguistic ability.
Successful applicants for all degree programmes, whether single or joint honours, will be invited to an open day. We welcome applications from overseas students and those with significant life experience.

Student profiles

Hispanic Studies with a year abroad BA
I chose King’s because of its great international reputation and central London location. My campus is on the Strand, right next to the river, which makes for stunning views and allows you to get to most places very easily on foot or by public transport. Although it doesn’t have a traditional campus feel, there is no denying the buzz you get from being in the centre of London and being right next to the Thames, theatreland and Somerset House, which hosts London fashion week, gigs and events throughout the year and an ice rink in Winter.

The compulsory year abroad attracted me to the BA Hispanic Studies course, as I think it’s an essential part of any good language degree, and I found the choice and variety of modules relating to Spain and Latin America really appealing.

I am a Student Ambassador and Telephone Fundraiser as well as a member of All the King’s Men (the male a capella singing group) and KCL Radio where I present my own music show “Pick ‘n’ Mix”. My highlights at King’s so far have to be going on a US East Coast tour with All the King’s Men and being at the Student Radio Awards with KCL Radio when we won Best Live Event/Broadcast for our coverage of Varsity 2011!

After my degree I plan on working within the Media and Creative industries. I’m confident that the skills I’m developing within my degree will help me stand out and effectively communicate and express myself within such competitive markets. I also hope that the ability to speak Spanish and Catalan (which I’m also learning) will allow me to work internationally.