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Philosophy & Spanish with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Study a degree in philosophy and Spanish in the heart of London. This course is open to beginners of the Spanish language, or those with previous knowledge. Particular teaching strengths are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy, taught within one of the most distinguished philosophy departments in the UK. The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Hispanic language, literature and cultural history.

 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

Philosophy:

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.
  • The Philosophy Department is ranked 4th in the UK and 6th in Europe in the QS World Rankings by Subject 2018.
  • King’s offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.
  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.

Spanish Studies:

  • One of the country’s most highly rated Spanish departments for teaching and research, where Spanish has been taught since 1831.
  • The department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • The programme is taught by staff who are experts in their field.
  • Our central location offers easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres that promote Hispanic culture.
  • The opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency. We have exchanges with a number of global partner universities , and the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).
  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code RV45

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Philosophy Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Description

Our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy, which are offered by very few other universities in the UK.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Spanish language as well as Peninsular and Latin American literatures and cultural histories from the earliest times to the present day. Our modules will allow you to develop a broad understanding of the Hispanic and Lusophone world and to pursue your interests in more detail. Our language modules will help you refine and deepen your linguistic knowledge, enabling you to graduate with near-native fluency.

Teaching style

We use lectures and seminars to deliver most of the modules on our programme. In our undergraduate teaching, we aim to combine a wide range of study options with direct staff-student contact. Our emphasis on small-group teaching in tutorials and seminars makes King’s an excellent place to acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking, and to express your ideas both in writing and in philosophical discussion with your fellow students and instructors. Our programme offers an unusually wide range of options. Study of these options builds upon the solid foundation of core courses in the first and second years, with a lot of choice between modules already in the second year.

Assessment

Assessment mixes examinations and essays, and all modules offer formative assessment to let you try out and explore your ideas.

Location

The Department is based at the Strand Campus, in the heart of central London, putting you close to all our facilities and within easy reach of the cultural attractions of the Southbank and Covent Garden. The library and computing facilities are readily accessible, together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

In your first year you are required to take 60 credits in Philosophy and 60 credits in Spanish.

Required Modules

Philosophy

You are required to take one 15 credit module from each of the following groups plus one further module from any of the groups:

Group A
  • Greek Philosophy I (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy I (15 credits)
Group B
  • Ethics I (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy I (15 credits)
Group C
  • Elementary Logic (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics I (15 credits)
  • Epistemology I (15 credits)
  • Methodology (15 credits)

Spanish

In your first year, there are no optional units. You are required to take:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits)
  • Compulsory Global Iberias Module (30 credits)
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for Philosophy and Spanish in Year One.

Year 2

In your second year you are required to take 60 credits in Philosophy and 60 credits in Spanish.

Required Modules

Philosophy

In your second year, you are required to choose three level 5 modules (15 credits each) from at least two of the following groups, each of which may typically include the following modules:

Group A
  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)
Group B
  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom OR Justice (15 credits) (running in alternate years)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)
Group C
  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time (15 credits)

You will take a further 15 credits from any of the optional modules in the groups listed above, or from among the wide range of level 6 optional modules, which may include topics such as: Hellinistic Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Gender and Philosophy, Logic and the Philosophy of Mathematics.

Spanish

You are required to take to take the following module:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Philosophy

There are no optional Philosophy modules in Year Two.

Spanish

You are also required to take two further 15 credit modules from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature and Culture (15 credits)
  • Memory in Modern Spanish Culture (15 credits)
  • Fatherlands: Spain & Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature & Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)
  • Language Acts and Worldmaking in Medieval & Early Modern Spain (15 credits)

 

 

 

Year 3

You will spend your third year studying or working abroad in a Spanish speaking country. You can choose to study at one of our partner universities, and you will also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship or work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment.

Our partner universities include universities in Spain and Latin America, which currently include:

  • Universitat de Alicante
  • Universidad de Cadiz
  • Universidad Carlos III (Madrid)
  • Universidad de Córdoba
  • Universidad del País Vasco
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC)
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey Tec (Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus)
  • Universidad Nacional de Mexico UNAM (Mexico)
  • Universidad del Pacifico (Peru)
  • Universidad de Salamanca
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
Required Modules
There are no required modules for Philosophy and Spanish in Year Three.
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for Philosophy and Spanish in Year Three.

Year 4

In your fourth year you are required to take 60 credits in Philosophy and 60 credits in Spanish.

Required Modules

Philosophy

There are no required Philosophy modules in Year Four.

Spanish

You are required to take to take the following module:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Philosophy

Final year students take 60 credits of philosophy modules, at least 45 of which must be at level 6. The range of optional level 6 modules may typically include:

  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Jurisprudence (30 credits)
  • Law and Social Theory (30 credits)
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond (30 credits)
  • Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (15 credits)
  • Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)

Spanish

You are also required to take two further 15 credit modules from a range of options in Spanish and Latin American studies, which may typically include:

  • Images of Spain: Stereotypes in Spanish
  • Cinema (15 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Key Terms and Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits)
  • Writing Women in Pre-modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • Myth and Archive (15 credits)
  • Journey through Spain: Travel Writing in Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • The Writer and the Public: Journalism in Spain, Past and Present (15 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages: Historical Evolution and Linguistic Interference (15 credits)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-todate, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Spanish (except for applicants to the ab initio Spanish pathway)

Preferred subjects

A language, English or History

Further information and other requirements


Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

Ab initio pathway: AAB

Standard pathway: AAB including grade A in Spanish. Alternatively, if you have AAB but not academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Ab initio pathway: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Standard pathway: Access to HE Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition, an A-Level or equivalent qualification in Spanish at grade A. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency instead,  if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2

Standard pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 Spanish. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) 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)  

Ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB.

Standard pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB.

Standard pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB.

Standard pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject)

Standard pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including Advanced Higher Spanish at grade A. If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665.

Standard pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Higher Level Spanish at grade 6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

If you meet these grade requirements but have no academic study of Spanish, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes.

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band B Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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Career prospects

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Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Analyst Consultant, Accenture
  • Asset Distributor, Universal Music
  • English Teacher, Primary School
  • Intern (Public Affairs), Science strategy company
  • Journalist, a business website
  • Operations Manager, Five UK
  • Research Assistant (Philosophy), a UK University
  • Film Production Assistant, Production company
  • Volunteer Development Support Officer, Diabetes UK

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