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Spanish & Latin American Studies with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Our Spanish & Latin American Studies with a year abroad BA gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in all aspects of Spanish and Hispanic language, literature and cultural history at a world-class university in the heart of London. The department is especially strong in medieval and early modern studies, and modern literatures and cultures from Spain and Latin America. Our tradition of excellence in teaching and research provides an education for life, as well as the linguistic expertise and cultural awareness that are so much in demand in today’s job market.

 

Key benefits

  • Strengthen your career prospects with a highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking.

  • King’s has been teaching Spanish since 1831 and has one of the country’s most highly rated Spanish departments for teaching and research.

  • The Department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • This degree 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 year spent studying abroad offers you the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture and society and achieve language fluency.

  • Lively department social life through the student-run Hispanic Society.

  • In your first year you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In your second and third years, you will have the chance to take up more optional modules and focus your study on your areas of interest.

  • 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).

Key information

UCAS code R410

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Course detail

Description

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 wide range of modules will allow you to develop a broad understanding of the Hispanic and Lusophone world and to pursue your interests in more detail. Beginning with our first-year required module, Global Iberias, you will have a broad introduction to the Hispanic world. In this first year you will explore an unrivalled range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the second and final years you will explore a variety of topics through optional modules.

Our language modules will help you refine and deepen your linguistic knowledge, enabling you to graduate with near native fluency. Your year abroad will support your progress towards fluency and enable you to deepen your knowledge of Spanish language and culture. We have exchange arrangements with a number of partner universities around the world. Alternatively, you may choose to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment.

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. 

ASSESSMENT

You will be assessed through a combination of examination and coursework, the exact weighting of which will depend on your choice of modules. This allows you to develop different approaches to work and research.

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 through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America. The year abroad will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country, with opportunities to go to Spain or a Latin American country. 

 

Structure

Year 1

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

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits)
  • Global Iberias (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take four modules, totalling 60 credits, from a range of options, which may typically include:

  • Image: Visual Culture in the Global Iberias (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Spanish American Narrative (15 credits)
  • From Frontier to Empire: Cultures in Contact in the Medieval & Early Modern Iberian Worlds (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Hispanic Culture (15 credits)
  • Spain in the C20th (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Spanish Language II (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take six optional modules, totalling 90 credits, from a wide range of options which may typically include:

  • Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • The Study of Gender in Spanish American Literature & 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 & World-making in Medieval & Early Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Nationalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Spain in the World (15 credits)

Year 3

Your third year will be spent abroad. If you choose to study, we have an extensive list of partner institutions which you may attend, including:

  • Alicante
  • Cadiz
  • Carlos III (Madrid)
  • Córdoba
  • País Vasco
  • Pompeu Fabra
  • PUC (Chile)
  • Tec (Querétaro, Mexico)
  • Santiago de Compostela (Lugo Campus)
  • UNAM (Mexico)
  • Pacifico (Peru)
  • Salamanca
  • San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

You may also choose to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or to undertake an internship or work placement in a Spanish-speaking environment, allowing you to explore career prospects and fields of personal interest. You will arrange this yourself.

Required Modules
There are no required modules in year three.
Optional Modules
There are no optional modules in year three.

Year 4

Required Modules
  • Spanish Language IV (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Choose up to six modules, totalling 90 credits, from a wide range of options, which may typically include: 

  • Advanced Topics in Applied Linguistics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Catalan Language (15 credits)
  • Myth & Archive: 19th & 20th Century Rewritings on Colonial Latin America (15 credits)
  • Stereotypes in Modern Spanish Cinema (15 credits)
  • Key Terms & Points of View in Latin American Visual Arts (15 credits)
  • Journey through Spain: Travel Writing in Modern Spain (15 credits)
  • Sefarad: The Jews in Spain (15 credits)
  • Research Dissertation option (15 credits)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)
  • The Writer & the Public: Journalism in Spain (15 credits)
  • Comparing Romance Languages (15 credits)

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

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

A-Level  AAB 

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

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

Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in 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)  

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)  

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)  

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

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

Including 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 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £17,900 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, King's will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

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

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.

 

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