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Spanish & Portuguese with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Study Spanish and Portuguese languages as well as Hispanic and Lusophone cultures, taught in the heart of London. At King’s we see Spanish and Portuguese as global languages and our department is active in all fields of Hispanic and Lusophone studies. We offer an unrivalled variety of topics for study, from the medieval to the contemporary, on literature, linguistics, art, history, popular music, film, theatre and translation. The degree accepts applications already familiar with Spanish or Portuguese, or complete beginners in one of the languages. You will be based in London for your studies, whilst the year abroad is normally split between Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking countries.

Key benefits

  • Our courses are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment, where Spanish has been taught since 1831.
  • The department of Spanish is currently ranked 6th in the UK (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).
  • Our wide range of modules cover language, literature, history, film, visual arts, music, from the Middle Ages to our present day.
  • The King’s College London library provides all the resources you need, including the most complete collection of material on Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa available in any UK university.
  • Our central London location offers you access to the wealth of London’s research institutes, cultural centres and events.
  • The year abroad requirement helps you become fluent speakers and enhance your awareness and experience of cultural difference.
  • We have exchanges with a number of Spanish-speaking global partner universities, and the opportunity to undertake an internship/work placement in a Spanish-speaking or a Portuguese- speaking environment (typically sourced by students themselves).

  • We expect and enable you to take an active role in all aspects of your education, help you become independent, lifelong learners, participating fully in department life through student societies and the Student-Staff Liaison Committee.

 

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 T710

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 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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Description

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Spanish and Portuguese languages, as well as Peninsular, Spanish American and Brazilian literatures and cultural histories from the earliest times to the present day. Beginning with the module Global Iberias in first year, we will give you a broad introduction to the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds, and you will explore a broad range of topics covering literature, history, film, music and visual arts from the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.

In your second and final year, you will further develop your interests through a variety of optional modules. The required language modules each year will help you deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study, and enable you to graduate with near native fluency.

Your year abroad will be split between Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries and will support your progress towards fluency as well as providing an immersion into the cultures of your host countries. We have exchange arrangements with a number of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking partner universities. Your year abroad also offers the opportunity to undertake an internship or work placement.

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 leading academics who are experts across a wide variety of fields. As you progress, you will be able to pursue your particular interests and gain exposure to disciplines such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, Popular Music, 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 split between a Spanish- and a Portuguese-speaking country either in Europe or Latin America.

 


 

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

You are also required to take two optional modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Image: Visual Culture in the Global Iberias (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Hispanic Culture (15 credits)
  • From Frontier to Empire: Cultures in Contact in the Medieval & Early Modern Iberian Worlds (15 credits)
  • Music of the Lusophone & Hispanic Worlds (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core Spanish Language (30 credits)
  • Core Portuguese Language (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You are required to take two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional Spanish modules which 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)
  • Language Acts and Worldmaking in Medieval and Early Modern Spain (15 credits)

In addition, choose a further two optional Portuguese modules (totalling 30 credits) from a list which may typically include:

  • Fatherlands: Spain and Portugal under the Dictators (15 credits)
  • Nineteenth-Century Fiction in Brazil and Portugal (15 credits)
  • Visuality, Literature and Modern Life in Latin America (15 credits)

Year 3

Your third year will be spent abroad, normally for one semester in a Spanish-speaking and one in a Portuguese-speaking country. If you choose to study, then we have an extensive list of partner institutions which you may attend, which currently include:

Spanish institutions:

  • 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)

Portuguese institutions:

  • Lisboa
  • Nova de Lisboa
  • Coimbra
  • Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Universidade Federal da Bahia
  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

 

Alternatively, you may choose to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme, or to undertake an internship or work placement in a Spanish or Portuguese-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

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core Spanish Language IV (30 credits)
  • Core Portuguese Language IV (30 credits)
Optional Modules

You are also required to take up to two modules (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional Spanish modules, 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)
  • Catalan Culture (15 credits)
  • The Writer and the Public: Journalism in Spain (15 credits)

In addition, choose up to two more (totalling 30 credits) from a range of optional Portuguese modules, which may typically include:

  • Brazilian Poetry and Song: 1958 to the present (15 credits)
  • Lusophone African Literature II: The Postcolonial Experience  (15 credits)
  • Peripheral Europeans: Modernity, Traditionalism and National Identity (15 credits)
  • Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas, 16th-20th Centuries (15 credits)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore modules 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) and Portuguese (except for applicants to the ab initio Portuguese pathway)

Applicants may only study one language at ab initio level

Preferred subjects

French or Italian

Further information and other requirements

Please note, applicants may only study one language at ab initio level
A-Level  AAB 

Standard pathway: AAB including Spanish at grade A and Portuguese at grade B.

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: AAB including Portuguese at grade B.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: AAB including Spanish at grade A.

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.

Alternatively, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes. The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Standard pathway: Access to HE Diploma.

In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in Spanish, or, take the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) AND A-Level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE).

Spanish ab initio pathway: Access to HE Diploma.

In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE). Applicants may only study one language at ab initio level.

Portuguese ab initio pathway: Access to HE Diploma.

In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in Spanish, or, take the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2). Applicants may only study one language at ab initio level.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Standard pathway: D3 D3 including Spanish at grade D3 and an A-level in Portuguese at grade B.

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: D3 D3 including an A-level in Portuguese at grade B.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: D3 D3 M2 including Spanish at grade D3. 

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered. Alternatively, if you do not have 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. If you do not have academic study of Portuguese, the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

If offering either of these language proficiency tests, you must provide a Pre-U principal subject or suitable equivalent in place of the required subject.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

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

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade B in Portuguese.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes. The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

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

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade B in Portuguese.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes. The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

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

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade B in Portuguese.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Spanish.

Alternatively, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes. The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Standard pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and grade A in Advanced Higher Spanish plus an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE).

If offering the CEPLE-Bras, DEPLE, DIPLE, DAPLE or DUPLE, applicants will need to offer a second Advanced Higher at grade B.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have 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.

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and A at Advanced Higher plus an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade B in Portuguese, or, take the Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE).

If offering the CEPLE-Bras, DEPLE, DIPLE, DAPLE or DUPLE, applicants will need to offer a second Advanced Higher at grade B.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Spanish.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have 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.

Applicants may only study one language at ab initio level.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Standard pathway: Including three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Spanish at HL6 and Portuguese at HL5. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Spanish Ab Initio pathway: Including three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Portuguese at HL5. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Portuguese Ab Initio pathway: Including three Higher Level subjects at 665 including Spanish at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Alternatively, the Diploma de Español (Nivel Superior - B2) may be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Spanish, if taken through the Instituto Cervantes. The Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (CELPE-Bras) at grade intermediate or higher or the Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) or higher (DIPLE, DAPLE, DUPLE) may also be accepted as evidence of proficiency in Portuguese.

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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