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University of Southampton

Spanish and Portuguese (4 years)

UCAS Code: RR45

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

Typical Offer: AAB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A) Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including Spanish or Portuguese at D3 Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B..

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in Spanish or Portuguese Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages. Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H1,H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including Spanish or Portuguese Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese and A in one further A level Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A level Spanish or Portuguese Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

AAB from three A levels including Spanish or Portuguese (minimum grade A) or AA from two A levels including Spanish or Portuguese and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Students study accelerated Spanish or Portuguese language classes from beginner’s level and can reach up to degree level in both languages.

UCAS Tariff

136

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50%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Spanish studies

Portuguese studies

At Southampton you can develop your language skills and deepen your understanding of Spanish and Portuguese speaking societies and cultures.
We offer a wide range of courses in Portuguese and Brazilian studies, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. We are strong in several major areas of Latin American studies, in particular, cultural studies, sociolinguistics, history and politics. Latin American courses are available to all students who study Spanish and/or Portuguese, and you may choose to spend your third year in Brazil.
Modern languages and linguistics at Southampton is ranked fifth in the UK for the quality of our research (REF 2014). Teaching and learning is supported by three research centres, Transnational Studies, Global Englishes and Applied Language Research.

Modules

Optional modules may include: History and Politics of the Hispanic World; Narrative and Cultural Identity of
the Hispanic World; The languages of the Spanish-Speaking World; Introduction to the Portuguese-Speaking World; Power and Discourse in Spanish-Speaking Societies; Myths and Realities of Contemporary Spain; Gender, Race & Class in Modern Latin America; Culture and Society in Portugal & Brazil; Exploring Spanish Linguistics; Ethnography of Latin America; High, Popular & Mass Culture in Modern Spain and Latin America; Exiles, Migrants and Citizens: Narrating and Documenting Displacement in Contemporary Spain; Barrios and Borders: Language and Identity Amongst US Latinos; Sex, Soap Operas and Female Dissidents: Representations of Women in the Hispanic World; Historical Memory in Modern Latin America; Transatlantic Crossings: Linguistic Variation in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America; Cultural Identity in the Portuguese-Speaking World; Encounters with Bodies in Lusophone Cultural Narratives

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,560
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Modern Languages and Linguistics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
Spanish studies
83%
high
Portuguese studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Iberian studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Iberian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Teaching and educational professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2015, nearly 1300 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish and the subject is seeing its popularity increase. About one in five got jobs overseas — often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in marketing, human resources, sales and project management. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Spanish studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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