BA Hispanic Studies (RR45)

2016 entry

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UCAS code RR45
Application method Full time: UCAS/Common Application
Part time: Apply direct to the University
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Part-time study 6-7 year(s) part-time
Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad
Number of applications for 2014/15 1076
Number of places for 2016/17 256

About BA Hispanic Studies

With interactive language-learning in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan, and a diverse range of units covering history, literature and cinema, Bristol’s Hispanic Studies programme will give you a global perspective on the cultures of hundreds of millions of people.

This course allows you to combine the study of Spanish with Portuguese, which can be studied from beginner level, and Catalan from year two. You will divide your third year between residencies in a Portuguese-speaking country and Catalonia (for Spanish and Catalan).

Our degree builds on many aspects of the history, literature and culture of Portugal, Spain and Latin America. Literature and cultural units enable you to improve your language skills through reading modern representative texts and viewing films while giving you a taste of the cultural diversity of the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world.

Some optional units will also be available from a range offered by the School of Modern Languages.


More about Spanish

Find out more about studying Spanish at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Spanish Language
  • Portuguese Language
  • Introduction to Hispanic and Latin American Studies
  • Key Moments in Lusophone History and Culture
  • Techniques of Textual Analysis

Second year

  • Spanish Language
  • Portuguese Language
  • Catalan Language
  • Three optional units relating to Hispanic and Latin American literature, culture and history (for example: Re-making and Re-sexing Hispanic History; The Masks of Don Juan: Representations of the Legendary Figure in Spain, 1630-1930; Self and Nation in Lusophone Modernisms)

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Spanish Language
  • Portuguese Language
  • Catalan Language
  • Three optional units relating to Hispanic and Latin American literature, culture and history (for example: Memory, Nation and Lusophone Identity; Modern Culture and the Reworking of the Past; Hispanic Sociolinguistics; The Novels of Carmen Laforet)
Further details about the course structure for Hispanic Studies

Typical offer for BA Hispanic Studies

(including international A-levels)
ABB including Spanish
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
BBB including Spanish
IB Diploma 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level Spanish
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 in Higher Level Spanish
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
BTEC DDM plus grade B in A-level Spanish*
SQASH: AABBB and AH: AB including Spanish
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB77% overall with 8 in Spanish
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:no specific subjects required.
Academic qualifications*All applicants should show a proven capacity for language learning, usually with A-level Spanish at grade B or above.

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  • 12 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.


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