BA Spanish (R400)

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UCAS code R400
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 Spanish

The Single Honours Spanish course at Bristol allows you to achieve a command of modern spoken and written Spanish to a high level of fluency and accuracy. It also allows you to study many original aspects of the society, culture, literature and linguistic history of Spanish-speaking countries across the globe.

You will develop a thorough understanding of the rich diversity of the culture in Spain and elsewhere in the Spanish-speaking world. As well as studying the literature and culture of Spain itself, you will cover the history, literatures and cultures of Latin America. We offer popular and imaginative options on sports writing, women’s writing and cinema.

You will spend year three on a study or work placement in a Spanish-speaking country.

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
  • Introduction to Hispanic and Latin American Studies
  • Introduction to the Study of Cultures
  • Two open units

Second year

  • Spanish Language
  • Five optional units, for example:
    • Social Conflict and Political Upheaval in Spain
    • Nationalism and National Identity in Argentina, 1810-1955
    • Race, Religion and Gender
    • Women’s Writing in Postwar Spain
    • From Frontiers to Football: Nations in Latin America

Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year

  • Spanish Language
  • Five optional units, for example:
    • Atlantic Cinema
    • Spain in Transition 1966-92
    • The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca
    • Hispanic Sociolinguistics
    • Conquest and Colonisation: Spanish America 1492-1700
    • Columbia: History and Culture since Independence
Further details about the course structure for Spanish

Typical offer for BA Spanish

(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 modern language A-level at grade B or above.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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Key information about this course

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