Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code QR34
Duration 4 years
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Related subjects Spanish English Literature Hispanic Studies

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Course description

As a dual honours student you'll take half your modules in the School of English and half in the Department of Hispanic Studies. The many optional modules mean you can design your degree around your individual interests.

Studying for a dual or combined honours degree in Hispanic Studies and English encourages you to understand their influence on the world since the fourteenth century, right up to the present day.

Hispanic Studies gives you the opportunity to study Portuguese or Catalan, as well as Spanish. Both Hispanic Studies and English include the study of literature, cinema, philosophy and politics, and you can take creative writing modules too. Combining your studies in Hispanic and English cultures will encourage an internationalist understanding of these competing identities, empires, and cultures.

You'll develop your understanding of the European colonial influence on the Americas with the support of Americanists within both departments. Developing your knowledge of modern languages will encourage a greater depth and subtlety in your reading of literature, film and theatre, from whichever nation, in whichever era.

The dual or combined honours degree also allows you to study for a year in a Spanish-speaking country. Studying for a dual or combined degree with a modern language is a great way to distinguish yourself in the eyes of employers, and to open up whole new possibilities for your future life, close to home or further afield.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level modern foreign language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject with 16 units at Distinction + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
Scottish Highers + 2 Advanced Highers AABBB+AB typically including a modern foreign language and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language and typically including English Literature, English Language & Literature, or English Language
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants not presenting English Language, English Literature or English Language & Literature may still be considered where relevant interest and experience in the literary arts (including film or media) can be demonstrated. If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)
  • General Studies is accepted
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

School of English website

Course information on Department of Hispanic Studies website

First year

Core modules:

Studying Poetry
Studying Prose

Optional modules:

Celtic Languages and Literatures: an Introduction
Critical Contexts: Interpreting Literature
Darwin, Marx, Freud
Early American Literature
Early Englishes
Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English Literature
History of English
Hollywood Cinema
Introduction to Cinema
Introduction to Creative Writing
Practical Stylistics
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II
Studying Theatre: A History of Dramatic Texts in Performance

Second year

Core modules:

Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II

Optional modules:

Adaptation: Theory and Practice
America in the 1960s
Conformity and Consensus in Spain
Creative Writing Poetry 2
Criticism and Literary Theory
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Introduction to Middle English
Introduction to Modern Irish
Introduction to Old English
Literary Mad Scientists: From Frankenstein to Einstein
Love and Death: The Films of Woody Allen
Modern American Fiction
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Post-War British Realist Cinema
Promised Lands
Radical Theory
Renaissance Literature
Representations of the Hispanic World
Representing the Holocaust
Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
Secrets and Lies:Victorian Life-Writing
Shakespeare on Film
Storying Sheffield
The History of Persuasion
The Postcolonial Bildungsroman
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
Writing the Real
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
Intensive Beginners Portuguese I
Intensive Beginners Portuguese II
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II

Third year

Core modules:

Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV

Optional modules:

Adaptations and Transformation
Afro-American Literature 1: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
America and the Avant-Garde, 1950's-1990's
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Byron and Shelley
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cold War Culture
Contemporary Literature
Creative Writing Poetry 3
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Fin de siècle Gothic
History of the Spanish Language
Identity/ Crisis: Trauma, Narrative, Self
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Modern Literature
No Animals were Harmed in the Making of this Module: Animals in Film
Other Theatres
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Project Module
Questioning Spain
Romantic and Victorian Poetry
Romantic and Victorian Prose
Sex and Decadence in Restoration Theatre
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
The Brontës
The Idea of America
The Man Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock's Films
Translation Studies
War on Screen
Women Playwrights on the International Stage: 1880s-1930s
Writing Fiction
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 14%
Independent study 73%
Placement 13%

Exams/tests 28%
Coursework 56%
Practical 16%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

Department of Hispanic Studies

Learn with us and you won't just become fluent in Spanish. You'll be immersed in Hispanic cultures. Our degrees are about understanding the contexts that determine the way Hispanic communities think and act. This knowledge can be key to the success of many national and international enterprises.

You'll be stretched intellectually, learning in small groups with native speakers. Around a third of teaching time is devoted to developing your written and oral fluency in Spanish. And there's a huge range of options for combining Hispanic Studies with a second subject.

You'll build a close working relationship with your tutors. We use novel ways to inspire you, including filmmaking. Our student-run societies arrange regular social, cultural and sporting events. We also perform a Spanish or Latin American play and a Hispanic concert each year, in which staff and students participate.

Visits by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film directors and scholars play their part in maintaining a lively intellectual environment. We also hold regular research seminars that are open to all, in which both members of the department and invited speakers present the areas in which they research.

Department of Hispanic Studies website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile

"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke

"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion

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