Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code R410
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Spanish Hispanic Studies

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The Admissions Tutor
Department of Hispanic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864

Department of Hispanic Studies

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National Student Survey 2016

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Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

Language training begins in the first year. If you have A Level Spanish, you'll take an advanced course that covers speaking, writing, translation and comprehension. If you don't have A Level Spanish, you will take a beginners' course, designed to bring you up to speed quickly.

First years also study social, political and cultural aspects of Spain and Latin America. Optional modules include Portuguese and Catalan.

Second-year modules explore literature, art, pop culture, society and linguistics. For example, you might study the politics of conformity in Franco's Spain and the cinema of the Hispanic world. Your language training continues, preparing you for your year abroad.

You will spend your third year working or studying in Spain or a Latin American country. Recent placements include internships at a corporate services firm in Panama, marketing and events in the Canary Islands and volunteering in Costa Rica. You could teach English in a Spanish school or study at a leading university.

When you return to Sheffield for your final year, you'll be confident, energized and inspired. Optional modules allow you to explore your own interests in more depth. For instance, you could take a module in translation studies, study the Spanish media or analyse films adapted from Spanish literature.

Modules: what you study and when

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*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *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).
  • 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.

Course information on Department of Hispanic Studies website

First year

Optional modules:

Catalan Beginners: Language and Culture
Catalan Beginners: Language and Culture
Portuguese Beginners: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Beginners: Language and Culture II
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II

Second year

Optional modules:

Cold War Culture
Conformity and Consensus in Spain
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Language at Work
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
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
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cold War Culture
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
History of the Spanish Language
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Questioning Spain
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Translation Studies
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 course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 62%
Placement 25%

Exams/tests 34%
Coursework 34%
Practical 32%

Department of Hispanic Studies

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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

In the modern global economy there's a huge demand for bilingual and multilingual graduates. And Spanish is the second-most popular language on the planet, after Mandarin Chinese.

Many of our graduates go into translating, teaching and interpreting. Others use their language as an ancillary skill in a business, government or non-profit environment. Some graduates opt for careers abroad in Spanish-speaking countries, while others choose to stay with us for postgraduate study.

Student profile

"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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