Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RL42
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Spanish Politics Hispanic Studies Modern Languages

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Hispanic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864

Hispanic Studies

93% of our level three students agree that staff are good at explaining things
National Student Survey 2016

School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
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.

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

Throughout the course, your time is split roughly 50/50 between Hispanic studies and politics, including political analysis and comparative politics. Current optional modules include The New Politics of Latin America and Cuba in the Post-Bipolar Age.

Second-year modules in Hispanic Studies 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, energised and inspired.

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*
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
  • GCSE Maths grade 4 or grade C
  • 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
  • *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).
  • 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 Hispanic Studies website

Course information on Department of Politics website

First year

Core modules:

Analysing Politics

Optional modules:

British Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics
Introduction to Global Political Economy
Introduction to International Relations
Introduction to Western Political Thought
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

Core modules:

Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules:

Comparative Politics: Citizens, States, Power, and Protest
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary Security Challenges
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
International Relations Theory
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Never Mind the Ballots! State and Society in the UK Today
Political Theory in Practice
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism
The Politics and Government of the European Union
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:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact
History of the Spanish Language
Justice in World Politics
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Realism
Political Theory in An Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Popular and Physical Culture in the Hispanic World
Questioning Spain
Research Project 1
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In)Security
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Birth of Consumerism & Creativity: Germany & Britain
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Idea of the Modern in Latin American Fiction
The Making of the Modern Middle East
The Political Economy of Africa
The Politics of Asylum
Translation Studies
War, Peace and Justice
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 11%
Independent study 64%
Placement 25%

Exams/tests 26%
Coursework 48%
Practical 26%

Hispanic Studies

Jessop West building

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.

Hispanic Studies website

Department of Politics

We're one of the UK's top departments for politics research and consistently achieve high levels of of student satisfaction for our teaching.

Over 50 academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research. Their research shapes and inspires what you're taught, so what you learn is relevant today and tomorrow. You'll be taught by inspirational and world-leading lecturers, who bring passion to their teaching.

By studying with us, you'll develop the intellectual, personal and professional skills you need to excel in your chosen career.

Department of Politics 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

"The most exciting thing I've learnt about so far was where we did a module which compared the political systems of the UK, USA, France, Germany, Russia and Brazil."

Jonathan Guy

We have many year abroad options in Spain and Latin America, and are flexible in making arrangements to suit your interests. Our students are often accepted on placements with the British Council's language-teaching assistantship schemes in Hispanic countries.

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