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Key Facts

Code QR34
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level and B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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If you want to study a course that is highly sought after by employers and that explores the widest possible range of literary texts and cultures with a superb choice from the early medieval period to the present day with the combination of developing your linguistic capabilities in Spanish, then this course at Aberystwyth University is for you. We enable our students to develop their powers of expression, critical thinking, and establish specialist knowledge and research skills in both subject areas. Students on this culturally enriching course will develop a detailed and broad understanding of literary history and applied knowledge of literary theory in combination with regular language classes in Spanish. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Learning that inspires- top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in the subject of English (The Complete University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times 2018)

Department of English and Creative Writing: 93% student satisfaction for the subject of English Studies (NSS 2018)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Languages graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study Spanish and English Literature at Aberystwyth?

  • Be part of  a University that endeavours to provide a student experience that is memorable and cherished. Aberystwyth University values its students and it is for this ethos that in the latest National Student Survey, the Department of Modern Languages has scored 93% student satisfaction and the Department of English & Creative Writing are ranked top 10 in the UK for the subject area of English (NSS, 2017). 
  • Students wishing to study Spanish can commence this course at beginners or advanced level. 
  • You will be taught by staff who are world leaders in their fields of expertise.
  • We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.
  • You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematise the ways we read.
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.
  • Both departments pride themselves for their exceptionally friendly atmosphere where contact with staff is regular. 
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.
  • The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved.
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published scholars from every field.
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Ancestral Voices EN10220 20
Critical Practice EN11320 20
Spanish Language (Beginners) SP10740 40
Spanish Language Advanced SP19930 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
American Literature 1819-1925 EN11220 20
Contemporary Writing EN10520 20
Greek and Roman Epic and Drama CL10120 20
Hispanic Civilization SP10610 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to Poetry WR10420 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Literature And The Sea EN11420 20
The Beginning of the English Language EN11520 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits ENS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment SPS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Spanish Language SP30130 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Actualidades * SP31410 10
American Literature in the Twentieth Century EN39420 20
Cuba in Revolution SP36020 20
Dissertation EL30120 20
Extended Essay Module EL30510 10
Haunting Texts EN30820 20
Literatures of Surveillance EN35320 20
Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120 20
Reading Theory / Reading Text EN30120 20
Remix: Chaucer In The Then and Now EN30620 20
Romance Linguistics EL30320 20
Romantic Eroticism EN30520 20
Spanish Cinema ii: New Tendencies SP35220 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2 IC31920 20
The Mark of the Beast: Animals in Literature from the 1780s to the 1920a EN31320 20
The Postcolonial Novel EN31920 20
Twentieth Century Welsh Writing in English EN30420 20
Undergraduate Dissertation EN30040 40
Victorian Childhoods EN30320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Career Prospects

A degree in English Literature and Spanish is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.

Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

  • Broadcasting;
  • Journalism;
  • Advertising;
  • Publishing;
  •  Education;
  • Civil Service;
  • Business;
  • Finance;
  • New Media.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in English Literature will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Effective problem-solving and creative-thinking skills;
  • The ability to work independently;
  • Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement;
  • Research skills.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

This degree will allow you to explore literature of all genres and from all periods within the context of the broadest possible interpretation of literature in English. You will become skilled in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts and you will engage with current critical debates.

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral

Written

Aural

Translation

In your first year you may discover:

  • New techniques for analysing literary texts;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • The founding moments of Spanish culture;
  • The Spanish language through film, culture and identity;
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your second year you may explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • Spanish literature;
  • History of Spanish art and film;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era),  or theme (such as “place”).

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

In the final year you may master:

  • Literary theory and the application of theoretical perspectives to literary analysis;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year dissertation project (on a topic chosen and defined by you);
  • Areas of the Spanish language which include: Literature, Business, Film;
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by researchers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, the early English novel, queer fiction, children’s literature, Romanticism, and much more. 
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

How will I be taught?

Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in English Literature and nurture your personal and intellectual development.

You will be assessed through essays, exams and oral presentation. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

Further information

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching texts; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject; and respond to any task with creativity, flair and style.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or pastoral issues. Your personal tutor will also be responsible for delivering tutorials that will help you in the development of key skills. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in any English-related A level and B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subjects

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 6 points in any English-related subject at Higher Level and with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
65% overall with 70% in specified subject and with 70% in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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