BA

Spanish / English Literature

Key Facts

Code QR34
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course, and B in Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of Joint Honours schemes that allow you to study two subjects that best suit your interests. In choosing to study the English Literature / Spanish degree at Aberystwyth University you’ll immerse yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretical elements. In Spanish you will not only be equipped with a high level of linguistic competence through the core language modules, but will also acquire a sound knowledge of culture in the Hispanic world. Through your study of English Literature you will develop your critical and interpretive skills as you respond to language, form, genre and cultural and historical contexts.

Our course will provide you with advanced skills in reading, analysis, writing and presentation; all transferrable skills that are valued by employers in the current market. An additional advantage is that, when you graduate, you will have lived independently in a foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.

Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Spanish (NSS 2016)
Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of English (NSS 2016)

Department of English and Creative Writing: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

The English and Spanish degree at Aberystwyth allows you to explore the literary texts and cultures that fire your imagination, from the early medieval period to the present day. We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to language, literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship. The course will encourage you to read widely and to think critically about language, writing and its contexts alongside philosophical and political trends that impact upon the ways we communicate. We will also develop your powers of expression and communication in both speech and writing and provide you with opportunities to hone and refine your skills both as an independent learner and within a nurturing and structured learning environment. Consequently, in addition to essay writing, the presentation of seminar papers and active learning through participation in seminar and workshop discussions will be important parts of your work here. You will be taught by staff who are world-leaders in their fields of expertise. We provide research-led teaching of the highest quality and our academic support is routinely ranked as excellent in national satisfaction surveys. On this course you will encounter lecturers who are committed to communicating their knowledge, expertise and skills to the students they teach and support.

As you would expect from a major research establishment, the facilities available are excellent. We are located centrally on campus, in the same building as the University library which houses an excellent rare books collection and extensive holdings of contemporary scholarly editions and critical sources specifically selected to support our teaching. In addition we have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales on our doorstep. Referred to locally as “The national”, it is one of only five copyright institutions in Great Britain entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK. We are also home to New Welsh Review – Wales’ foremost literary magazine – and we offer exciting opportunities for our students to get involved in a whole host of writing, publishing and professional activities.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

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 Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

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.

Employability

Career Prospects

The degree in English Literature and Spanish equips graduates for a wide range of careers. Employers across a broad spectrum of sectors value our graduates for their communication skills, their ability to form persuasive, substantiated arguments and, their attention to detail. As traditional and respected subjects, English and Spanish guarantee a golden standard for any employment setting in which the written and spoken word are valued. This is why, our graduates succeed across the broadest possible range of career destinations, from broadcasting, journalism and publishing to teaching, the civil service, business, finance and beyond.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in English Literature and Spanish 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-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

Teaching & Learning

The course is structured to move students from a broad-based introduction towards a deepening knowledge of the subject and onto specialism and focus in the final year. You will learn about literature from the medieval period to the present, examining texts in relation to their historical contexts, aesthetic moments and as cultural artefacts. You will learn about literature from the medieval period to the present, examining texts in relation to their historical contexts, aesthetic moments and as cultural artefacts. Spanish is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year and in the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together. There is a wide range of option modules, all of them designed to consolidate your knowledge of the culture, language and society of the Hispanic-speaking world. As well as gaining and developing knowledge of literature across periods, genres and forms you will also study specialist subject modules that allow you to develop your own interests and to engage with current research and ongoing critical debates. Our course also allows you to explore literary theory – philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematise the ways we interpret and communicate.

Year abroad

Your year abroad, the third year of study of this four-year scheme, is organised by the Department of European Languages and our graduates usually describe it as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding features of their degree and the fact you have lived independently in a foreign country for a year gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers. Some students study at a university: within the Erasmus framework we currently enjoy special links with the universities of Cádiz, Córdoba, Lleida, Oviedo and Valladolid. Others work as an English assistant in a school or choose to be in other employment. There are various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad.

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB-ABB with B in English Literature, or English Language, or a combined English Literature and Language course, 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 Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall with 6 points in English Literature 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

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