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Key Facts

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  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 104

  • Course Length

    4 Year

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In choosing to study the History with Spanish degree at Aberystwyth University you will combine two valuable subjects. You will immerse yourself in a broad range of historical periods, and gain an understanding of how and why the world has evolved the way it has. This course is student-focused and you will be able to build on your existing knowledge of history whilst pursuing what fundamentally interests you. Our History graduates are sought by employers for their highly-developed research, analysis, teamwork and communications abilities.

It will also provide you with a thorough understanding of the Spanish language, and a deep understanding of the literature and culture. You will benefit from the experience and enthusiasm of the expert staff in both departments. You will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of French Studies (NSS 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Iberian Studies (NSS 2021)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of History (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)

Overview

 Why study History with Spanish at Aberystwyth University?

  • History at Aberystwyth has been taught since 1872, making our department the most established and the foremost in Britain.
  • Teaching in the Department of History and Welsh History is innovative, research-based and designed to develop your transferable skills in areas such as analysis, interpretation and communication. This prepares you for a wide range of careers.
  • Our subject specialisms enable you to follow your historical interests from the medieval period to the present day, ranging across four continents, and embracing political, social, economic and cultural history.
  • As well as learning about the past, you will actively engage in the process of developing new understandings of history. By studying primary sources and working closely with our lecturers, you will be contributing to our research community.
  • As an Aberystwyth History student, you will have plenty of opportunity to get 'hands-on' experience and access to the world-class resources that are available in Aberystwyth. These include the National Library of Wales - one of the five Copyright Libraries of the UK and Wales’s leading archive repository. 
  • From the beginning of your degree, you will receive 4 hours of language work per week within the Department of Modern Languages. This includes reading/writing, aural, listening and translation. These four areas of linguistic development will provide you with a solid foundation from which to increase your fluency competencies in Spanish.
  • This degree is also available to you if you wish to study Spanish as a beginner. At beginners level and in your first year, you will be taught differently from the students who are entering the course at an advanced level (A level or equivalent). You will receive intensive language classes bringing you to the same linguistic level as our advanced students. In your second and final year, you will continue the course with the advanced students.
  • In addition to linguistic classes, you will have the opportunity to study core and optional modules within the Department of Modern Languages in a broad range of topics, from literature and culture, to language, politics, and business.
  • As a vibrant, international university, we attract students from all corners of the world. Many of the staff who will teach you are native Spanish speakers. We also teach most of our modules and classes through the target language, which means that you will have a broad exposure to the target languages that you are learning.
  • The highlight of this degree for all of our students is the year abroad. You will be required to spend your year abroad (your third year) in Spain or a Spanish speaking country. Some students opt to spend their time studying with one of our partnered universities. Others have spent their time undertaking a paid or unpaid work experience. Find out what your options are by visiting our page Modern Languages - Where can I go?
Our Staff

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.

Staff in the Department of History and Welsh History are active researchers and experts in their field of History. Most are qualified to PhD level and hold PGCHE. To find out more about our staff visit, please visit our departmental staff page.

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
Making History * HY20120 20
Spanish Language SP20130 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Cuban Cinema of the Revolution: Crisis, National Identity and the Critique of Contemporary Society SP27020 20
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
Language of Business and Current Affairs 1 SP20310 10
Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP25020 20
Spanish American Cinema SP26120 20
Spanish Cinema ii: New Tendencies SP25220 20
The Spanish Avant-Garde SP20010 10
American History skills module HY25020 20
Crime and Daily Life in Early Modern England and Wales HY22320 20
Exploring Nineteenth-Century Exhibitions HY24620 20
Heritage Skills HY23320 20
History as myth-Making: the 'Myth of the Blitz' HY23420 20
Image Wars in Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda HY23720 20
Writing about war in high medieval Scandinavia c.1050-1264 HY22920 20
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY26920 20
Asian Migration in the Modern World HY27220 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY28520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH23420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY29320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY25820 20
Famine in Medieval England HY25520 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY29220 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY28420 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY20420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY27520 20
Modern American History HY28320 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY28620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY29720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY22020 20
The European Reformation HY26520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY26320 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY29420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY27320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY20920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH20120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH23520 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits HYS0060 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
Cuban Cinema of the Revolution: Crisis, National Identity and the Critique of Contemporary Society SP37020 20
Dissertation EL30120 20
Extended Essay Module EL30510 10
Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120 20
Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP35020 20
Spanish Cinema ii: New Tendencies SP35220 20
Traducción al español SP39910 10
An Age of Empire: Britain and Ireland, 1850-1914 HY36920 20
Asian Migration in the Modern World HY37220 20
Between Revolution and Reform: China since 1800 HY38520 20
Crime, Riot and Morality in Wales 1750-1850 * WH33420 20
Culture, Society and the Victorians HY39320 20
European Society and the Medieval Mind 1200-1500 HY35820 20
Famine in Medieval England HY35520 20
From Poor Law to Welfare State: Poverty and Welfare in Modern Britain, 1815-1948 HY39220 20
From the Second Empire to the Third Reich: Weimar Germany 1914-1933 HY38420 20
Knighthood and Chivalry in high medieval England, 1066-1300 HY30420 20
Media and Society in Twentieth Century Britain HY37520 20
Modern American History HY38820 20
Science, Religion and Magic HY38620 20
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825 HY39720 20
The British Isles in the Long Eighteenth Century HY30120 20
The European Reformation HY36520 20
The Great Divergence: Europe and Asia, c.1300-c.1800 HY36320 20
The Nazi Dictatorship: Regime and Society in Germany 1933-1945 HY39420 20
The Rise of Modern Medicine, c.1750-2000 HY37320 20
The Tudors: A European Dynasty? HY30920 20
Wales and the Kings of Britain: Conflict, Power and Identities in the British Isles 1039-1417 WH30120 20
Wales under the Tudors WH33520 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What opportunities exist after graduating?

Many of our students go on to teach the language they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the Department of Modern Languages is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

While many History graduates take up careers directly linked to their subject such as working in the fields of archives, heritage or museum management, others find employment in a wide range of related and non-related professional employment, including librarianship, records management, journalism, media, advertising, the legal profession, local government, business and finance, a range of jobs which incorporate research, professional writing, the police force, the military, public relations and personnel management. The research and analytical skills you will develop during your degree also provide a sound basis for postgraduate study and for a career in academia.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in History with 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
  • self-motivation and self-reliance
  • team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • research skills.

Learning & Teaching

 

What will I learn?

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

In every year you will take a core language module and a range of optional modules. The language module will cover oral, aural and writing skills. In the first year option modules may cover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilization
  • New Historical skills and concepts, and a comprehensive introduction to university-level study skills, through our Year 1 core module Introduction to History
  • European Film
  • New Historical periods, themes and subject areas, through our wide choice of Year 1 optional modules
  • Language, Culture and Identity in Europe.

In your second year you may choose from:

  • An independent research project
  • Specialised languages modules (language of business etc.)
  • The way in which the meaning, methods and writing of History have changed over time, through our year 2 core module Making History
  • Insights into the historian's craft, through practice-based seminar classes
  • A large choice of content modules on literature, film and art
  • Different topics and periods from our extensive list of year 2 optional modules
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages.

In your third year, you will study or work abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

In your final year, you can choose from modules such as:

  • Semantics and Lexicography
  • Two optional modules of your choice from the Department of History and Welsh History
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements
  • a special subject, in which you undertake in-depth research, using original sources and engaging with cutting edge scholarship
  • Spanish culture and film
  • Spanish current affairs
  • Your History dissertation, independently researched by you on a subject of your choice, supervised by an expert historian in the department
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages
  • Independent research project.

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching formats are used in class. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars you will be expected to participate in the discussion. 

You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam. 

The aims of the History syllabus are to communicate the variety and excitement of current approaches to the academic study of History, and to teach such key skills as information retrieval, interpretation and self-expression. You will be assessed by a variety of methods, including examinations, assessed essays, projects, presentations, and a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you.

The Department is committed to teaching through individual tutorials and small-group seminars alongside traditional lectures, and to delivering innovative and high quality teaching that will allow you to realise your potential, and to meet your learning expectations. Some preparatory reading in advance of your seminars will enable you to fully engage in the more detailed discussions and sharing of ideas that take place, and the small numbers of students in each seminar group means that you will receive a lot of attention from the lecturers. The one-to-one tutorial gives you the opportunity to receive individual attention and useful feedback from your lecturer on the coursework that you have submitted. Coursework will develop your capacity to research, analyse and present an argument clearly and coherently, while seminars will help you hone your presentation skills.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 104

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Spanish at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Spanish

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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