English Language and Spanish Studies

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code QR34
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

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    2nd for Linguistics

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2023)

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    3rd for French, German, Spanish, Italian

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

  • Joint 12th in the world for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings 2022)

This four-year degree is provided jointly by our Department of Linguistics and English Language and our Department of Languages and Cultures.

It’s a stimulating blend of academic study and hands-on experience gained through a year abroad, and you don’t need to have studied Spanish before as we offer an intensive course for beginners.

In Spanish Studies we aim to help you become truly fluent. We offer courses on Spanish and Mexican history, culture, politics and social background. You’ll also learn how the English language functions, studying traditional linguistic areas such as lexis, grammar and phonetics. In your second year, you’ll study core modules such as English Phonetics, Spanish language skills and Power and Resistance in Spain and Spanish America. You’ll also choose from options ranging from The Language of Advertising to Stylistics.

The aim of your third year, which is spent living abroad, is to deepen your intercultural sensitivity and your command of the language. You can study at a partner institution or may have the opportunity to carry out a work placement and practice your language skills in a real-world context. Staff members within the department will work with you to secure accommodation, and help ensure that you are ready for your year in Spain.

On your return to Lancaster, your fourth year allows you to develop your Spanish to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages C1/C2 levels. You can also choose to complete a dissertation on a topic you would like to explore in-depth. Given the size of the department, our academics will be able to supervise most topics that fit your interests.

Careers

Language study is not just about facts, but learning a range of skills in data management and analysis, the evaluation of evidence, and the synthesis and presentation of results. These are the kinds of skills that today’s employers value.

The jobs that our graduates are interested in include:

  • Journalism, media and publishing
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Translation
  • Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a foreign Language abroad)
  • Speech Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Management

Some of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics.


Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Spanish, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A in a foreign language. Native Spanish speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction accepted alongside appropriate evidence of language ability

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Languages and Cultures and what you'll study as a Languages and Cultures student.

Languages and Cultures subject guide
  • Degree structure

    Lancaster has a flexible approach to undergraduate study. Many degree schemes incorporate a minor in other subjects to complement your major subject.

  • International placement year

    Spending a year abroad is an integral and assessed part of our language degrees. We offer flexibility to split your time abroad between different activities.

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Careers and Employability

When you arrive in Lancaster, you might not have a plan for after you graduate, but when you're ready to take the next step, we're here to help you. Studying a language strengthens your written and oral communication competence, your organisational skills, your aptitude in analysing and synthesising information, your ability to contribute to discussions and suggest ideas, and your understanding of other countries and cultures in a global world.

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Linguistics and English Language and what you'll study as a Linguistics and English Language student.

Linguistics and English Language subject guide

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