Spanish and History BA (Hons)

This joint honours course enables you to explore various periods and themes in history, as well develop a high level of expertise in spoken and written Spanish.

Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning that allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.

Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Spanish. You will master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.

In Spanish, you can study a wide range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts. These include comprehensive first-year modules on "Spain and Latin America from 1492 to the present", "Contemporary Spanish narrative and culture", "Culture and revolution in modern Latin America" and "Testimonial writing from modern Latin America".

The Department of History's expertise covers a wide range of geographies and periods. Your first year acts as an introduction and will help you to identify your particular areas of interest. You will discover a thousand years of history whilst experiencing all the specialist areas on offer at the University of Reading, including Britain, Europe, Russia, Africa, America, the Middle East and South Asia. You can explore people, politics and revolution and we will teach you the skills you need to truly study and research history.

An integral part of the course is the opportunity for you to spend up to a year in a Spanish-speaking country, either studying at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme, undertaking a work placement or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. It allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and develop your knowledge of Spanish at the same time. The core language module in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.

We provide accelerated learning in Spanish, meaning that you can start from beginner's level if you have not studied the language before. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken Spanish by your final year.

BA (Hons) Award
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration
RV41 UCAS Code

Entry Requirements For This Course

Typical offer: ABB–BBB including History, Medieval History, Ancient History, or Classical Civilisation.

Beginner's Spanish: grade B (6) in GCSE Modern Foreign Language.

Intermediate Spanish: grade A (7) in GCSE Spanish.

Advanced Spanish: grade B in A level Spanish.

International Baccalaureate: 30–32 points overall including 5 in both Spanish and History at higher level.

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