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BA Hispanic Studies

University of Bristol
Program overview
4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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Program description

BA Hispanic Studies

Expertise in modern languages has never been more important as the United Kingdom forges a new relationship with its European partners and seeks to develop its trading and cultural ties throughout the world. The University of Bristol is a thriving and dynamic centre for the study of modern languages and cultures.

With interactive language learning in Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan and a diverse range of units covering history, literature and cinema, Bristol's BA Hispanic Studies will give you a global perspective on the cultures of hundreds of millions of people.

You can combine the study of Spanish with Portuguese, which can be studied from a beginner level, and Catalan from year two. You will divide your third year between a Portuguese-speaking country and Catalonia (for Spanish and Catalan).

Our degree covers many aspects of the history, literature and culture of Portugal, Spain and Latin America. Literary and cultural units enable you to improve your language skills through reading modern representative texts and engaging with films and digital media while giving you a taste of the cultural diversity of the Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan-speaking worlds.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following

A-level Standard offer

ABBincluding B in Spanish

A-level Contextual offer

BBCincluding B in Spanish

International Baccalaureate Diploma Standard offer

32points overall with 16 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Spanish

International Baccalaureate Diploma Contextual offer

29points overall with 14 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in Spanish

Cambridge Pre-U offer

Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.

Access to HE Diploma offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Humanities) with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, and demonstrate proven capacity for language learning, usually through B in A Level Spanish.

BTEC offer

DDM plus B in Spanish at A-level

Scottish Qualifications Authority offer

Advanced Higher: AB including Spanish, and Standard Higher: AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate offer

Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.

European Baccalaureate offer

77% overall, with 8.0 in Spanish

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Program content

Year 1


  • Spanish Language (Post A level)
  • Critical Concepts in the Study of the Hispanic World
  • Portuguese Language
  • Key Moments in Lusophone History and Culture
  • The Making of the Hispanic World, from 1492 to the present day


  • Portuguese Language - Post A Level
  • Comparative Literature: What is it and how can we practise it?

Year 2


  • Spanish Language
  • Portuguese Lang for Joints/ML
  • Catalan Language (Elementary)


  • Republic, War and Dictatorship in Spain, 1931 - 1975
  • Women's Writing in Post-War Spain
  • Languages of the Iberian Peninsula
  • Images of Power in Lusophone Culture
  • Woman and Nation

Year 3


  • Year Abroad TB-1
  • Year Abroad TB-2

Year 4


  • Spanish Language for Hispanic Studies, School of Modern Languages and Joint Degrees
  • Portuguese Language for School of Modern Languages and Joint degrees
  • Catalan Language (follow-on)


  • Political Comedy, Social Tragedy: Protest and Conflict in Spain, 1875-1923.
  • The Theatre of Federico Garcia Lorca
  • The Novels of Carmen Laforet
  • The Spanish Civil War, 1936 - 1939
  • History of Latin America's Indigenous People
  • Hispanic Sociolinguistics
  • Dictatorships, prisons, and writing(s) in the Portuguese and Spanish-speaking worlds

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

6-7 year(s) part-time

Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Full time: UCAS
  • Part time: Apply direct to the University

Tuition fees

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year

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University of Bristol

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University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol

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