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BA (Hons) Linguistics with Spanish

University of York
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

Program description

BA (Hons) Linguistics with Spanish

Study a language with an amazing global reach of over 400 million speakers. Combine the study of Spanish with investigations into the nature of language itself.

You'll be taught the language component of the course in Spanish, so you'll become confident using Spanish as a means of communication, and for critical thinking. You'll gain an understanding of Spanish culture and society which will underpin your abilities as a high-level communicator.

Your communication skills and intercultural understanding will be complemented by studying linguistics. In studying linguistics you will learn the science behind how we communicate. You’ll engage with the study of language on a conceptual level as well as the detailed level of linguistic data. The course has flexibility in terms of how much Spanish and linguistics content you study. Your knowledge and understanding of how a language works, and how it is used, will give you a solid foundation for many careers.

Admission requirements

  • A levels: AAB
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: DDD
  • Cambridge Pre-U: D3, D3, M2
  • European Baccalaureate: 80% overall average
  • International Baccalaureate: 35 points

Additional requirements

Ab initio or post-A Level routes

You can take the language part of this programme ab initio (i.e., from scratch, or with a qualification at AS Level or below), or you can study on a route designed for those who have an A level in this language.

Our language programmes are designed to develop fluency. For this reason we do not normally offer places to native or near-native speakers who wish to study their own language.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS: 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • PTE Academic: 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language): Grade C
  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency: 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
  • TOEFL: 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
  • Trinity ISE III: Merit in all components
  • Duolingo: 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

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Program content

Year 1

If you have studied Spanish to A level: you'll take two Spanish modules and four linguistics modules.

If you are taking Spanish ab initio (from scratch): you'll take three Spanish modules and three linguistics modules.


You'll take two 20-credit core modules in Spanish. These modules focus on developing your fluency, accuracy and communication expertise.

  • Spanish Language and Society I
  • Spanish Grammar

Ab initio Spanish

If you are taking Spanish ab initio, you'll take three 20-credit Spanish modules and three linguistics modules.

  • Ab Initio Spanish Language Skills
  • Ab Initio Spanish Language and Society
  • Ab Initio Spanish Grammar


You'll take three or four 20-credit linguistics modules depending on your background in Spanish.

  • Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
  • Introduction to Syntax
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Semantics

Year 2

You'll study six modules overall: two Spanish modules, two linguistics modules, and two more from a range of options.


You'll study one compulsory language module in Spanish.

  • Spanish Language and Society II

You will choose one more 20-credit module in Spanish from the following options:

  • Historical Memory in the Spanish-speaking World
  • Spanish & Latin American Culture Through Film


You'll study one core linguistics module.

  • Introduction to Language Acquisition

You'll study one 20-credit module, either:

  • Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology or
  • Intermediate Syntax

Option modules

You'll study two further modules in languages or linguistics, these can include one Languages For All module or an elective module offered by another department.

We can offer you unparalleled coverage of the field, with modules taught by world-leading academics in the core areas of syntax, phonetics and phonology, semantics, and sociolinguistics, and in sub-fields including second language acquisition, child bilingualism, and historical-comparative linguistics.

Year 3

You'll study six modules overall. You can choose from a range of options.

Language option modules (20 credits)

  • Translation: Methodology and Practice (Spanish)
  • Spanish & Latin American Culture Through Film
  • Latinos in the USA
  • Spanish Language and Society III
  • Independent Study in Spanish

Most linguistics modules require you to have taken certain modules in your first and second year. In some of these, you can choose to focus on a language of your choice. The list belows demonstrates some of the modules that are running this year:

Linguistics modules (20 credits)

  • Forensic Phonetics
  • Advanced Topics in Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language as Action
  • Multimodality: Language and the Body
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics
  • Neurolinguistics: Language and the Brain
  • The Linguistics of Consumerism
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Psycholinguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Phonological Theory: Clinical Data in English
  • The Structure of a Language: Modern Hebrew
  • English Place-names across Time and Space

Program delivery

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Tuition fees

  • UK (home) fees: £9,250 per year
  • International and EU fees: £18,350 per year


Transferable skills

  • Effective communication skills
  • Intercultural awareness
  • Critical thinking
  • Project management
  • Independent learning
  • Data analysis
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

Career opportunities

  • Marketing and communications
  • Publishing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Local government and public service
  • Business, finance and accountancy
  • Teaching
  • Translation and interpreting
  • IT and software development

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