BA (Hons)

Spanish and Mandarin Chinese

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  • UCAS code(s): RT41
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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If you've got two subjects that you really enjoy, or have career ambitions that demand a particular skill set, then a joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our course combinations are designed so that what you learn in one subject will complement and enhance what you learn in the other. In your final year you can choose either to split your time evenly between your two subjects, or to specialise in one. Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you too. Your second year of study is divided into two semesters that enables you to take part in optional work placements or go on international exchange.

By choosing Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of optional modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. If you’re passionate about language, culture and society, you’ll really enjoy this combination of subjects.

Levels of study

 BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level
SpanishYESYESYES
Mandarin ChineseYESYESYES

Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

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What you'll study

Spanish

Whether you’re coming to us as a complete beginner, or you’ve already studied Spanish to A-level, this exciting course will give you a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written Spanish. Throughout the degree we’ll explore Spanish and Latin American culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary Spanish and Latin American society. To further increase your career options you can take a final year module that develops translation and interpreting skills.

Mandarin Chinese

Chinese (Mandarin) is normally studied from beginner's level. You’ll study the Chinese language, country and culture through a range of lively options. This includes modules that explore Chinese history and literature, from the earliest times to present day.

You’ll achieve a high level of communicative skill, and to further increase your career options you can take a final year module to help you develop translation and interpreting skills.

Language resources

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest Spanish and Chinese  language films, computer-aided language learning software, course-related books, materials and periodicals.

This ensures that you will have a broad range of options to help you increase your language understanding.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Spanish Language One (Accelerated Beginners)

    This module will equip you with the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of real-life situations and to build language learning skills and other transferable competencies. You will experience rapid progress in the language, and you will gain a solid foundation speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Introduction to Hispanic Studies (Accelerated Beginners)

    Address issues and themes relevant to an understanding of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.

    Spanish Language One (Post A-level)

    Develop both your understanding of key issues in contemporary Spanish culture and society, and your key communicative skills in Spanish: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to Spanish Culture and Society (Post A-level)

    Study the key issues and events that have shaped Spanish culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century.

    Mandarin Language One (Accelerated Beginners)

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Introduction to Chinese Studies

    Study the key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Spanish Language Two (Accelerated Beginners)

    Develops your  fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Grammar will be consolidated and expanded, and essay-writing skills developed.

    Spanish Language Two (Post A-level)

    Enhance fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Develop the four language learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills, through such tasks as video analysis, summaries and translations, and oral debates and presentations.

    Mandarin Language Two (Accelerated Beginners)

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Mandarin Language Two (Post A-level)

    Enhance fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Develop the four language learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills, through such tasks as video analysis, summaries and translations, and oral debates and presentations.

    Spanish optional modules

    Introduction to Spanish Cultural Representations

    Study cultural representations of national identity, gender, class and race by looking at the work of Spanish and Latin American painters, musicians, writers and film directors.

    Introduction to Latin American studies

    Address issues and themes relevant to an understanding of contemporary Latin America.

    Introduction to Contemporary Spain (Accelerated Beginners)

    Study issues and themes relevant to an understanding of contemporary Spain.

    Languages at Work

    Languages at Work is a language-themed work placement module, involving a series of preparatory lectures / seminars, a placement with a local employer of at least 30 hours, and the production of a piece of writing reflecting on the experience.

    Mandarin Chinese modules

    Media, Representation and China

    Examine representations of China and Chinese cultural identities in different media forms that both reflect and construct contemporary Chinese society.

    Chinese Culture and Society

    Examine key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the early 20th Century focusing on the Cultural Revolution and economic reform.

    Languages at Work

    Languages at Work is a language-themed work placement module, involving a series of preparatory lectures / seminars, a placement with a local employer of at least 30 hours, and the production of a piece of writing reflecting on the experience.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in Spain, Latin America or China. Our partner Universities are found in Alcala, Avila, Leon, Madrid, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, Santiago in Chile, Beijing, Shanghai, and Yunnan.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Capstone Project

    A specialist research project, which develops in-depth skills in planning, self-reliance and organisation.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    If you unable to take the year abroad you will produce a Real-Life Work Project during your final year. This extended piece of research and writing equates to the capstone module (see above), but involves working closely with an organisation.

    Spanish Language Three

    The core language module, developing skills  in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Mandarin Language Three

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Spanish optional modules

    Culture and Society in 20th-century Spain: Cinema, Music, Text

    Explore the representation of gender and the nation in different Spanish cultural texts from throughout the 20th Century.

    Contemporary Latin American Society

    Examine the economic, social and political change in Latin America focusing on the impact of restructuring in the region since the mid-1970s.

    Translation in the Professional World

    Develop your ability to translate out of Spanish into English and learn what it is like to be a professional translator in a major international organisation.

    Mandarin Chinese modules

    Contemporary China

    Evaluate a wide range of contemporary issues in China including democracy and the Communist party, the media and the public and the impact of globalisation.

    Translation and Interpreting

    This module expands students’ language skills further, with the aim of enriching the employability aspect of the learning experience.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s Spanish courses are in the UK’s Top 20 for student satisfaction  (NSS 2017).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (32%) and practical (18%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (45%), written (40%) and practical (15%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (33%), independent study (67%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (70%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (26%), independent study (74%)

90% student satisfaction rate for Iberian Studies (NSS 2017).

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • critical analysis
  • the ability to work independently and in groups
  • time management
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

90% of our Chinese joint honours undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2015-16).

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level Spanish or Mandarin Chinese grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Pre-Masters and foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation or pre-Masters course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation and pre-Masters courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.


University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can book a place on this course via the NTU online store. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Apply now

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

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