Learn more about the Spanish language, culture and society and share your passion for English with a degree designed to enhance, interrogate and challenge your understanding.
This degree enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining these two subjects gives your degree an international perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.
Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in Spain or Chile, or working in a Spanish-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.
By choosing English and Spanish you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. Many of our graduates are now pursuing exciting careers in different countries and regions around the world.
- Study Spanish from beginners, GCSE or Post A-Level.
- 94% student satisfaction rate for Iberian Studies (Spanish) at NTU (NSS 2018).
- NTU’s Spanish courses are ranked in the UK’s Top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2018).
- 97% of English joint honours graduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016 /17).
- 95% student satisfaction rate for English studies (NSS 2018).
- Our English studies courses are in the UK’s Top 10 for student satisfaction (NSS 2018).
- Take part in a language-themed work placement.
- Gain practical skills in translation and interpreting.
- Take a year abroad in Spain or South America.
- This course is offered as full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section.
What you'll study
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.
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-language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.
Our English degree combines a diverse curriculum with open-minded thought and a thriving arts scene. We offer expert teaching and the transferable skills which make English graduates so popular with employers.
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 Society and Culture (Post A-level)
Study the key issues and events that have shaped Spanish culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century.
Foundations in Literary Studies
This module provides the foundation for your studies. You’ll explore some of the most significant transformations that have taken place in the ways that texts are both written and read. The idea of 'great' English literature – indeed, even the idea of English literature – has been rigorously examined and vigorously contested in recent years, and this module considers some of the most important developments that have changed which texts we read and how we read them.
American Literature: Writing Self and Nation
This module introduces many of the authors, literary movements, and historical events that shaped American literature from the birth of the republic to the contemporary period. You’ll read writers such as Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, Walt Whitman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, F Scott Fitzgerald, or Tennessee Williams who call for a national tradition or assume the task of defining it.
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.
Spanish Language Three (Accelerated Beginners)
You will further develop your fluency in Spanish. You'll begin to develop analytical and critical skills and apply these to Spanish written and aural sources
Culture and Anarchy
This module explores the ways in which the tension between ‘culture’ and ‘anarchy’ has repeatedly surfaced as a driving force in the development of English literature, animating creative expression and shaping critical debate. Taking the broad historical period ranging from the late-nineteenth to the late 20th Century as its backdrop, the module focuses on a number of significant moments at which various understandings of ‘cultural’ and ‘anarchic’ activity have impacted upon the social landscape, and on literary texts themselves.
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.
English optional modules
Renaissance Literature, 1485-1660: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
This module explores the dramatic writing of the Early Modern period, concentrating on writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson and Middleton.
Throughout the module, you’ll become familiar with the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. You’ll also consider the critical responses to, and adaptations of Renaissance writing in our own time, whilst exploring the issues raised by Renaissance writing such as those of gender, sexuality or race.
British Women Writers between the Wars (1918-1939)
The years after the First World War saw historic changes affecting the social and economic lives of British women. For the first time women were granted the vote on the same terms as men, and the opening up of professions to women permanently shattered the Victorian ideal of womanhood as the ‘Angel in the House’. Newspapers and magazines of the period were full of images of the ‘modern woman’ who became an emblematic figure for modernity in the interwar years.This module will explore the ways in which a new generation of professional women writers represented women’s experiences of modernity across a range of literary texts written during the years between 1918 and 1939.
Romantic Revolutions 1780-18511780-1851 was a period of political, poetic and social revolution in Britain. By studying poetry and prose of the period, you’ll investigate how far revolutionary social and political change is reflected in the experimental themes and forms of Romantic writing, and the module will be attentive to the development from earlier to later Romantic writing.
During this module, you’ll study and produce writing in different genres, gaining knowledge of craft issues and learning how to apply them to many different forms.
American Topics: Landscapes and Cityscapes
American Topics engages in the focused analysis of the representation in American texts of a particular theme or themes. So, for instance, the module might focus on Writing Landscapes, and would concentrate on agrarian and urban landscapes within the American imagination, on region and landscape (e.g. New England literary culture or the South), and on the American sublime. If the focus is on African American Identities it would cover the history and heritage of slavery, the Harlem Renaissance and the literature of the Civil Rights movement.
Literature and Psychoanalysis
This module explores the relationship between literature and psychoanalysis, examining the way that psychoanalytic theory has reshaped our encounter with literary texts. Building on your understanding of the relationship between critical thinking and literary production and analysis, the module discusses the development of psychoanalysis from its origins to its application by contemporary literary critics. Reading a range of clinical, theoretical and literary texts, you will think about how different approaches to the human psyche have been understood and employed by different readers and writers in different places and at different times.
Voices and Visions
You'll be introduced to new writing specialisms with a particular focus on visual and vocal communication. Throughout this module you'll practice independent learning strategies and draft original creative work to enhance collaboration, research, editing and reviewing skills. You'll be taught how to combine information, think laterally and develop resonant visual and sonic narratives.
Examine poetry anthologies and develop skills in critical evaluation of poetry, editing and book construction. You'll work in groups to produce your own sample anthology.
Black Writing in Britain
Examine a range of literary texts by black writers written
In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in Spain or Latin America. Our partner Universities are found in Alcala, Avila, Leon, Madrid, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, and Santiago in Chile.
A specialist research project, which develops in-depth skills in planning, self-reliance and organisation.
The final year dissertation module enables you to undertake a sustained, single piece of independently researched work on a topic of your choice, under expert supervision.
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 Final
The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading.
The Creative Writing Dissertation
As an alternative to the critical dissertation, you may wish to do a creative writing dissertation. This alternative will enable you to study and participate in the practice of writing, with particular focus on the production of a long piece of individual creative work.
English and Creative Industries Project
As an alternative to the critical Dissertation or Creative Writing Dissertation, you may opt to undertake a project. The module will give you the opportunity to undertake project work in a small group, led by a project supervisor, and to produce a portfolio of critical and reflective writing. Working with an employer on a defined project you'll be able to put into practice the skills and knowledge gained over the course of their degree within a professional setting.
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.
English optional modules
Early Modern Poetry and Prose
This module introduces you to authors writing poetry and prose in the 16th and 17th Centuries. You’ll become familiar with some of the following literary genres: the sonnet, the epic poem, the epyllia, ‘metaphysical’ poetry, satire, political allegory and radical writing. The module will greatly expand contextual knowledge, and explore political and religious context, as well as the application of appropriate theoretical approaches (e.g. cultural materialism, gender theory).
Reading Gender and Sexuality
This module examines the politics and aesthetics of gender and sexuality in relation to the writing of 20th-century and contemporary literature. It historicises and submits to sceptical analysis central concepts in the period's conceptualisations of fixed gender identities and sexual identities. Key terms for analysis include: femininity, masculinity, androgyny, heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgender, ethnicity, and 'difference'. These are related to literary texts from a range of cultures and from four main periods: the early twentieth century, the mid-century, the period of the sexual revolution and the contemporary.
Postcolonial Texts: Narratives of Liberation
This module focuses on postcolonial texts (fiction, poetry and film) and considers the relationship between acts of representation and the politics of anti-colonialism and postcolonialism. It introduces you to the historical, political and cultural contexts of the postcolonial world, as well as to a range of texts produced in postcolonial societies.
Travel Writing: Texts, Contexts and Theory
Led by members of staff from our highly regarded Centre for Travel Writing Studies, this module provides an overview of travel writing. It examines criticism and theories of the genre (including arguments about whether it constitutes a genre at all). You’ll be invited to consider the relationship of travel writing to society and to other forms of literature, both canonical and non-canonical.
Gothic Rebels and Reactionaries
This module will begin by exploring Romanticism’s Gothic impulse, examining the rise of the Gothic Romance in the late eighteenth century, before investigating its development into the nineteenth century. Each week, the module will consider a key literary text from the period alongside a theoretical issue in order to establish a critical vocabulary from which to interpret and understand Gothic’s many manifestations.
Literature in Theory: Writing, Technology, and the World
This module aims to enable an advanced understanding of debates that have significantly reshaped literary and critical theory in recent years. Contemporary theory is now a very large and diverse field; focusing on specific issues and questions, this module will deepen your knowledge of literature and its cultural and social locations. It will consider how the concept of ‘literature’ and the practise of writing has been profoundly transformed by work that innovatively reshapes the relationship between writing, criticism, and subjectivity.
Modernism and ModernityThis module explores some of the central features of the many transnational movements of modernism, examining how the experimental qualities of modernist culture were conditioned by responses to changes in social and technological modernity.
Nuclear Literature: Culture in the Atomic Age
Introduces students to the literary and cultural impact of a key technology and the latest debates in the Nuclear Humanities. Engaging students with research being undertaken into this subject at NTU, the module considers the representation of nuclear technology and science in literary texts, as well as the questions raised for literature by the dawning of the nuclear age.
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.
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.
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.
- Year 1 coursework (67%), written (25%) and practical (8%)
- Year 2 coursework (83%) written (12%) and practical (5%)
- Final Year coursework (67%), written (28%) and practical (5%)
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 (29%), independent study (71%)
- Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)
- Year 3 placements (100%)
- Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
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 and a variety of IT skills. But you’ll also become more self-motivated, be able to work independently and in teams, and develop excellent time management skills.
- 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent); or
- BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM.
- 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.
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.
- For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
- If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.
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.
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.
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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!
Getting in touch
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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.
- For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
- For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
- For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.
Good luck with your application!
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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 on +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 at the University. 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.