Hispanic studies embraces the study of the languages, literatures and cultures of Spain, Portugal and the wider Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world, with particular emphasis on Spanish America and Brazil. For this degree you will study both Spanish and Portuguese as core languages.
You will immerse yourself in the Hispanic languages and culture, spending time abroad in both a Portuguese- and a Spanish-speaking region before you take up Honours in Hispanic Studies.
The course you study in first year depends on how much Spanish you have studied before. If you have an SQA Higher or A-level in Spanish (grade A or B), you can opt for the Level-1 Language and culture course. This will build on your knowledge of Spanish and reinforce your awareness of linguistic structures, both spoken and written. On the cultural side, you will study a number of key genres (eg narrative, film, poetry, drama) and study texts and films in Spanish.
If you are a beginner or near-beginner in the language, provided that you have some previous successful language learning experience, you can take the Level-1 Beginners course, which will provide an intensive foundation in reading, writing and speaking Spanish. If you perform well on this course, you can progress to second year and beyond.
Portuguese is available as a Level-1 course for beginners which may be taken in year 1 or 2.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
The first-year Language and culture course leads to Spanish 2, which extends and develops your linguistic skills and builds your knowledge of Spanish culture through the study of further texts and other cultural forms. Students progressing from the first-year Beginners course normally study additional Level-1 cultural materials alongside the Level-2 course.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
It is essential that you spend your third year abroad to gain admittance to Honours. If you spend your year in a Spanish-speaking country then you would normally spend at least the last three months of the second semester of your fourth year in Portugal. If you spend your year in a Portuguese-speaking country then the shorter period would be spent in Spain.
Years 4 and 5
If you successfully complete the Hispanic Studies courses in first and second years, you may progress to Single Honours Hispanic Studies. You will take both Spanish and Portuguese as core languages. You will tailor the remainder of your studies to meet your own particular interests, mixing Spanish- and Portuguese-based topics.
Excellent audio-visual and IT facilities are available to support both the language and the wider cultural aspects of the course.
At all levels, elements of tuition are given by native-language speakers.
The two most common ways to take the year abroad are to work as a language assistant in Spain or South America on a placement arranged through the British Council, or to go as an Erasmus or other exchange student to a university in a country of Spanish or Portuguese speech, which can include Brazil and Spanish America.
Graduates with qualifications in modern languages and cultures have gone on to pursue rewarding careers in business and commerce, marketing, media, teaching, translating and interpreting, and the civil service.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. Please note that Advanced Highers in subjects where grades A or B have already been attained at Higher will not be double-counted. English and a humanities subject/language at grades A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher AND another humanities/language Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.