PG Non-Beginner Elementary Spanish HISP5029

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will consolidate and build on postgraduate students' existing knowledge of Spanish, reinforcing awareness of linguistic structures, both spoken and written.


Please see timetable information for Spanish Language 1 (Non-Beginners) HISP1009

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.


Equivalent to SQA Higher Spanish at Grade A or B (or Advanced Higher, or A-level or equivalent) and/or with the agreement of the Course Convener.

Excluded Courses

HISP5025 PG Beginner Spanish, HISP5024 PG Beginner Spanish (Early Exit), Spanish for International Mobility 3 and 4 LANGCTR1063, LANGCTR1064, LANGCTR1073




Assessed language exercises throughout semesters 1 and 2 - 25%

Oral Examination (10 minutes) - 25%

Written Examination (2 hours) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Reassessment of in-class language tests and other regular assessed exercises is not possible as this coursework is corrected and returned promptly to students. The School does not have the resources to create multiple versions of these various tests each year.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ consolidate students' existing knowledge of the target language;

■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at pre-intermediate level;

■ ensure that students are using language confidently and accurately at both A2 and B1 levels within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;

■ help prepare students to use the target language with ease in everyday situations and professional environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate pre-intermediate-level texts of a variety of styles in the target language;

■ speak with confidence and present ideas clearly in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using appropriate register, intonation, structures and idioms;

■ respond with confidence to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the main grammatical structures of the target language accurately and appropriately;

■ produce texts written in the target language that show an active command of vocabulary, grammar and idiom at a pre-intermediate level reflecting the work contained in the course materials.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75 per cent by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Students must sit the oral examination and submit a portfolio, which should be made up of approximately 1000-words of written work based on exercises to be agreed between the student and course convenor.