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Classical Studies and Spanish BA

UCAS code Q8R4
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length 4 years full time
Department Classics »
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures »

Taught by a variety of internationally recognised experts, the course combines study of the ancient world with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in Spanish language and culture.

If you are captivated by classical literature and philosophy and are keen to understand more about ancient history and classical archaeology, Classical Studies is ideal.

Classical Studies offers a great deal of choice in subjects related to the ancient world, immersing you in lots of aspects of ancient Greece and Rome – its literature, history, philosophy and archaeology – even its languages; Greek and Latin can be studied at whatever level you’re at and for one, two or three years.

As a student of Classical Studies you will be part of our Classics Department, where the quality of research that informs our teaching and a friendly, individual approach which shapes the way we guide our students combine to create an unbeaten academic experience.

  • The Department of Classics is a centre for excellence in both teaching and research, 98% of our research is recognized as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognized (REF 2014).
  • A thriving Classics Society contributes to the friendly and sociable atmosphere of the Classics department.

As a student of Spanish, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills, and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

You will be able to tailor your study of Spanish to suit your specific areas of interest, choosing from a fascinating multidisciplinary range including translation, literature, photography, drama, film and other visual arts from the sixteenth to the twenty first-century and from all the corners of the Spanish-speaking world.

Our language classes are taught in Spanish by dedicated language specialists, most of whom are native speakers; they will ensure that you gain valuable exposure to different varieties of Spanish. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying, in cities as diverse as Havana, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico, Seville and Salamanca, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture, and truly broaden your horizons.

  • We have three language pathways so whether you are a beginner, advanced or native-level speaker when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in Spanish: confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy.
  • Our research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).

Core modules

Year 1

Spanish: Spanish 1

This is your core Spanish language module in which you will develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. There are three hours of seminars per week well as a grammar lecture taught fortnightly. Teaching is done in small groups and conducted largely in Spanish. The module consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. You will take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice your presentation skills.

Spanish: Spanish 2

This is your core Spanish language module in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the Spanish language. It consists of a combination of textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in-situ exercises with homework revision; grammar work; lexical work and oral and listening work to develop lexical and communicative skills through the use of varied media such as the use of audio-visual aids, oral presentations and debates. Through oral practice you will have the opportunity to take part in group discussions and have the chance to develop and practice youyr presentation skills.

Spanish: Intensive Spanish 1

This is your core Spanish language module (beginners’ pathway). It is taught intensively in five weekly seminar hours. The first three hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and listening comprehension skills combining both in-situ exercises with homework revision that students will have prepared for the day. The fourth hour is reserved for oral practice, which happens in the form of debates, role plays or text commentaries. The fifth hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced.

Year 2

Spanish: Intensive Spanish for Beginners 2

This is an intensive course with four hours per week of contact in each term, plus an extra hour of oral practice. The first two hours are devoted to work on reading, writing and oral skills combining in-situ exercises with homework revision that you will have prepared for the day (usually a journalistic text). The third hour is reserved for the listening comprehension exercises which sometimes take place in language laboratories. The last hour is a grammar lecture in which new verb tenses and grammatical structures are introduced and subsequently put into practice during the next two hours of the following week.

Spanish: Principles and Practice of Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish

Classes will focus on a piece of Spanish or English from a literary or (quality) journalistic source. You will be required to draft an English or Spanish translation of it in preparation for the class, which will be spent discussing the relative merits of different versions. Some time will be devoted to vocabulary acquisition and the consideration of professional translations too.

Year 3

The third year of this degree programme will be spent abroad, either studying or working or both. It is usually expected that students will spend at least 9 months overseas, in countries where the native langauges match the languages the student is studying. Students studying two langauges will be expected to divide their time between two relevant countries, i.e. one for each langauge. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures will support students in finding a suitable study or work placement, but students are also expected to explore opportunities independently and the ultimate responsibility for securing such a placement lies with the student. Alternatively students may choose to enrol for courses at a partner university in the relevant country. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme; students on placement will be asked to complete assessed work which will be credited towards their degree, while in the case of those studying at a university, marks obtained for courses taken will be credited towards their degree. The same applies to the assessment of spoken language on return to Royal Holloway from the period of residence abroad.

Year 4

Spanish: Spanish 3

This is your core language module in Spanish, in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending Spanish. It is taught entirely in Spanish, and takes the form of a combination of formal grammar lectures and seminars focused on written and oral skills. The module concentrates on textual analysis and grammar consolidation, combining in situ exercises with homework prepared in advance; grammar work: theory and practice; lexical work. You will deliver presentations in Spanish and take part in debates. You will also refine your knowledge of aspects of contemporary Spanish by studying films, podcasts, news broadcasts and other audiovisual aids.

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Literature

Classical Studies: Roman Literature of the Republic

Classical Studies: Roman Literature of the Empire

Classical Studies: Individual and Community

Classical Studies: Greek History and the City State

Classical Studies: Key Themes in Roman History

Classical Studies: Introduction to Greek Archaeology

Classical Studies: Introduction to Roman Aracheology

Classical Studies: Introduction to Ancient Philosophy

Spanish: International Film 1 - Contexts and Practices

Spanish: The Birth of Film

Spanish: Introduction to Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish

Spanish: Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage

Spanish: Text and Image in the Hispanic World

Spanish: Culture and Society in Modern Spain

Spanish: Culture and Identity in Latin America

Spanish: Authors and Readers in 20th Century Spanish American Fiction

Spanish: Comparative Hispanic Culture

Spanish: Visualising Cuba - Text, Image and Representation

Year 2

Classical Studies: The Built Environment in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Pompeii and Herculaneum 

Classical Studies: Gender in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Greek History to 322 BC

Classical Studies: Greek Law and Lawcourts

Classical Studies: Augustus to Propaganda and Power

Classical Studies: The Roman Republic - A Social and Economic History

Classical Studies: The Rise of the Roman Empire - An Economic and Social History

Classical Studies: Homer (in Translation)

Classical Studies: Virgil (in Translation)

Classical Studies: Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Art and Power in Augustan Rome

Classical Studies: Virgil’s Aeneid - The Empire in the Literary Imagination

Classical Studies: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 1

Classical Studies: Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture

Classical Studies: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic

Classical Studies: The Roman Empire from Augustus to Commodus

Classical Studies: The Later Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Hellenistic Epic - Apollonius of Rhodes

Classical Studies: Imperial Greek Poetry - Epic and Epigram

Classical Studies: Greek Historiography

Classical Studies: Latin Love Elegy

Classical Studies: Catullus and Horace

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

History: Spain, 1898 to 1939

History: Spain - from Dictatorship to Democracy

Spanish: Principles and Practice of Translation, English into Spanish

Spanish: Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film

Spanish: Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel

Spanish: Twentieth Century Mexican Visual Arts and Film

Spanish: Religion and Society in the 16th and 17th Century Hispanic World

Spanish: Love in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel

Year 4

Classical Studies: Greek Erotic Poetry (in Greek)

Classical Studies: Hadrian's Wall

Classical Studies: Archaeology of Athens and Attica

Classical Studies: Gender in Classical Antiquity

Classical Studies: Alexander the Great

Classical Studies: Greek Law and Lawcourts

Classical Studies: The Roman Army

Classical Studies: The City From Augustus to Charlemagne

Classical Studies: Religion and the Ancient Greeks

Classical Studies: Greek Lyric, Eros and Social Order

Classical Studies: Nature and the Supernatural in Latin Literature

Classical Studies: Studying Ancient Myth

Classical Studies: Adventures in Greek Theatre with Iphigenia

Classical Studies: Ancient Greek Emotions

Classical Studies: Tacitus - The Making of History

Classical Studies: The Philosophy of Aristotle

Classical Studies: Body and Soul in Ancient Philosophy 2

Classical Studies: The Good Life in Ancient Philosophy 2

Classical Studies: Stoics, Epicureans and Sceptics

Classical Studies: Philosophy Under the Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Further Aspects of Modern Greek Language and Culture

Classical Studies: The Later Roman Empire

Classical Studies: Christians and Pagans from Constantine to Augustine, AD 306 to 430

Classical Studies: Beginners' Greek

Classical Studies: Intermediate Greek

Classical Studies: Greek Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Beginners' Latin

Classical Studies: Intermediate Latin

Classical Studies: Latin Language and Reading

Classical Studies: Intensive Greek

Classical Studies: Intensive Latin

Classical Studies: Greek Historiography

Classical Studies: Latin Love Elegy

Classical Studies: Catullus and Horace

Classical Studies: Greek Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Greek Verse Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Prose Composition

Classical Studies: Latin Verse Composition

Spanish: The Gothic Mode in Spanish and English Fiction

Spanish: Advanced Literary Translation from Spanish to English and English to Spanish

Spanish: Contemporary Mexican Cinema

Spanish: Spanish American Literature - An Overview

Spanish: Seducing The Nation - Spanish Cinema 1940s to 1980s

Spanish: Conflict in 20th Century Latin American Literature and Culture

Spanish: Journeys of Discovery in Twentieth Century Spanish American Literature

Spanish: Dissertation

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 14 course units at the rate of four per year in years 1, 2 and 4, and two units during the year abroad. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice.

You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and individual tutorials, depending on the subjects studied. Outside classes, you will undertake group projects and wide-ranging but guided independent study, including completing language exercises and reading prescribed and open material. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources and the University’s comprehensive e-learning facility, Moodle. When you start with us, you are assigned a Personal Tutor to support you academically and personally.

In your final year the Classics department provides ongoing support for your dissertation work, which usually includes:

  • Lectures and practical sessions on Dissertation Research Methods e.g. planning your topics, carrying out research, using specialist resources, finding information in print and online, and managing your search results and references. These sessions are run in conjunction with the Library Service and are generally also open to second year students.
  • Short departmental writing ‘surgeries’, in which academic staff offer general writing support if you are experiencing problems and/or if you have specific queries.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examinations. Coursework includes essays, language exercises, translations and reports. In Italian, oral presentations and computer-based tests are used in some course units to assess grammar and comprehension skills. You can, to some extent, choose course units which suit your own assessment preferences. 

 You will take a study skills course during your first year, designed to equip you with and enhance the writing skills you will need to be successful in your degree. This course does not count towards your final degree award but you are required to pass it to progress to your second year.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels AAB-ABB
 

The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic
     achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is 
    being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Preferred subjects: any Arts or Humanities A levels

Required: At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English 

Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including an essay-based subject with a minimum of 32 points overall 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a related subject 
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a related subject plus one A level grade B 
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction plus A levels grades B, B 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate -  Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate 
Scottish Advanced Highers AB plus Higher Level requirements including an essay based subject  
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements including an essay based subject  
Irish Leaving Certificate H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including an essay based subject   
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass in a relevant subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in a relevant subject area. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education 

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here 

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and pre-sessional English language courses, allowing students to further develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

Our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation. 

Choosing a joint honours degree which combines a modern language with a classical subject gives you the best of both worlds through an increased skillset and access to a wider variety of employment opportunities.

For linguists, Britain’s increasingly globalised economy and labour market make a knowledge of languages a great professional asset both in the UK and abroad. By including a modern language into a classical degree has enabled graduates to pursue careers in different language-related fields including international management, consultancy, sales and marketing, media and publishing, banking, the arts, politics, the Civil Service, teaching, travel and tourism, translating and interpreting.

Studying for a Classics based degree involves analysing the cultural, social and political context of the ancient world.  By choosing to study this intellectually demanding discipline you will develop a broad range of skills which are highly prized by employers, including:

  • the ability to communicate views and present arguments clearly and coherently
  • the ability to critically digest, analyse and summarise content
  • time management and the discipline to meet deadlines
  • organisation and research skills
  • problem-solving skills and capability

Being able to understand and process complex issues, to critically evaluate resources and construct coherent arguments both verbally and in writing is why many Royal Holloway classicists become employed in law, marketing, publishing, the media, government and finance. Employers like Channel 4, multinational law firm SJ Berwin, The Guildhall (City of London), accountancy firm KPMG, the Natural History Museum, Customs and Immigration, London Advertising, Broadstone Pensions and Investments and the Armed Forces have all recently recruited Royal Holloway alumni from the Department of Classics. 

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000

Other essential costs***: The cost of your year abroad will vary by country. Typical living costs to consider will be accommodation, food and household items, entertainment, travel, books and bills (including your mobile phone). You'll also need to budget for travel to and from your country of study. Additional costs compared to studying in the UK will also depend on personal choices and it is important to research the cost of living before the year commences.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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