By combining Music (75% of your course) with Spanish (25%) you will take Music as the major element of your degree alongside core Spanish language modules.
Studying Music at Royal Holloway allows you to tailor your studies to your own interests and passions.
We have expertise spanning traditional, modern and world music. Through studying musical texts, practices, cultures and institutions you will explore issues in history, sociology, ethnology, and philosophy covering an exceptional geographical and chronological range. You will also be able to gain practical skills in composition, music technology and performance.
You will join a music department that is among the very best in the country, ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.
- You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.
- Our well connected department means you have the opportunity to make valuable music industry contacts. Our staff are connected with musical networks such Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms, Royal Opera House.
As a student of Spanish, you will take core language modules, enabling you to learn to speak and write fluently.
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.
- 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).
Spanish: Intensive Spanish for Beginners 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.
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 your presentation skills.
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.
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.
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.
Music: Theory and Analysis
Music: Practical Musicianship
Music: Creative Composition Techniques
Music: Practical Composition Skills
Music: Very Short History of Music
Music: Introduction to Historical Musicology
Music: Introduction to World Music
Music: Contemporary Debates in Music
Music: Studies in Music Analysis
Music: Studies in Composition
Music: Studies in Music History
Music: Studies in Ethnomusicology
Music: Studies in Music, Media and Technology
Music: Practical Performance
Music: Solo Performance
Music: Ensemble Performance
Music: Composition Portfolio
Music: Ensemble Performance in World Music - Andean Band
Music: Choral Conducting
Music: Baroque Performance Practice
Music: Composing with Technology
Music: Composing with Technology
Music: Sounds and Cultures in East Asia
Music: Introduction to Jazz
Music: Popular Music and Musicians in Post-War Britain and North America
Music: Orchestral Conducting
Music: Orchestral Performance
Music: Practical Ethics
Music: Wagner's Ring
Music: Issues in Sound, Music and the Moving Image
Music: Sibelius and Music of Northern Europe
Music: Music in the City
Music: Music, Environment and Ecology
Music: Music, Power and Politics
Music: Ideas of German Music from Mozart to Henze
Music: Silent Film Performance
Music: Music and Gender
Music: Debussy and French Musical Aesthetics
Music: The Music-Film
Music: Baroque Performance Practice
Music: Intercultural Performance - Theory and Practice
Music: Composing with Technology 2
Music: Silent Film Performance
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and instrumental/vocal lessons. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide variety of musical activities supported by the department, including performances by orchestras, choirs and other ensembles. 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 Advisor to support you academically and personally.
Assessment is carried out by a combination of examinations, which take place in the summer term, along with written papers, extended essays, assessed coursework, and portfolios of compositions and other practical work, and performance recitals.
Our teaching in the School of Modern Languages combines a majority of seminars and small group work as well as role play and conversational activities, with some lectures. Private study and preparation are essential parts of every course, and you will have access to many online resources such as Powerpoint slideshows, copies of selected primary and secondary texts, audiovisual materials, class and seminar preparation aids, links to relevant external sites, quizzes and grammar and essay writing guidance, 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 and who holds regular surgery hours at least twice weekly.
Each course is assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end of year examinations. Coursework includes essays, language exercises, translations and reports. 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.
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 subjects: Grade A in Music A level or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass and five GCSEs graded A*- C including English and Maths. If Spanish is taken at A level grade B is required.
Other UK Qualifications
6,5,5 at Higher Level including 6 in Music at Higher level or with Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass with a minimum of 32 points overall
|BTEC Extended Diploma
Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject, plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass
|BTEC National Diploma
Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject, plus A-Level Music grade A or Distinction, Distinction in relevant subject, plus one A-Level grade B and Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. If Spanish is taken grade B is required.
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
Distinction plus A-Level Music grade A and one further A-Level grade B, or Distinction plus A,B at A-level and Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. If Spanish is taken grade B is required.
A non-subject specified A Level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.
|Scottish Advanced Highers
AB including grade A in Music or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass, plus Higher Level requirements
AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements
|Irish Leaving Certificate
AABBB at Higher Level including A in Music at Higher Level or AABBB at Higher Level with Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass
|Access to Higher Education Diploma
Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit plus evidence of A-Level standard Music proficiency grade A equivalent or Grade 8 Music Theory at Pass. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if you have had a considerable break from education.
Other UK qualifications
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International and EU entry requirements
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IELTS 6.5 overall
For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.
You'll come away from our course with industry contacts, insider knowledge of music networks in London and specific practical skills in performance, composition and production. Our recent graduates have gone into a wide range of careers including roles as musicians, composers and performing arts teachers, but also technicians, publishers, managers, lawyers and policy makers –they've taken away transferable skills like communication, teamwork, time management, commercial awareness and critical thinking.
Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250
International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £15,600
Other essential costs***: £50
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*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.