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Spanish with Visual Arts (BA)

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Course details

This course offers the opportunity to combine Spanish with the study of the visual arts and to spend the third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country. Spanish forms the major element of the degree, comprising 75% of the course, with the remaining 25% of the course devoted to exploring the visual arts.

This course will develop your Spanish language skills to a very high level while immersing you in the fascinating literature and cultures of the Hispanic world. Your knowledge of the Hispanic World will be complemented by the development of a critical and cross-cultural understanding of the visual arts across Europe and Latin America. Our approach is eclectic, with course units covering a wide array of topics, including language and translation, literature, film, history, visual arts, and popular culture. We also offer excellent opportunities for study abroad, with an increasing number of links to universities across Spain and Latin America.

By the end of your studies you will be equipped with an impressive portfolio of critical, communication and leadership skills that will greatly enhance your employability and open up a wide range of career opportunities.

Key facts

Key facts about the course
UCAS code R4W6
Qualification Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Duration Four years full time
Department Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Fees / funding

Please visit the Fees and funding pages for the latest information about tuition fees and the different sources of funding which may be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

If you are interested in applying to Royal Holloway, why not arrange a visit to our campus to see for yourself what academic and student life is like here. The College runs three annual Open days which give you the chance to meet our students and teaching staff, and get a taste of what university life is really like.

Prospective students who receive an offer of a place are invited to attend a UCAS day, where they are shown around the department, given the opportunity to speak with academic members of staff and meet current students.

Entry requirements

Year of entry (select):

Year 1
Year 2

Typical offers - 2016

Typical offers
A-levels ABB including B in Spanish
GCSE At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English.
English language
IELTS 6.5 overall including 7.0 in Writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores. For equivalencies please see here.|
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level including grade 5 in Spanish with a minimum of 32 points overall
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject and Grade B in A2 level Spanish.
BTEC National Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus an A2 level grade B in Spanish.
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Distinction plus A2 levels grade A,B including Spanish.   
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 Adv Level Core.
Scottish Advanced Highers AABBB at Higher Level plus AB at Advanced Higher Level including B in Spanish.
Scottish Highers  
Irish Leaving Certificate AABBB at Higher Level including B in Spanish.
Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass  with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit PLUS A Level Spanish grade B.

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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Typical offers - 2017

Typical offers
English language
Other UK Qualifications Year 2
International Baccalaureate  
BTEC Extended Diploma  
BTEC National Diploma  
BTEC Subsidiary Diploma  
Welsh Baccalaureate  
Scottish Advanced Highers  
Scottish Highers  
Irish Leaving Certificate  
Access to Higher Education Diploma  

Other UK Qualifications

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International and EU Entry Requirements

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Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications. Special consideration will be given to mature applicants, and we are happy to consider applicants with other qualifications, including QAA-approved Access to HE courses. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant is 21 or over at the time of application and has had a considerable break from education.

Students from overseas should visit the International pages for further information on the entry requirements from their country and English language requirements.  Royal Holloway offers an International Foundation Programme and English language pre-sessional courses, allowing students the opportunity to develop their study skills and English language before starting their undergraduate degree.

We make decisions based on achieved or predicted grades, personal statements and references. More information on how your application will be assessed, and tips for your personal statement can be found on our Applying pages.


Why choose this course?

  • Study with academics who bring the latest and most exciting ideas to their teaching. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, we achieved the highest score in the country for our 4* ‘world-leading’ research publications. 
  • Study in our state-of-the art, purpose-built facilities, located in the award-winning International Building at the heart of the Egham campus.
  • Use our excellent language learning materials that include complex simulations designed to reflect real-life situations through extended role-play.
  • You will spend a year abroad and can choose to study at university, be a teaching assistant or go on a work placement. We have an increasing number of strong links with universities across Spain and Latin America.
  • You will enjoy easy access to London’s vast wealth of art resources, from small collections to national museums and libraries.

What you'll learn

Each year you will take three course units in Spanish and one in visual arts.

In Spanish the course is structured around core course units in spoken and written language and you will also study translation. You will use film resources and computer programmes designed by the School of Modern Language, Literatures and Cultures; with language laboratories, satellite television and internet available all day for personal study.  

The course covers an array of topics relating to the Hispanic world, including language and translation, literature, film, history, visual arts, and popular culture. All or part of your third year will be spent in Spain or Latin America studying at a partner university, working as a language assistant, or in other approved employment.

For the visual arts part of your degree, you will take two core courses in years 1 and 2 and will choose one or two further options each year from a wide range of specialist subjects that explore visual culture in France, Germany, the Hispanic world and Italy.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • learn to converse and write confidently in Spanish
  • acquire the kind of critical, communication and leadership skills that are highly valued by prospective employers
  • enhance your own original critical and analytical thinking and expression
  • hone oral and written communication skills, and the ability to pose and solve problems in sophisticated and flexible ways
  • learn research skills and the ability to analyse and process effectively many different kinds of information.

All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.

The School's website gives detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.

View the full course specification for Spanish with Visual Arts (BA) in the Programme Specification Repository

How you'll learn & be assessed

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.

Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and end-of-year examination in varying proportions, depending on the course units you choose to take. The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The second year, year abroad and final year marks do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Employability & career opportunities

Royal Holloway offers rigorous degree courses, which will prepare you for a broad range of careers in both the private and public sectors and also for professional training in areas such as law, accountancy and management. Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different roles including the Civil Service, accountancy, management, journalism, broadcasting, computing, higher education, teaching, and politics and diplomacy themselves.

A substantial number of our graduates go on to further study, entering postgraduate courses at Royal Holloway or other prestigious institutions at home and abroad.


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