Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2017

Spanish and Latin American Studies BA

This four-year programme combines the study of Spanish language and its varieties with modules in the film, languages, literature, history and cultures of Spain and Latin America, from the early modern period to the present day. Year three is spent abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

Key information

UCAS code
4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2017
Applications per place
5 (2015 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2017 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Spanish grade A required.
English Language at grade B, plus Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs

IB Diploma

A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Spanish at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

Not acceptable for entrance to this programme

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.

D3,D3,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects, including Spanish at D3

A,A,B at Advanced Highers (or A,A at Advanced Higher and B,B,B at Higher), including Spanish at grade A

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades AAB. Spanish is required.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • UCL is an important centre for Hispanic and Latin American Studies, with a wealth of expertise in areas from Cervantes to Borges.
  • You will receive high-quality language instruction combined with innovative, research-led teaching of a wide range of Spanish and Latin American literature, culture and film topics.
  • Your third year will be spent in a Spanish-speaking country - an experience which contributes vastly to your linguistic competence and cultural understanding. The department currently has links with universities in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain.
  • You will benefit from the resources of the UCL Library, Senate House Library of the University of London, the Instituto Cervantes, Canning House and the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: School of European Languages, Culture and Society.

  • 74% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The integrated study of literature and history is the hallmark of this degree and includes compulsory courses in Latin American history, taught by specialists from UCL's Department of History. You are required to take modules to the value of 16 credits (240 ECTS) comprising a core course, Spanish and optional Portuguese language modules, Spanish and Latin American literature modules, and Latin American History modules. A wide range of options is available in all years.

During your third year you will undertake a course of study at a University in a Spanish-speaking country - we currently have links with universities in Spain, Mexico, Chile and Argentina.

You may also take modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society (SELCS), which allow students to study literature, film, art and culture from outside their subject area(s), focusing on broad cultural movements, issues and approaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and drawing on the full range of specialisms within the school.


An indicative guide to the structure of this programme, year by year.

Compulsory modules

Spanish Language I

Optional modules

A choice of first-year Spanish and Latin American modules (including literature and film)

Beginner's Portuguese (subject to availability)
Introduction to Portuguese literature

You will also choose interdepartmental modules offered by the School of European Languages, Culture & Society. Options may include the study of lingusitics, film, and history.

Compulsory modules

Spanish Language II

Optional modules

You will select a total of 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Developments in Spanish Film
The Essay in Spanish America
Portuguese Literature
The Short Story in Spanish America
The Theatre in Spain's Golden Age
SELCS Intermediate-level modules

Year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country

Students currently complete:
Any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange); or:
A British Council Assistantship or work placement abroad.

Whether they undertake an internship or a university placement, students on their Year Abroad will engage in guided academic work and critical reflections so as to make the most of their cultural and linguistic immersion.

Compulsory module

Spanish Language III

Optional modules

You will select a total of 3.0 credits from a wide range of optional modules. Options may include:

Advanced Portuguese (subject to availability and approval)
Latin American Journeys
Latin American Vanguard Movements
Spanish and Latin American Cultural Dilemmas
Spanish Film from the 1990s
The Battle for Memory in the Contemporary Spanish
The Work of Jorge Luis Borges
The Works of Cervantes
SELCS Advanced-level modules

Your learning

Language teaching takes place in small classes, with an emphasis on interaction between teacher and student which enables us to ensure that the scope and pace of learning meets your needs. You will also attend lectures and seminars in which the literary, historical and cultural elements of your studies will be discussed.


You will be assessed by a combination of written and oral examinations, essays, language work, projects and work undertaken throughout your degree, with more weight being given to studies in the later years of your programme.

Further Information

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Spanish and Latin American Studies BA.


In addition to your language competence your studies will develop skills in close and critical reading, the analysis and communication of complex material, and the ability to organise your own time - all of value in your future employment.

Fluency in the Spanish language opens up exciting career paths around the world as politics and commerce become increasingly global.

Career alternatives include areas such as finance, journalism, law, education, commerce, arts administration, the civil service, the media, or translation and interpreting. Of course, the pursuit of further study is also an option open to you.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2012-2014) of Spanish and Latin American Studies programmes at UCL include:

  • Teaching Assistant, London
  • Assistant TV Producer, Disney World Company
  • Technology Consultant, Asenqen
  • Press Officer, Maido
  • Live Subtitler, Independent Media Support (2010)

*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012-2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Student view

I returned from my year abroad in Mexico this year and I can easily say that it was the best year of my life. My Spanish skills have greatly improved as I was really thrown into the Spanish-speaking university life. My year abroad also gave me the opportunity to take courses from other degrees such as business and advertising, which is now helping me in my post-university job search. Sophia Palmer - Spanish and Latin American Studies BA (Fourth Year)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2017/18 academic year and are for the first year of the programme only.

UK/EU students
£TBC (2017/18 - see below)
Overseas students
£17,710 (2017/18)

UK/EU undergraduate fees are currently (August 2016) capped at 9,000 and UCL charges fees at the level of that cap. This cap on UK/EU undergraduate fees is currently under review by the UK Government and may be subject to increase for the year commencing 2017 and for each year of study thereafter. Fees for overseas students may be subject to an annual increase in subsequent years of study by up to 5%.

Please see the full details of UCL's fees and possible changes on the UCL Current Students website


Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

We offer the A A Parker and Alcana Galiano prizes annually to the most outstanding undergraduates studying Spanish and Latin American Studies.

Departmental scholarships

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

We will be looking for a demonstrable interest in literary, historical and cultural studies, and will be curious to learn about your motivation for applying for this programme. Evidence of extracurricular interest in the culture of Spanish-speaking countries, such as reading books, newspapers and magazines, watching films, or travel to one of these countries, will be looked on favourably.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2017


If your application demonstrates that your academic ability and motivation makes you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, then we shall invite you to a post-offer Open Day, where you can experience the sort of teaching which we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainment as well as cultural awareness, motivation for study and intellectual potential.We may interview candidates by telephone in order to establish a level of language ability.

Applicants must have A level or equivalent knowledge of Spanish.

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students

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