Undergraduate prospectus

  • Start date: September 2018

Spanish and Latin American Studies BA

This four-year programme combines the study of Spanish language and its varieties with modules in the film, 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

Programme starts

September 2018
UCAS code
Full-time: 4 years
Application deadline
15 January 2018
London, Bloomsbury
Applications per place
5 (2016 entry)*
Total intake
216 (2018 entry)*
* Figures relate to European Languages, Culture and Society subject area

Entry requirements

A levels

Spanish grade A required.
English Language at grade B or 6, plus Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 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 a leading centre for Hispanic and Latin American studies, with a wealth of expertise in all areas and periods. Portuguese and Brazilian studies are a recent and thriving addition, with expertise ranging from Renaissance Portugal to Modernist Brazil.

  • You will have high-quality language instruction combined with innovative, research-led cultural topics. Literature: Cervantes through Borges to contemporary fiction; film: Buñuel to current Latin American trends; and history: Cortés through Andean cultures to 20th century dictatorships.

  • Your third year is spent in a Spanish-speaking country - an experience which benefits your linguistic and cultural understanding. We have links with universities in Spain, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina.

  • You will benefit from the resources of the UCL Library, Senate House Library, the University of London, the Instituto Cervantes, Canning House and the Institute of Latin American Studies. London provides a wealth of Hispanic and Lusophone cultural events, from film festivals to literary evenings.

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 language, literature, history and film is the hallmark of this degree. You are required to take modules to the value of 16 credits comprising an introductory core module in year one, Spanish language modules (with the option of also studying Portugese), as well as a selection of content modules including Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American literature, history, and film. 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 will also take modules from SELCS. This will allow you to study subjects like literature, film, art and culture from a wider perspective. You will be exposed to broad cultural movements, issues and approaches and be able to draw on the full range of specialisms within the school.


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

Core or compulsory module(s)

Spanish Language I

Optional modules

You will have 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 SELCS. Options may include the study of lingusitics, film, and history.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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

You will spend your third year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country.

Students currently complete any assessment required by a host university (if participating in a university exchange), a British Council Assistantship or a work placement abroad.

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.

For further information about the year abroad please visit the SELCS year abroad website.

Core or compulsory module(s)

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. There is an emphasis on the interaction between teacher and student  to ensure 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 through a combination of written and oral examinations, essays, language work, projects and other coursework. More weight will be given to the 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 you will develop skills in close and critical reading, research and writing methods, the analysis and communication of complex materials and the ability to organise your time. These skills will be of value in your future employment.

Fluency in Spanish opens up exciting career paths around the world. The language is growing and remains a compelling vehicle for literature, culture and business, and is spoken in regions from Patagonia to Alaska.

Alternative career pathways include finance, journalism, law, education, commerce, arts administration, the civil service, the media, or translation and interpreting. The pursuit of further study is also an option open to you.


First career destinations of recent graduates (2013-2015) of Spanish and Latin American Studies programmes at UCL include:

  • Full-time student, MA in Translation Studies at Durham University
  • Full-time student, PGCE (Secondary), at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Freelance Visual Artist, Institute of Contemporary Arts Gallery
  • Full-time student, GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) at City, University of London
  • 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 2013-2015 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2018/19 academic year. The UK/EU fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2018/19 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK/EU students
£9,250 (2018/19)
Overseas students
£19,390 (2018/19)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL 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 listed below are for 2017 entry. Funding opportunities for students applying for 2018 entry will be published when they are available.

Modern European Languages Scholarship

Based on academic merit

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 know 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 2018


If your application demonstrates your academic ability and motivation make you well-suited to our degree and you receive an offer, we shall invite you to a post-offer open day. There, you will be able to experience the sort of teaching we offer and life in SELCS.

Our admissions process aims to assess your linguistic abilities and attainments as well as your 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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