Admissions Officer

Mr Joe Tilley


Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 3096

Fees and funding

UK & EU fee

£9,000 (2014/15)

Overseas fee

£15,200 (2014/15)

General funding notes

Details about financial support are available at:

Specific funding notes

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

Spanish and Latin American Studies BA

UCAS code: R4T7

This four-year programme combines the study of Spanish language and its varieties with courses 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.

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.
  • The third year of your degree 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.

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 courses to the value of 16 credits (240 ECTS) comprising a core course, Spanish and Portuguese language courses, Spanish and Latin American literature courses, and Latin American History courses. 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 School of European Languages, Culture and Society (ELCS) courses, 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.

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.


Students must take a total of 4 course units each year.

Year One

Compulsory Modules (3.0 course units)

  • SPAN1001 Spanish Language 1 (1.0cu)
  • SPAN1* modules (2.0cu)

Optional Modules (1.0 course units)

Two ELCS6* intermediate-level modules (1.0cu)

Year Two

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

  • SPAN2001 Spanish Language 2 (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (3.0 course units)

A total of 2.5cu from SPAN2*/SPAN7* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS6* intermediate-level module.
A total of 2.0cu from SPAN2*/SPAN7* optional modules plus two 0.5cu ELCS6* intermediate-level modules.

Year Three

  • ELCS3001 - Year Abroad Assessment A (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3002 - Year Abroad Assessment B (1.5cu)
  • ELCS3005 - Third Year Project C (1.0cu)

Final Year

Compulsory Modules (1.0 course units)

  • SPAN4001 Spanish Language 3 (1.0cu)

Optional Modules (3.0 course units)

A total of 2.5cu from SPAN4*/SPAN7* optional modules plus one 0.5cu ELCS4* advanced-level module.
A total of 2.0cu from SPAN4*/SPAN7* optional modules plus two 0.5cu ELCS4* advanced-level modules.

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades AAB
Subjects Spanish grade A required.
AS Levels For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
GCSEs 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:

IB Diploma

Points 36
Subjects A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including Spanish at grade 6, with no score lower than 5.

Other qualifications

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

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International applicants

International qualifications

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

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Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.

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

For more information see our website:

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


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 (2010-2012) of Spanish and Latin American Studies programmes at UCL include:

  • Press Officer, Maido (2012)
  • Teaching Assistant, Chelsea Academy (2011)
  • Marketing Assistant, Diageo (2010)
  • Live Subtitler, Independent Media Support (2010)

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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.


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.

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