Spanish and Latin American Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
Our BA Spanish and Latin American Studies with Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to focus on Spanish and Latin American studies, including Brazilian studies, and learn Spanish to an advanced level.
Spain and Latin America offer exciting possibilities for the study of literature, culture, history and society. Our interdisciplinary modules cover cultural aspects of modern Spanish and Latin American film, literature, visual culture, linguistics, history and history of art. Included in these is, for example, the study of world cities such as Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. Leaders in their fields, our language experts, lecturers and researchers provide a unique environment for you to learn and share your experience.
Before proceeding to the main degree, you will spend your Foundation Year preparing yourself for a degree in the arts by improving your study and research skills and gaining arts-related knowledge and understanding. You will also have the opportunity to take a language module as part of the Foundation Year.
Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Spanish and Latin American Studies.
We also offer part-time Foundation Year degrees which allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Spanish and Latin American Studies. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.
Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. They are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you did not achieve the grades you needed for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.
Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish and Latin American studies, including Brazilian studies, and institutionalises long-standing links between these disciplines.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality, while 73% of our research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Ours is a community of scholars with shared interests in interdisciplinary topics and cross-cultural research. Our affiliated research centres, Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), provide an important platform for this exchange. CILAVS offers a range of events such as film screenings, workshops, and talks by guest speakers from the Department and other institutions.
This degree course enables you to acquire a critical appreciation of the literature, art, cinema and cultural histories and geographies of Spain and Latin America, including Brazil, in modules taught by internationally renowned specialists. The course will also enable non-native speakers to become proficient users of Spanish.
The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.
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|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£19602 - £26716||£17343 - £29570||£19981 - £35326|
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What You Will Learn
Programme content: As a student of Spanish and Latin American Studies with Foundation Year, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.
Jobs & Career Perspectives
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|15%||Artistic, literary and media occupations|
|15%||Business and public service associate professionals|
|5%||Secretarial and related occupations|
|5%||Managers, directors and senior officials|
|5%||Other Educational Professionals|
|5%||Protective service occupations|
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Minimum Required UCAS Tariff
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
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Tuition Fees Spanish and Latin American Studies with Foundation Year BA (Hons)
|England UK||£9250||year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||year 1|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
How to apply
January 1, 2024
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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About Birkbeck, University of London
Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Global Studies with Latin American Studies (Including Year Abroad) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||64%||4%||5%||£9250||£16850||76||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies/Drama BA/BSc (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||86%||0%||10%||£9250||£14500||95||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies PhD||University of Bristol||86%||0%||10%||£4565||£19500||95||Bristol||On campus Full-time|
|Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Placement Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||86%||0%||10%||£9250||£16850||95||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Global Studies and Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||86%||0%||10%||£9250||£16850||95||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Spanish and Latin American Studies BA (Hons)||Aberystwyth University||94%||5%||10%||£9000||£14300||123||Aberystwyth||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies/History BA/BSc (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||84%||5%||10%||£9250||£14500||91||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies/Media and Communications BA/BSc (Hons)||Canterbury Christ Church University||71%||0%||10%||£9250||£14500||104||Canterbury||On campus Full-time|
|American Studies (with a study abroad year) BA (Hons)||University of Sussex||85%||0%||5%||£9250||£18500||131||Brighton||On campus Full-time|
|Criminology and American Studies (United States) (term abroad) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||82%||3%||10%||£9250||£14020||103||Colchester||On campus Full-time|