University of Westminster
Spanish and Linguistics BA (Hons)
University of Westminster

Key Course Facts

Course Description

At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Spanish in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). You will study Spanish language, culture and linguistics in an integrated and interdisciplinary way, exploring the connections between them and the broader historical and cross-cultural contexts that frame their study. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the generic qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

We accept students at two different entry points – beginner or intermediate. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas.

You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Spanish, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Spanish culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

The Linguistics component of your combined degree will develop your understanding and knowledge of language to an advanced and sophisticated level, while fostering and enhancing your skills in using English. This degree offers a rare combination of formal language study and theoretical approaches to discourse analysis, alongside an opportunity to learn about the history of the English language and the ways in which it currently varies around the British Isles and the world as a global language.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations projects, and critical analysis.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Spanish is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Linguistics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £22799 £23349 £26931
25-75 percentile range £19431 - £26533 £17470 - £29600 £20122 - £34899

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Qualification requirements

104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB with English grade 4 HL, Maths grade 4

We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement. We accept students at Beginners’ and Intermediate levels. Proficient students (native speaker level) will be directed towards our BA in Translation as a more appropriate course.

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Spanish and Linguistics, BA (Hons).


Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
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
Insurance £51
Other £95
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.

University Rankings

Positions of University of Westminster in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Westminster in related subject specific rankings.

Languages & Literature

    • #51 
    • #62 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #23 
    • #29 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #31 
    • #41 
    Modern Languages & Linguistics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]

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About University of Westminster

The University of Westminster is a publicly funded research university located in London, England. Beginning its existence as a polytechnic institute in 1838, it only became an officially recognized university much later, in 1992. Westminster’s primary campus can be found on Regent Street of central London, with its secondary campuses being in the districts of Fitzrovia, Marylebone and Harrow.

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Where is this programme taught

Regent Campus
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