Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us. 

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development, bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Translation Studies (Spanish) BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our Translation Studies BA Honours will give you the skills, knowledge and competencies to build a career as a professional translator.

You'll develop knowledge of language structure, register, textuality and discourse, by applying linguistic concepts to practical translation tasks. You'll also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Depending on your entry point, you can combine the main language, Spanish, with another language (Arabic, Chinese or French) or the Global Communication route. You'll study an integrated curriculum, with a focus on professional context and communication skills, bilingual translation skills and theory. Your studies may include developing your skills in a new foreign language or modules in cultural studies. Teaching and learning take place through a combination of formal lectures, seminars, practical workshops, guided self-study, and exposure to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments.

Alongside core modules in translation, the course offers a wide range of option modules, covering topics including global communications, world cultures, current affairs, politics and gender issues. You'll also have the option to spend a year abroad in a Spanish-speaking country, studying or - depending on your language level - working or volunteering.

As well as careers in professional translation, our graduates have found employment as interpreters, teachers (both in foreign languages and English as a foreign language), and in various other sectors including law, marketing, journalism, and the Civil Service.

We accept intermediate (post-A Level) and proficient speakers in Spanish. This is a linguistically challenging course and we may need to assess you in order to determine your entry point and suitability.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Develop the skills you need - we offer practical and authentic translation experience, including audio-visual translation and transcreation
  • Boost your career potential – get a head start in your career with regular translation projects, career management and computer-assisted translation training
  • Choose your path – proficient Spanish speakers can choose between adding another language or taking Global Communication modules
  • Learn in an efficient way - our small group learning and personalised tutorial support ensure you'll be fully supported throughout your studies
  • Gain international experience - take part in a year abroad studying, working or volunteering

Course structure

Much of your learning will take place during independent study, individually and in groups, in the well-resourced and recently refurbished library, at home and via online learning provision.

Assessment methods include in-class coursework, essays and projects, presentations, and oral and unseen written exams.

You can find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past in the Teaching and Assessment section at the bottom of this page.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • Living and working in Spanish speaking countries

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Translation
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies OR The Arab/Chinese/French/Spanish World and the Word 1
  • Intercultural Communication: An Introduction OR The Arab/Chinese/French/Spanish World and the Word 2
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Building Translation Competence
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives OR Expressions of Arabic/Chinese/French/ Spanish Culture 1
  • Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning, Identity OR Expressions of Arabic/Chinese/French/ Spanish Culture 2
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, an approved form of employment in a country where Spanish is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Towards Professional Translation
  • Translation Project
  • Professionalising Global Communication OR Themes in Arabic/Chinese/French/Hispanic Studies
  • Developing Career Competencies for Linguists
  • Dreaming the same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-cultural Practice
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and a member of the Association of Programmes in Translation and Interpreting Studies APTIS.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

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Boost your employability

Spanish was the second most desired language by employers, according to a report by CBI/Pearson. 

Source: CBI/Pearson 2019.

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Future-proof your career

The British Council named Spanish as the top language for the future in 2017.

Source: British Council.

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International experience

Gain international experience and develop your language skills by taking part in an academic year studying or working abroad.

Career development

The teaching on this course will expose you to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments, enabling you to gain a better understanding of careers in translation.

As well as careers in professional translation, our graduates have also found employment as interpreters, teachers (both in foreign languages and English as a foreign language), and in various other sectors including law, marketing, journalism, and the Civil Service.

Additionally, you'll have the option to take part in a year studying, working or volunteering, depending on your language level, in a Spanish-speaking country. Previous destinations include Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Granada), Cuba, Mexico and Argentina.

Job roles

The course prepares you for roles and sectors including:

  • Editor
  • Interpreter
  • Teacher
  • Transcreator
  • Translator
  • Brand management and advertising
  • Civil Service
  • Communications careers in business and marketing
  • Digital content production
  • Diplomacy

Graduate employers

Previous graduates from our French and Spanish Translation courses have found roles in companies including:

  • Accessorize
  • Artlife Translations
  • Creative Translation Ltd
  • Farm Diversity
  • GlobaLexicon
  • Pertemba Global
  • QuantumBlack
  • Transperfect
  • Verbatim Interpreters Ltd
  • Wordbank London

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Course Leaders

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As George Steiner stated, “Without translation, we would be living in provinces bordering on silence”.

Dr Elsa Huertas Barros

Senior Lecturer

I am a Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies in the School of Humanities and BA Translation Course Leader. I completed a 4-year degree in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Granada, followed by a Master's in Advanced Studies in Translation and Interpreting.

In June 2013, I was awarded a PhD in Translation, which focused on the role of interpersonal competence in translator training. I also hold qualifications in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and TEFL.

I teach both at undergraduate and postgraduate Level. At undergraduate level, I teach on the core translation and translation theory modules as well as the option module Developing Career Competences for Linguists.

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Dr Katja Seidel

Senior Lecturer

 

Dr Katja Seidel is a historian of 20th century European history whose research focuses particularly on the history of European integration since 1945. She has published research on the formation of European elites and the origins of supranational institutions as well as on the origins and evolution of European policies such as competition policy and the common agricultural policy. She teaches a wide range of modules on British, European and international history.

 

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Dr Katja Seidel is a historian of 20th century European history whose research focuses particularly on the history of European integration since 1945.

 

Why study this course?

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Outstanding facilities

Our computer-assisted translation training gives you the knowledge and skills you need for a successful translation-related career.

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Authentic learning

You'll learn practical and authentic translation, including audio-visual translation and transcreation.

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International experience

Gain international experience with a year working, studying or volunteering in a Spanish-speaking country.

Studying languages with us

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A levels – DEE to CDD, being an Advanced/Proficient/Native level speaker in Spanish
  • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including a minimum of 4 in Spanish at Higher Level
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish
  • Access – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4 and evidence of successful modern foreign language learning in Spanish/French – depending on programme

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We may need to test you to ascertain your language level if you are not doing an A Level in French/Spanish – depending on programme.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of the qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 56 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including a minimum of 4 in Spanish at Higher Level

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget up to £50 for additional materials in each year of the course.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget up to £50 for additional materials in each year of the course.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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1
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2
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3
22%78%
Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Written exams Practical Coursework

Data is for the academic year 2019-20

Studying at Regent Campus

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

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