Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees More Details
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

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), and a critical understanding of culture and politics from the perspective of the changing dynamics of the global order in world politics. You will have the opportunity to study language, culture and international relations in an integrated way, exploring the connections between them and the broader geopolitical and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced. 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.

International relations is concerned with the challenges of traditional and emerging geopolitics. It focuses on the changing configurations of power, privilege and identity in world politics, and you will explore questions of governance, democracy and human rights in a post-colonial world.

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.

Course structure

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

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Global Governance and the State
  • Intercultural Communication – an Introduction
  • Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • The Spanish World and the Word
  • The Global Politics of Migration

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Asia, Africa and Latin America: Dynamism and Change in the Global South
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Spanish Culture
  • Geopolitics
  • Global Political Economy
  • Global Security
  • Governance in Europe: Comparative and Multilevel Perspectives
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narrative
  • Middle East Politics
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Politics and Society in 21st-Century America
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • American Power in a Multipolar World
  • Contested Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Power in Contemporary International Relations
  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dissertation
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Ethics, Morality and World Order(s)
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • Oil, Globalisation and Development in the Middle East
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
  • Postcolonial Politics and International Relations
  • Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World
  • Themes in Spanish Studies

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels - BCC to ABB

  • International Baccalaureate - 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme

  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM to DDM

  • BTEC Diploma - D*D to D*D*

  • Access - 104 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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

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

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.

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

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

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.

Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

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 between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and £50–£100 at Level 5.

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

International tuition fee: Our fees for 2020/21 will be published in April 2019 (Price per 20-credit module)

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 between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4 and £50–£100 at Level 5.

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

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. Criminology, Sociology and Politics students are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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