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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies: English and Spanish pathway

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This diploma of higher education is made up of 240 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

Stage 1 comprises a broad range of options in languages and in English. Language modules are carefully designed and paced so that you can develop and build skills in all aspects of speaking and understanding the language, while exploring the life and culture in the countries where those languages are spoken.

Your module choices in Stage 1 will depend largely on your previous level of language study. Our Languages diagnostics website will help you decide which module (beginners' or intermediate level) is the best starting point for you.

If you have little prior experience of studying Spanish you should start your studies with Portales: beginners' Spanish (L194)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,L194,,1 (30 credits), followed by En rumbo: intermediate Spanish (L140)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,L140,,1 (30 credits). We strongly recommend all students study intermediate Spanish (L140), as this will provide you with the ideal preparation for further Spanish study at Stage 2.

To complete this stage you have a choice; if you have prior experience of language study we recommend that you take another intermediate level language module in German, Spanish or Italian. Alternatively you could study one of the beginners’ language modules (Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish or Welsh); develop your academic communication skills with English for academic purposes online (L185)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,L185,,1 (30 credits) or let The arts past and present (AA100)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,AA100,,1 (60 credits) introduce you to a range of subject areas, from poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories.

Stage 2

Stage 2 comprises one Spanish and one English 60-credit module.

Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,L204,,1 will expand your ability to use the language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. It uses an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to give you a structured overview of key aspects of life in the Spanish-speaking world today. You'll study a number of topics including: lifestyle, habitat, culture, the environment, politics, science and technology. You'll also attend a residential school in Spain (or study an online alternative). On completing the module, your language proficiency will be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Worlds of English (U214)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.W41-3,module,U214,,1  explores how English has evolved in the British Isles, how it has diversified as it spread around the world, and how it is evolving in response to social, cultural and technological change. Using specially recorded audio and video material from across the English-speaking world, you’ll take a critical look at the significance of English in global contexts and analyse its power to simultaneously open up social and economic opportunities for some, and close them down for others. Using the example of English, you will also learn about how the building blocks of language such as grammar and vocabulary work to create the huge range of meanings human beings are capable of expressing.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes four years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from three to 12 years.


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