What students say about spanish
I study French and Spanish at Strathclyde. The timetable is simple - I have around eight hours of classes a week, including an hour of French/ Spanish culture each week. We have oral classes, tutorials and lectures. The French and Spanish assignments are generally translations or reading comprehensions.3rd year, University of Strathclyde
I love languages, so my course is perfect for me. The classes are small, which gives each student enough space to ask and be asked. Staff is very supportive and helpful, not to mention very knowledgable in their subject, and their feedback is always suited to help the student to do better and to concentrate on the future assessments. The modules are very versatile, so I get to choose what I like to concentrate on (for example poetry or drama, Spanish or Latin American history, etc.). One of the most interesting and fun parts of the course is the compulsory year abroad between the 2nd and final year. Assessments vary from module to module, and it's a mixture of essays, translations, reports and oral presentations, with written and oral exams at the end of each semester. There is a lot of material available to help with each assessment, including dictionaries, books, journals, DVDs with movies in foreign languages etc.3rd year, Queen's University Belfast
I'm a foreign language student and I seem to have quite a lot of classes per week, whether they be lectures or seminars, language or literature. Most of the time we do written grammar work, although in our literature seminars we have to talk about books and make notes. We have to write literature essays of 1500 words. The different languages I study all assess me differently for the other elements, though. They all assess oral in a different way, some also assess reading ability or translation ability. They all assess writing, and none of them assess listening.1st year, University of St Andrews
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- English literature
- Any other modern language
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- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Language teacher
Other real-life job examples
- Business analyst
- Events manager
- Work experience coordinator
What employers like about this subject
European language and literature degrees can provide students with a range of subject-specific skills, including an understanding of the language and culture of the countries under study; the way that literature and language interacts with society and, of course, how to communicate effectively in the chosen languages. Students on these courses often take a year abroad in the country of study. Students of languages can also learn a number of useful transferrable skills including communication, time management, research and critical thinking and project management, and these skills are in demand from employers, including schools, translation services, accountants and advertising agencies.