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Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including B in Spanish or Mandarin.

Pass with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3. Of the level 3 credits, at least 21 should be graded Merit. A Level Spanish grade B or A Level Mandarin grade B or above (or UoN accepted equivalent).

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

Including M2 in Spanish or Mandarin.

Extended Project

A

If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject. If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including Spanish or Mandarin Higher Level 5 points or Spanish or Mandarin Standard Level at 6 points (B Programme).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels . A Level Spanish or A Level Mandarin (or UoN accepted equivalent) required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels . A Level Spanish or A Level Mandarin (or UoN accepted equivalent) required.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

This qualification is considered alongside A Level Spanish grade B or A Level Mandarin grade B or above (or UoN accepted equivalent).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels . A Level Spanish or A Level Mandarin (or UoN accepted equivalent) required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Including B in Spanish or Mandarin. This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Sottish Advanced Highers at grades AB including B in Spanish or Mandarin.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels. A Level Spanish grade B or A Level Mandarin grade B or above (or UoN accepted equivalent).

UCAS Tariff

104-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Chinese studies

Spanish studies

Combine studies in Spanish and Chinese languages, literatures, histories and cultures; the unique international experience of this course will help you to stand out as a graduate. You can begin one of the languages from beginners’ level, but must offer at least one language at A level (or equivalent).

You will normally devote half your time to each subject. In addition to targeting your language skills, this course offers you a rich variety of modules in Hispanic histories and cultures while allowing you to uncover the complexities of contemporary Chinese politics, society and identities.

Your year abroad in spent in Spain and China gives you a unique opportunity to develop your language skills and enhance your understanding of Spanish and Chinese cultures.

Modules

In year one, you will spend your time equally between Spanish and Contemporary Chinese Studies. In Spanish, in addition to a core module in the Spanish language, you will be introduced to culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world. If you are a beginner you will follow an intensive language course.

In Contemporary Chinese Studies you begin a structured course in Mandarin Chinese to lead you to final degree level. The course has entry points for beginners and post-A level students in Mandarin. Alongside your core language modules, you will take optional modules in Chinese history, society and culture.

In year two your language studies will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. You will also take modules in literature, history, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in both Spanish and Chinese Studies.

You will spend your third academic year abroad in Spain or Spanish America and China. You have the option to undertake study at a University, do a work placement or work as an English language teaching assistant.

Your fourth year is spent back at Nottingham. You will develop your command of both languages and their use in increasingly sophisticated contexts, and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, film and translation. In Spanish, you may also choose to write a dissertation.

Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,000
per year
International
£20,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
high
Chinese studies
93%
high
Spanish studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Asian studies

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
74%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
58%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

40%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

86%
UK students
14%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
9%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Iberian studies

Teaching and learning

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
74%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
28%
Male students
72%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
1%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chinese studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
13%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

China plays an important role in world economics and politics, and business can be very interested in graduates with good Chinese language skills. In 2015, just over 180 degrees were awarded in this subject to UK graduates, so it is still an unusual and specialist degree to take - take that into consideration before drawing definitive conclusions from the data. About one in five graduates went on to further study (mostly at Masters level) and of those who were working, a quarter went to work abroad. Most of the rest were working in the UK after six months, mainly in London. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills, even if that language is rare and valuable to business.

Spanish studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
72%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Public services and other associate professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2015, nearly 1300 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish and the subject is seeing its popularity increase. About one in five got jobs overseas — often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in marketing, human resources, sales and project management. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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