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Programme Details 2017-2018


Entry Pre-September 2017

BA/BSc Combined Honours (4 years)
Department of Media, Culture and Language

PROGRAMME CONVENER(S): Dr Sabela Melchor-Couto, 020 8392 5792, s.melchor-couto@roehampton.ac.uk
Bruno Levasseur, 020 8392 4459, bruno.levasseur@roehampton.ac.uk

For further information please contact the Programme Administrator, Meha Patel, 020 8392 3605, meha.patel@roehampton.ac.uk or MCL@roehampton.ac.uk.

LOCATION: The modules in this programme are mainly taught at the Roehampton Lane (Digby Stuart, Froebel & Southlands Colleges) campus unless otherwise stated.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE: The ability to use a foreign language is, by any definition, a useful acquisition and one which is held in high regard by employers. ‘Graduates in languages have the highest employability rates of all humanities graduates.’

This programme will run over four years and includes a fully accredited Year Abroad in the third year of the programme.

AIMS: The overall aims of the programme are:

  • to provide a stimulating learning environment in which students may develop their linguistic skills in the target language and extend their knowledge of the culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken;
  • to respond to the need at national and international level for modern foreign language specialists with the linguistic competence and expertise necessary for operating successfully in multilingual contexts and organisations;
  • to develop students’ awareness of the role and function of language in a wider social, professional and cultural context;
  • to provide students with the appropriate linguistic tools and metalanguage to describe and analyse the main features of the language studied;
  • to provide students with the opportunity to acquire and further develop an appropriate range of transferable skills and, more particularly, to reflect on the ways in which the language skills they are acquiring through study relate directly to the workplace and different types of professional activity;
  • to prepare students for further study and research in the field of language and related studies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: On successful completion of the degree students will have achieved a wide range of general Learning Outcomes. Although many of these overlap, for ease of reference these have been grouped under the following discrete headings:

Subject Knowledge and Understanding

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will:

  • know how to use the target language for the purposes of understanding, expression and communication;
  • have acquired explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures of the target language to enable them to observe the appropriate range of norms in the context of specific language usages (written and oral);
  • have acquired a substantial knowledge of various specific aspects of the culture and society of countries in which the target language is spoken;
  • have acquired a broad knowledge and, using appropriate methodologies, a critical understanding of the cultures and societies where the target language is spoken, gained through the study of particular texts, cultural products and narrative processes;
  • be able to describe, analyse and evaluate the similarities and differences between the target language culture and their own.
Language Skills and Language-related Skills

Upon successful completion of this programme, students will:
  • have acquired a high degree of proficiency and fluency in the target language such as to enable them to understand and express themselves in a range of social and professional contexts, drawing on and deploying a broad range of language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) in an appropriate range of registers;
  • have acquired explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures of the target language, as well as awareness of more general linguistic features (such as register, syntax, nuances of meaning and pragmatics), to enable them to observe the appropriate range of norms in the context of specific language usages (written and oral);
  • have acquired confidence as independent users of the target language in interpersonal and social contexts (e.g. particularly, but not exclusively, listening and speaking) and in academic and professional contexts (e.g. using target language sources for the preparation of written documents, presentations etc);
  • have acquired expertise as independent language learners and increased their command and awareness of the resources of their first (mother tongue) language.
Intercultural Awareness

Students who successfully complete one of these programmes will:
  • have developed an awareness and a critical understanding of cultures and societies other than their own, knowledge that will have been significantly enhanced by a period of residence in a country or countries where the target language is spoken;
  • have an appreciation, awareness and understanding of the diversity of cultures, communities and societies where the target language is used;
  • be able and willing to engage with other cultures;
  • have significantly increased their ability to appreciate and critically evaluate their culture of origin;
  • be able to contextualise cultural practices (including those of their culture of origin) within a wider cultural framework.
Cognitive Skills

Students who successfully complete one of these programmes will:
  • be able to use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences;
  • be able to engage with and interpret layers of meaning within texts and other cultural products;
  • be able to exploit for a variety of purposes and, as appropriate, to contextualise a broad range of materials written or spoken in the target language;
  • develop a capacity for critical reflection and judgement in the light of evidence and argument;
  • be able to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources (including the target language);
  • be able to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument (including in the target language);
  • be able to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking.
Practical Skills

Students who successfully complete the programme will:
  • be able to communicate fluently and appropriately with native or other competent speakers of the target language, maintaining a high degree of grammatical accuracy, and be able to use and present material in both the target language and in English (in written and oral forms) in a clear and effective manner;
  • have acquired the self-direction, self-discipline and time management skills to enable them to work autonomously;
  • have developed accurate and effective note-taking and summarising skills;
  • have developed library and bibliographic skills;
  • have developed techniques for using both target language and English source materials;
  • be able to write and think under pressure and meet deadlines.
Transferable Skills

Students who successfully complete these programmes will:
  • be able to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team;
  • be able to communicate information, ideas and arguments cogently and coherently both orally and in writing with due regard to the target audience and in a range of inter-personal settings;
  • be able to work in flexible and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction, self-management and some degree of reflexivity;
  • be able to identify, describe and analyse problems and to devise appropriate strategies for their solutions;
  • be able to synthesise ideas, information and data from a variety of sources and represent them;
  • be able to use IT effectively both as a means of communication and as an aid to learning.



Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Below is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.


The Spanish programme includes a compulsory period of residence abroad in a relevant country/language community.

1. The 4-year Spanish degree includes a fully accredited Year Abroad which normally takes place on completion of level 5 (N-coded) modules.

2. The first three years of the programme (including the Year Abroad) must normally be completed satisfactorily before progression to level 6 (X-coded) modules.

3. Given the importance of students being adequately prepared for the Year Abroad, it is a programme requirement that they must normally complete at least 40 level 5 credits in Spanish before proceeding to the Year Abroad.

4. The term Year Abroad will normally mean a period of work or study lasting from September to June in Spanish speaking country. There are 2 possible ways of satisfying the Year Abroad requirement:

a) Students may choose to register for an approved course of study in a partner University. They are expected to attend all classes and undertake all assessments relating to the courses chosen. End of year marks will be transferred to Roehampton and the student’s performance evaluated in the light of the results, the student’s PDP file and reports from the Year Abroad Tutorial visit. Students satisfactorily completing the Year Abroad will be awarded 120 credits at level 5 (Category P).

b) Students wishing to undertake a work placement or teaching assistantship register for the relevant Category P modules at Roehampton. Subject to the receipt of a satisfactory written report from the student’s employer, Head or supervising tutor, the student will be awarded 120 credits at level 5 (Category P).

Students must comply with the foreign university's programme regulations and complete all assignments. They normally receive one supervisory visit in the course of the year from one of the tutors at Roehampton.

Category P modules are assessed on the basis of Pass/Fail and do not carry grades or marks. The marks will be sent by the host institution directly to Roehampton and will normally be processed at an extraordinary Programme Examinations Board held in late October.

5. Exemption from the Year Abroad requirement may normally be sought on the basis of prior learning and/or experience.

6. At the discretion of the Programme Convener (following consultation with the programme board) students may be allowed to undertake a split Year Abroad, consisting of a semester of residence (study/work placement) in two different countries. The particular linguistic profile of the student concerned will be the determining factor when considering whether to authorise a split Year Abroad.


Compulsory modules

Either at continuing post A-level (C1):
#MLS020N231Y - Spanish Language 2

or continuing beginners (both modules required):
#MLS020N237Y - Spanish for Continuing Beginners
#MLS020N238Y - Spanish Practice 2 (Continuing Beginners)

Optional modules
Students will take a minimum of 20 credits from the following:
MLS020N234Y - Aspects of Translating and Interpreting (Spanish)
MLS020N236Y - Hispanic Culture and Society [recommended for Continuing Beginners]
MLT020N250S - European Cinema
MCL020N201H - Career Preparation
HSA020N225A - Latin American Revolutions

Year Abroad (Category P)

Students will need to register for 120 credits including the compulsory 40 credits for the PDP (Personal Development Portfolio) from the following:

Compulsory module
#MLY040P360Y - Personal Development Portfolio

Study Abroad/Work Placements
MLY040P341A - Modern Languages Study Abroad Placement
MLY040P342S - Modern Languages Study Abroad Placement
MLY040P351A - Modern Languages Work Placement
MLY040P352S - Modern Languages Work Placement


Required module
Students are strongly recommended to take the following module:
~MLS020X431Y - Advanced Spanish Language

Optional modules
Students choose from the following:
MLS020X435A - Professional Translation (Spanish)
MLS020X452S - Public Sector Interpreting (Spanish)
MLT020X460S - Media Translation
MLT020X485Y - Transcultural Studies Project [recommended module]
MCL020X312Y - Work Placement
ELA020X212S - Second Language Acquisition

Module annotations:
# - compulsory module (must be passed).

a) Each module code consists of a three-letter module prefix denoting the programme it belongs to (eg BSS020C103Y = Biosciences), the following three digits refer to its credit value (eg BSS020C103Y = 20 credits), the single letter in the middle (eg BSS020C103Y) denotes the module level (eg C = Level 4, N = Level 5, X = Level 6), the last three digits denote its unique number (eg BSS020C103Y), and the final letter denotes its suffix (eg BSS020C103Y). The suffixes indicate the following: A - Autumn term, S - Spring term, H – Summer term/Summer intensive mode, Y - All year, V - collaborative partnership (off-site).

b) Individual module details can be viewed by clicking on each module code or using the "View all modules" link below for a complete list of module assessment and descriptions.

View all modules

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