Italian and Spanish (with a study abroad year) BA

Languages

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
RR34
Start date:
September 2018

At Sussex, you don’t just learn to speak Italian and Spanish, you become immersed in their cultures.

Learn from experienced tutors and gain critical insights into the relevant societies and their history, literature and film. As we aim for you to reach a high level of fluency, we teach almost all content in the language itself.

The experience of a year spent working or studying abroad also gives you the excellent communication skills, cultural awareness and international perspective valued by employers.

Sussex not only gave me the opportunity to learn new languages, but also to become more adaptable to new cultures and surroundings.”Marie Bidard
Italian and Spanish BA 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

ABB-BBB

Subjects

A-levels must include Italian or Spanish, at grade B. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at A-level, grade B.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass in the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Subjects

You will also need A-level (or equivalent) Italian or Spanish, at grade B. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at A-level, grade B.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You will need Higher Level Italian or Spanish, with at least grade 5. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at Higher Level, grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDM

Subjects

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will also need A-level (or equivalent) in Italian or Spanish, at least grade B. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at A-level, grade B.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

ABBBB

Subjects

Highers must include Italian or Spanish, at least grade B. Ideally, applicants will have one language at Advanced Higher, also grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and BB in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include Italian or Spanish, grade B. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at A-level, grade B.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

You will need Higher Level Italian or Spanish, with at least grade 5. The second language can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have at least one of the two languages at Higher Level, grade 5.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0). You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you want to apply for a business-related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 5.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. Both languages are available from beginner's level, but successful applicants must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 13/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential (with a final result of at least 13/20 in one). You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.2 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential (at least 12/15) at a high level.

You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H2,H2,H3,H3.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential (normally at least grade H1). You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100.

Additional requirements

Spanish can be taken from beginner's level.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 7.5.

Additional requirements

Italian can be taken from beginner's level.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in either Italian or Spanish is essential. You must have good existing knowledge of one of the languages but the second language can be taken at beginner's level. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Language choice

It is not normally possible for native (or near-native) speakers to study their native language within this degree.

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Choose to study a third language (Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese, French, German or Japanese) or English Language Teaching.

  • Tailor your degree to your interests by studying other subjects such as international business, international education, international relations, legal studies or politics.

  • Learn in a Language Learning Centre with state-of-the-art technologies and resources, as well as dedicated study areas.

Course information

How will I study?

You study Italian and Spanish, with the focus on accuracy and fluency in both speaking and writing. You can make use of our well-equipped Language Learning Centre to develop and practise your study skills.

In addition, you follow modules giving you an insight into the ideas and events that underpin modern society in the countries of Europe and beyond. You are also introduced to aspects of cultural difference.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

How will I study?

You give oral presentations, write reports as well as book and film reviews, summarise spoken and written texts, and hold meetings and discussions. You explore cultural, political, historical, literary and social aspects of countries in and beyond Europe where Italian and Spanish are spoken.

You also learn about language in use. How do we signal politeness, formality, irony, humour, and so on?

The first two years of language and cultural studies lay the foundations for your year abroad.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

You spend your third year abroad:

  • studying at one of our partner universities
  • as a teaching assistant in a school
  • on a combination of a study term followed by a work placement.

Studying abroad is a great way to explore the world, meet new people and gain valuable experience to enhance your life skills and career prospects. Employers value graduates who have negotiated their way in the world, experienced different cultures and developed an international perspective.

Find out where your course could take you.

Please note

Programs with a study abroad year are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

Your language modules introduce you to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting.

You also develop and deepen your knowledge of cultural themes in art, literature and film through the study of special subjects.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

Language degrees at Sussex

My project on Michelangelo’s poetry and iconography in the Heart of the Reformation will be published as a monograph.”Dr Ambra Moroncini
Tutorial Fellow and Italian Convenor 

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. The University intends to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you’ll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You’ll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
The University aligns fees for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students with fees for UK/EU students. These fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. We intend to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.
International students:
£15,500 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of our Sussex Centre for Language Studies students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • multilingual service desk analyst, Babcock International
  • sales, co-editions and foreign rights assistant, Pavilion Books
  • self-trading analyst, Royal Bank of Canada.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

‭Studying a language develops key skills in communication, ‭organisation and cultural awareness. Employers value these skills and you’ll be ‭equipped for a range of career pathways including:  ‭

  • business, marketing, commerce and finance
  • media, communications and politics
  • teaching and academia‭
  • civil, public and diplomatic services.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Cultural Encounters

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module seeks to promote cultural awareness and inter-cultural comprehension. Students will be concerned to define what is meant by 'culture’ and to analyse their own cultural backgrounds and attitudes. They will consider how and why cultural characteristics arise and whether generalisations (such as national or cultural stereotypes) are ever valid. In particular they will reflect upon the ways in which culture and language are linked, and on how cultural values and attitudes are encoded in language. They will sample various theoretical approaches to these issues by way of original lectures, prepared seminar questions, academic essays, and a range of audio-visual sources.

Europe 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Italian 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen country.

Italian Intensive A

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This is an intensive module for beginners or near beginners, enabling you to develop the language skills expected of students with a low A level grade or equivalent in one year. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

Language, Identity and Nation

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Following a short introduction, the module falls into two parts. The first looks at how we discover the links between Language, Thought and Nation, and try to identify and analyse covert as well as overt associations between these. Who are the guardians and gatekeepers of our 'native' languages, and what are the pressures to have English in England, French in France but Castillian in Spain and Post-Florentine in Italy? Are some languages more equal than others, conferring more status to their users? And why do languages still change despite 'Academies'? The second part looks at instances of how expressions of the relationship between a nation and its language emerge as various literary and other genres (with particular reference to the novel), and how these feed back into the collective identity (with particular reference to representations in the cinema of various countries).

Spanish 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1
You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen country.

Spanish Intensive A

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This is an intensive module for beginners or near beginners, enabling you to develop the language skills to CEFR A2+ level in one term. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

Italian Intensive B

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module builds on the grammatical structures and language functions taught in Intensive Italian 1A. You will improve oral and written fluency, lexis and listening and reading comprehension. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

Italy 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the lecture series History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Italian, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation).

Spain and Latin America 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the lecture series History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in the target language, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make students aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish Intensive B

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module builds on the language skills, structures and functions taught in Intensive A to enable you to develop to CEFR B1 level in one year. You will improve oral and written fluency, lexis and listening and reading comprehension. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

Europe 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In ths module, which is taught and assessed in English, you'll gain an overview of important historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century, focusing on the period from 1945 to the present day.

You will study pan-European trends, discussing a wide range of historical events and cultural issues such as:

  • the defeat and division of Germany
  • post-war literature and culture in the Cold War
  • philosophical movements like Existentialism and Structuralism
  • decolonisation
  • German reunification and its aftermath
  • the construction and crises of the European Union.

Reference to significant trends or changes in society, politics, economics and technology will be integrated, but movements in the arts and literature will be the main focus of most lectures and seminars.

Various national settings (notably those of France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will be considered and discussed, with a view to establishing a comparative perspective on salient cultural issues in the period.

Italian 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Italian Post-Intensive A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Spanish 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Spanish Post-Intensive A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Italian 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Italian Post-Intensive B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module builds on the knowledge and practical skills gained in the previous language modules.

Your receptive and productive skills will continue to improve as you progress into more advanced syntax and broader lexis. There is continued emphasis on handling authentic materials, including texts of many kinds and audio-visual resources in all media.

Practical aspects of studying and working in the relevant country will be covered in preparation for the year abroad. You'll also study key facets of the relevant country's culture and society.

We continue to embed the processes of language learning in authentic modern and contemporary contexts, including the:

  • consolidation and extension of grammar
  • building of vocabulary
  • application of knowledge in practical skill-based tasks

In addition to active participation in class and completion of preparation and informal assignments, you'll increasingly take the initiative in your own self-directed study.

Italy 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Italian, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which Italy has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spain and Latin America 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Spanish, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which Spain has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Spanish Post-Intensive B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module builds upon the knowledge acquired and the practical skills developed in the preceding language modules. Progress into more advanced syntax and broader lexis will continue to improve the student's receptive and productive skills. There will be continued emphasis upon handling authentic materials, including texts of many kinds and audio-visual resources in all media. With a view to preparation for life in the relevant country during the succeeding Year Abroad, practical aspects of studying and working there will be covered, as well as salient facets of its culture and society. The processes of language learning (the consolidation and extension of grammar, the building of vocabulary and the application of knowledge in practical skill-based tasks) will therefore continue to be embedded in authentic modern and contemporary contexts. In addition to active participation in the class environment, and to the completion of preparation and informal assignments, students will increasingly take the initiative in their own self-directed study.

Italian 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The two hours per week classroom contact throughout this 25-week module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of Italian and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing Italian 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into Italian or, indeed, from Italian into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Spanish 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The three hours per week classroom contact throughout this module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of Spanish and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing Spanish 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into Spanish, or from Spanish into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Themes in European Theatre and Cinema A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, will address major themes in 20th-century European theatre and cinema. These will vary from year to year, but will typically include some of the following:

  • dystopias and absurdity
  • childhood and youth
  • memory and nostalgia
  • identity and selfhood
  • sex and death. 

Equally, the authors/directors and plays/films selected for study (in English translation) will vary, but will normally include at least one representative from each of our four European languages – French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Italian 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay or responding specifically to other stimuli in Italian, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that you should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Italian Special Subject

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in Italian to all single-honours and joint-major students studying Italian as part of their degree, will look at women's presence and representation in early modern Italian literature and art. This module will address some distinctive works by Boccaccio, Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna, and will cover a variety of genres such as prose, poetry, philosophical commentary, letter writing and biography.

Spanish 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay, or responding specifically to other stimuli in the TL, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that they should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Genres in European Literature

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, considers key genres or styles in 20th-century European literature.

These may vary from time to time, but will typically include several of the following:

  • the novel and narrative theory
  • the short story or novella
  • women's writing
  • (auto)biography
  • translation as a genre
  • 'faction' (the blurring of fact and fiction)
  • the detective novel.

Equally, the authors and works selected for study (in English translation) may vary, but will normally include at least one prominent writer in each of French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

Modern Languages Dissertation in Italian

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module is available as an option both to single honours (two languages) and joint modern linguists.

It provides you with the opportunity to conduct a self-assigned piece of research and to write it up in the target language, as an alternative to working in English in
"Genres" (R9033).

You will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant language, who you will agree the topic of your research and the title of the dissertation.

However, that research will be essentially self-directed under the light-touch guidance of the supervisor, provided initially through shared workshops and, later on, through one-to-one tutorials.

You will be required to produce two excerpts of work in progress, at mutually agreed points in TB1, so that the supervisor can check that you are on the right lines and offer helpful formative feedback.

For illustrative purposes, research topics might include:

  • modern French authors, especially Sartre and the existentialists
  • post-war German literature
  • cinema adaptations of European literary works
  • Golden Age Spanish drama.

Modern Languages Dissertation in Spanish

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module is available as an option both to single honours (two languages) and joint modern linguists.

It provides you with the opportunity to conduct a self-assigned piece of research and to write it up in the target language, as an alternative to working in English in
"Genres" (R9033).

You will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant language, who you will agree the topic of your research and the title of the dissertation.

However, that research will be essentially self-directed under the light-touch guidance of the supervisor, provided initially through shared workshops and, later on, through one-to-one tutorials.

You will be required to produce two excerpts of work in progress, at mutually agreed points in TB1, so that the supervisor can check that you are on the right lines and offer helpful formative feedback.

For illustrative purposes, research topics might include:

  • modern French authors, especially Sartre and the existentialists
  • post-war German literature
  • cinema adaptations of European literary works
  • Golden Age Spanish drama. 

Spanish Special Subject 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in Spanish to all single-honours and joint-major students studying Spanish as part of their degree, will address some key works by some of the most significant novelists in 20th-century Spanish literature. The texts themselves may vary from year to year, but they will normally include a faithful and consistent representation of the Realism genre in the 20th century. A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which the novel deals with a vast number of Spanish social problems and from different perspectives, in accordance with the literary generations' changing mindsets.

Spanish Special Subject 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This special subject module, delivered and assessed in Spanish, is concerned with the rise of the Spanish film industry on the global stage, especially since the advent of democracy in the country. In this period, a number of directors (notably Amenabar and Almodovar), actors and films have become emblematic of Spanish culture and society. This module will explore the role that Spanish cinema has played in the fight for freedom of speech, sexual equality, and coming to terms with a recent brutal past. You will therefore gain a critical perspective on many aspects of the evolution of Spanish culture from the end of the Civil War to the end of the Franco dictatorship and into the era of Spanish democracy. The specific movies, whose themes will be studied within the contexts both of Spanish cinema and of the international film industry, may vary from time to time but will typically include such works as "Mar adentro" (2004), "Volver" (2006) and "Lope" (2010).

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