Spanish and Sport Science BA (Joint Hons)
You study a total of 120 credits in each year. Half the credits are completed within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences (SHES) and half in the School of Modern Languages.
The Sport Science element of this degree provides students with the intellectual and practical (laboratory/testing) skills that will enable them to ask relevant questions in sport science and apply appropriate research skills. This will further enable them to recognise how they might apply their academic and practical skills to work within the wider community, developing their capabilities through new experiences.
The Spanish aspect of the course will give you advanced skills in the Spanish language, and a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history that go with it. The Spanish course has language at the heart of it, with core modules developing the key oral, aural and written skills every year. These modules also foster cultural awareness, which you will need for your year abroad, and later on, for the world of work.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework, Bangor University was the only university in Wales to be awarded Gold.
Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences:
- You’ll be studying at a research-led Sport Science School – 7th in the UK (REF 2014);
- Ranked 8th in the UK for studemt satisfaction in the Sport Science subject area (NSS, 2017);
- Top 10 in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2018)
- We are rated 10th in the UK for overall quality (Guardian University Guide 2017);
- Rated 15th (of 78) in the UK for overall quality (Times Good University Guide 2018);
- We are internationally renowned for our work in Sport Science;
- This course draws on expertise from staff who are leading researchers in their fields;
- We have close links with UK Sport, the England and Wales Cricket Board, England Rugby and the Ministry of Defense (to name a few).
Modern Languages and Cultures:
- We consistently rank amongst the highest rated schools in its subject area in the National Student Survey.
- Our size means that we offer learning on a human scale, in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students.
- At the same time, our very large and varied range of option modules enables you to tailor your degree to your personal needs.
- Some options are taught through the medium of Spanish, others through English.
- Bangor's Modern Language graduates have a very good track record in gaining employment.
- Degree structures are flexible, allowing you to change your degree at the end of year 1 if you wish.
Key Facts from UniStats
I couldn’t have asked for more, excellent teaching environment with very knowledgeable lecturers in their respective fields.Andreas Mavrommatis
What will you study on this course?
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Spanish and Sport Science Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
The Sport Science aspect of the course is ideal preparation for careers in sport science, research, fitness/leisure management, sports administration, coaching and instruction, sports development, sports therapy/physiotherapy, teaching, the armed or emergency services, sports journalism, youth work and management consultancy. All courses in the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences will prepare you for a career as a sport scientist, working with squads of elite athletes and performers to fine tune their training; sport science research; working in the public health sector, for example in sports therapy or physiotherapy; or working in the health/fitness industry generally. Postgraduate study and a career in teaching (after completing a postgraduate certificate of education), research and lecturing is another vocational route. There are also some specific career opportunities for different degrees listed with the course details.
Studying Modern Languages opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many Bangor Modern Languages graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media. The skills you learn whilst studying languages - cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis - are valued highly by employers from all sectors of the economy.
Employability and Modern Languages and Cultures degrees
Studying Modern Languages opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many Bangor Modern Languages graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media. The skills you learn whilst studying languages – cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis – are valued highly by employers from all sectors of the economy.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.
The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.
Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.
Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.
The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
General University entry requirements
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.
Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.
EU and International students' entry requirements
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
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- Full time: £9,000 per year
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
- Years 1, 2 & 4: £9,000 per year
- Year 3 (year abroad): £1,350
- Part time: £750 per 10 credits
When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for guest tickets (£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
- Textbook for beginners, A Spanish Learning Grammar (compulsory): £25
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £21
- Spanish reference grammar (not compulsory): £25
Reading material for optional modules (all languages): a booklet is provided in most modules at no extra cost. When this is not the case, there are copies of the books in the library and/or online links are made available (e.g. free online platforms such as Project Gutenberg). When purchased, individual books would not normally exceed £10 (average of £40 if all books are bought for a module).
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students will need to pay for travel to and from year abroad placements (varying according to destination) but will receive an Erasmus+ grant that will provide a significant contribution to travel and living costs during their year abroad.
Graduation reception (i.e. event after the official ceremony) is free to attend for each student and two guests. Additional guests have to pay approximately £10.
Project: Printing of posters = £20 (if submitted before deadline) or £28 (if submitted late).
Students will also need to purchase a memory stick or compact disc to store their project data for submission.
You will spend one year abroad as part of your course which will require additional travel and living costs.
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Project: Students may choose to travel to collect data for their projects.
Students may choose to complete a project with costs (e.g. lab consumables). The first £50 is paid for by the School. Any additional costs will be met by the student.
Students may choose to work with vulnerable participants requiring them to complete a DBS check (£44).
Graduation Tea is free of charge to all graduates but additional tickets may be purchased for friends and family at £10 per head.
Optional extra-curricular courses, e.g. Gym Instructors Course approx. £500; First Aid Course approx. £30-£100; National Governing Body Award qualifications at £100-£500 per course.
We do not require students to submit a bound copy of their dissertation.
How to apply through UCASApply online via UCAS
UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.
Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.
The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.
When to apply?
We advise you to apply as early as you can as we will start considering applications and making offers straight away. The initial UCAS deadline for UK and EU students is 15 January, however we welcome applications after this date. Those received between 15 January and 30 June will continue to be forwarded to universities by UCAS and will receive consideration where places are still available.
Your Personal Statement
Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.
To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.
Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.
After you’ve applied
You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.
You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.
If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.
As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can:
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.
The University’s International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.
Confused about your next steps?
Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.
Why study a Modern Languages and Cultures degree?
Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor means learning on a human scale; we offer facilities equal or superior to those found in many larger universities, but in an environment where everybody – students and staff – gets to know each other quickly, and where there’s always someone to turn to. You are never “just a name” in our department.
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My Year Abroad
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Studying at Bangor
Rated Gold for teaching
We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A top 10 university
The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.
Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK
Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.
Award-winning clubs and societies!
Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.
Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.
Bangor is the most affordable place in the UK to be a student (TotalMoney 2019).
Investment in facilities
Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.
Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence
We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.
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