Diploma of Spanish

Undergraduate degree

Develop your Spanish language skills and cultural understanding. You'll gain a global perspective and boost your employability.

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Domestic student information

Key facts


3 years part-time

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Whether you are brushing up or starting from scratch with a whole new language, Deakin's Diploma of Spanish is a great complement to your studies in any discipline. Through this diploma, you will learn communication skills in Spanish and develop an understanding of Spanish culture and ways of life, plus you will gain a global perspective and boost your employability.

Gain fluency by taking part in activities across a range of topics focusing on grammar, lexicons, vocabulary and sentence structure. You will also learn about cultural, historical sociolinguistic and political dimensions of the societies and cultures that make up the Spanish speaking world. 

Do you want to develop your language skills to build a global career?

Spanish is a major international language with more than 400-million speakers on five continents. It's the national language of more than 20 countries and the third most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin and English). Our Spanish language program allows you to gain proficiency in Spanish and provides insights into Spanish culture and ways of life.

An optional in-country language program gives you the opportunity to spend time overseas studying the language and culture.

In-country study

The in-country language program gives you the opportunity to spend time overseas studying language and culture in its own environment. You will develop further proficiency in Spanish, learning to converse, read and write about more complex topics and build upon your knowledge of grammar.

For more information about the in-country language program please refer to the work-integrated learning website or contact the WIL team.

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Course information

Award granted
Diploma of Spanish

2024 course information

Deakin code
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 5

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Diploma of Spanish, a student must successfully complete;

  • 8 credit points from the specified list of units below and;
  • Academic Integrity Module DAI001
  • Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Spanish major sequence

For students with no prior language study.

Level 1

  • Hola!: Welcome to the Hispanic World, Its Language and Cultures
  • Spanish and You: Spanish for Everyday Life
  • Level 2

  • Building Language Skills for Real Life Spanish Use
  • Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World Through Its Arts, Histories and Cultures
  • Spanish in Diverse Contexts: Language and Societies in the Spanish Speaking World
  • Level 3

  • Getting into the Flow: Building Fluency and Competency in Spanish
  • Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World
  • Engaging the Contemporary Hispanic World with Fluency
  • Spanish major sequence

    For students who have completed Spanish at Year 12 or equivalent (non-background speakers) begins at second level and consists of the following units:

    Level 1

  • Building Language Skills for Real Life Spanish Use
  • Introduction to the Spanish-Speaking World Through Its Arts, Histories and Cultures
  • Spanish in Diverse Contexts: Language and Societies in the Spanish Speaking World
  • Level 2

  • Getting into the Flow: Building Fluency and Competency in Spanish
  • Cultures of Resistance in the Spanish - Speaking World
  • Engaging the Contemporary Hispanic World with Fluency
  • Level 3

  • Popular Culture and Society in Languages *
  • Advanced Writing and Translation Skills in Languages ^
  • Notes:
    * AIX300 replaces ALS360
    ^ AIX301 replaces ALS370

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Online

    Trimester 2* - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

      * Trimester 2 intake is only available to students with no prior language study

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • current enrolment in a bachelor degree or higher
    • successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent
    • completion of a certificate IV in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of diploma in a related discipline
    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

     Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $4,445 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.  Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.  You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the handbook.  Learn more about fees and available payment options on our Current students fees website.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

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    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Get a unique edge in the global job market

    Learn the 3rd most widely spoken language in the world

    Explore the Spanish language with overseas study

    Graduate job ready with practical language experience

    Career outcomes

    The Diploma of Spanish will equip you with skills in the Spanish language that will give you a competitive edge and expand your employment options far beyond Australian shores to exciting and challenging positions in Latin America and Spain.

    Adding an international aspect to your degree can open doors to better career opportunities in:

    • the arts
    • business or trade
    • diplomacy or security
    • education
    • foreign policy
    • health
    • international development
    • IT or engineering
    • sciences.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Critically analyse language systems (pronunciation, grammar, syntax, and sociolinguistic practices) and culture, and apply these to the language of study


    Communicate effectively in the language of study in a range of contexts using appropriate grammar, syntax, pronunciation and sociolinguistic practices in the language of study

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate online technologies and new media for engagement with authentic material in the language of study, as well as for autonomous language study

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate information relating to and expressed in the language of study including analysing relevant socio-cultural contexts

    Problem solving

    Identify linguistic and sociolinguistic problems and apply knowledge of the systems of the language of study to propose solutions


    Apply a range of short- and long-term strategies in order to maintain and progress engagement with the language of study


    Collaborate with others to address challenges in specific cultural and linguistic contexts

    Global citizenship

    Using the language of study, analyse issues in diverse global contexts

    Approved by Faculty Board November 2021