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Economics and Spanish BA (Full time) 2017 start

  • Overview

    If you have an A-level in Spanish, this wide-ranging degree will allow you to become fluent in a major world language and gain an understanding of the economic structures underlying business and society as a whole.

    You’ll interpret and analyse economic data and theories, but you’ll also develop your spoken and written Spanish and gain an insight into the cultural contexts in which the language is spoken. You could even learn Catalan or build practical skills like translation and interpreting – and you’ll spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience.

    Core modules will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish, as well as introducing you to key elements of economic theory and equipping you with the numerical skills to succeed. You’ll also choose from an impressive range of optional modules that allows you to follow your interests, from Latin American history and Spanish theatre to the global economy and international trade.

    Specialist resources

    Leeds offers great facilities for language students. The most exciting resources we have are the cultural branches of the governments of Spain and Portugal – the Cervantes and Camões Institutes have branches on campus, as does the cultural arm of the Catalan autonomous government, the Ramon Llull Institute.

    The institutes seek to promote language teaching and greater understanding of Spanish-speaking, Lusophone and Catalan cultures around the world. Working with our degree programmes, they host many cultural events and academic activities for our students.

    In addition our fully-equipped Language Centre hosts digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting, and our Electronic Resource Information Centre houses specialised computing facilities to support translation studies.


  • Course content

    A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key aspects of economic theory, mathematics and statistics while sharpening your Spanish language skills. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, which helps you bring together the different subjects of your degree.

    From this starting point, you’ll build your core skills in the following year with language classes, as well as modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects, allowing you to pursue your interests in topics such as labour and transport economics, Spanish-American literature or Latin American history. But you’ll also prepare for your third year, where you’ll study or work in a Spanish-speaking country.

    When you return to Leeds, your experience will give you a fresh perspective for your final year. This is when you’ll take advanced language classes to refine your spoken and written Spanish, as well as an even wider range of optional modules, from international trade and public enterprise to Spanish national identities and Latin American cinema.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more example optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Economics and Global History 10 credits
    • Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available..

    • Mathematics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Statistics for Economics and Business 1 10 credits
    • Mathematical Economics 10 credits
    • The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America 20 credits
    • Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
    • Introduction to Econometrics 10 credits
    • Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 20 credits

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Britain 10 credits
    • Explanation in Economics 10 credits
    • Applied Economics 10 credits
    • Linguists into Schools 20 credits
    • Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
    • Modern Spain (1868-1975) 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

    • Introduction to the Economic Evaluation of Health 10 credits
    • International Banking and Finance 10 credits
    • The Political Economy of Work 10 credits
    • Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy 20 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • The Origins of the Spanish Civil War 20 credits
    • Spanish-English Translation 20 credits
    • New Media in Latin America 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Economics and Spanish BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Both the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are home to expert tutors who are also at the forefront of research in their fields. To help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of different learning styles including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, we also put a lot of emphasis on independent study as an opportunity to gain valuable research and critical skills.

    Assessment

    Different forms of assessment are also used. It’s normally exams and essays, but oral presentations or group work may also be used in some modules. We offer plenty of support to help you with different assessment methods – for example, throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in Spanish excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

    GCSE: A in Mathematics

    • Access to HE Diploma

      Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. Grade A in Mathematics at GCSE is also required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Spanish.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Spanish at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB including A in Spanish.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in Spanish and AABBB in Highers, or A in Spanish in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

    • Welsh Baccalaureate

      The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

    • Other Qualifications

      European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Spanish.


    Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

    When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    Alternative entry

    We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

    Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

    Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

    Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    English language requirements

    IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

    Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

    Admissions policy

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    Fees

    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £15,750 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

    Read more about paying fees and charges.

    Additional cost information

    There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

    Financial support

    If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

  • Career opportunities

    A Joint Honours degree in Economics and Spanish will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of careers. Fluency in a major world language can lead you into language-specific roles and working abroad, while you’ll also have a solid understanding of economic principles.

    You’ll also have a set of transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. As well as being an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, you will have strong research skills and be confident working in a team.

    You’ll be confident analysing qualitative and quantitative data. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and resilient, while handling two different subjects will equip you with organisational skills.

    Careers support

    We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

    Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

    The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

  • Study abroad and work placements

    Residence abroad

    You’ll spend your third year in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

    We have partnerships with a number of universities in Spain and Latin America where you could study, or you could undertake a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

    Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into a Spanish-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies