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Geography and Spanish BA (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    This varied degree will allow you to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge across different disciplines – fluency in a major world language, an insight into Spanish and Latin American culture and an understanding of how humans interact with the environments they live in.

    If you have A-level Spanish, you’ll improve and refine your language skills and be introduced to Spanish and Latin American culture and history. You’ll even spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience. At the same time, you’ll explore complex issues such as the impact of globalization on urban development and population growth.

    However, because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. You could learn Catalan, study Spanish regional identities, practice translation or learn about Latin American history alongside service planning, development geographies, migration and international fieldwork modules.

    Specialist resources

    Leeds offers great facilities for SPLAS 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.


    Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.

    We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.

    On this course the fieldtrips offered are:

    • Level 1 – Leeds
    • Level 2 – Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki
    • Level 3 – Athens, Miami

    Real world learning

    We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.

  • 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.

    You’ll spend your first year studying core modules that allow you to improve on your Spanish language skills, explore Spanish and Latin American history and culture and explore key themes and concepts in human geography through a study of Leeds as a city. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules, helping to bring your subjects together.

    In your second year, you’ll continue with your language classes and take a core module focusing on economic geography, but you’ll also have the chance to specialise in areas that interest you. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules in each subject such as natural resource management, the Spanish Civil War, population geographies and Hispanic cinema. With this cultural awareness, you’ll be better prepared to spend the following year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

    When you return to Leeds, you’ll have a new perspective and first-hand experience to inform your final-year studies. You’ll continue with advanced language classes and choose from an even wider range of optional modules in both Spanish and geography, as well as applying the skills you’ve gained to an independently researched dissertation on a topic of your choice.

    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 examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

    Compulsory modules

    • Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
    • People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 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.

    • Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits
    • Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
    • The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America 20 credits
    • Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A 20 credits
    • Catalan Language and Culture I 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Research Methods in Human Geography 20 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.

    • Service analysis and planning 20 credits
    • Inside European Cities 20 credits
    • Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives 20 credits
    • Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
    • Modern Spanish-American Literature 20 credits
    • Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
    • The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 20 credits
    • Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema 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.

    • Travel Activity and Social Analysis 20 credits
    • Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
    • Environment, Conflict and Policy 20 credits
    • Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
    • Cultural Crises in Spanish History from 1898 to the Present 20 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America 20 credits
    • New Media in Latin America 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Geography 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

    The Schools of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Geography are home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

    We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, there’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree, since this is where you develop your research and analytical skills.


    In addition, we use different types of assessment. These normally involve a mixture of exams and essays, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may also be included. We’ll offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on public speaking, exam technique and structuring an essay.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in Geography and A in Spanish.

    GCSE: B 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. Grade B in Mathematics at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be 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 Geography and M1 in Spanish.

    • International Baccalaureate

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

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      AAAABB including A in Geography and A in Spanish.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in Geography and B in Spanish 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 Geography and 85% in Spanish.

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

    Where 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 AAC at A Level including A in Geography and A in Spanish 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 Geography and Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and pass Access to Leeds.


    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


    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 for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to 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

    The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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

    Field classes are optional for BA students. We currently allocate £500 towards the cost of an optional field trip across levels 2 and 3. Additional costs may be incurred.

    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 Geography and Spanish will equip you with a breadth of knowledge: fluency in a major world language, intercultural awareness and an understanding of how environments shape and are shaped by human behaviour.

    You’ll also leave with a diverse range of skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. You’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources – both quantitative and qualitative – and communicate your findings clearly, whether verbally or in writing.

    In addition you’ll have commercial and economic awareness and be comfortable working in a team – although spending time abroad will also show that you’re independent and adaptable. Because you’ll have managed two different subjects, you’ll also have good organisational skills.

    Graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers that reflect the skills they gain, including environmental management, education, business and finance, marketing, the civil service, education, journalism, the media and the charity sector. Others move onto postgraduate study, or specialised training in language-based fields such as translation or interpreting.

    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