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Management and Spanish BA (Full time) 2017 start

Course information for 2018 start

  • Overview

    This diverse degree will give you the chance to learn about the complex nature of modern businesses while becoming fluent in a major world language. If you have an A-level in Spanish, you’ll explore human behaviour, marketing and finance and gain the skills to manage business organisations, while improving your Spanish and discovering the culture and history of Spain and Latin America.

    Core modules will build your language skills and introduce you to key concepts in business and management. But you’ll also choose from optional modules on an impressive range of topics to shape a degree that suits your interests.

    You could learn Catalan, practice translation or interpreting and explore Spanish cinema, alongside human resource management and employment law. You’ll even spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience of another culture. It’s a great opportunity to gain management skills while learning to communicate with 300 million Spanish-speakers worldwide.

    Specialist facilities

    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.

  • 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 improving your language skills and discovering Spanish and Latin American culture and history, while being introduced to key aspects of management including accounting practices, economics and organisational behaviour. One of our Cornerstone modules will also allow you to draw your two subjects together.

    Through your second year you’ll continue to build your awareness of issues in management, with core modules focusing on marketing and operations. You’ll also choose from optional modules allowing you to study the aspects of each subject that interest you, from corporate social responsibility to Spanish-American literature. But you’ll also be building your language skills so you’re prepared for the following year, when you’ll work or study in a Spanish-speaking country.

    Returning to Leeds for your final year, your language skills will be much sharper. You’ll keep refining them in your advanced language classes, but you’ll also choose from an even wider range of optional modules, including using Spanish in a professional context, diversity management, translation and crime in Latin American culture. You’ll undertake a dissertation as a showcase for the skills you’ve gained.

    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

    • Accounting for Managers 10 credits
    • Organisational Behaviour 20 credits
    • Economics for Management 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

    • 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

    • Marketing 20 credits
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management 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.

    • How Managers Make Decisions 10 credits
    • Business and the Legal Environment 20 credits
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10 credits
    • Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
    • Translation Theory and Practice in a Spanish<>English Context 20 credits
    • The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Strategic Management 20 credits
    • 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.

    • International Marketing 10 credits
    • Marketing Strategy 20 credits
    • Management Decision Making 20 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • Thinking Spain: Sociocultural Issues since the 1898 Crisis to the Present 20 credits
    • Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Management 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 School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields.

    We use a wide variety of teaching methods so you can benefit from their expertise. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However, we attach a lot of importance to independent learning, since this is how you develop critical and research skills.

    Assessment

    Different forms of assessment are also used, including exams and essays. Some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. Support will be available throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on topics like public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in Spanish

    GCSE: Mathematics grade B

    • 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 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 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 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 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

    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 Management and Spanish is varied and demanding, allowing you to develop a wide range of skills that are very attractive to employers.

    Fluency in a world language is highly valuable in itself and opens doors many language-specific career paths as well as working abroad. But you’ll also have a high degree of commercial awareness and transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, analysis and research.

    Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent, resilient and capable of adapting to new environments, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two different subjects.

    Graduates have gone into careers in areas such as sales, marketing, tourism, management, the civil service, education and journalism. Others have pursued further specialised training or postgraduate study in 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