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  • Overview

    Chinese and Spanish are major world languages, spoken in some of the most diverse and vibrant economies on the planet. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this degree will allow you to develop your existing language skills while learning Chinese from scratch.

    Core modules will focus on improving your language skills and introducing you to the history and culture of Chinese and Spanish-speaking societies. On top of those, you’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to explore the topics that interest you across Spain, Latin America and East Asia as a whole.

    With a year in China and a term in Spain to sharpen your language skills, you’ll gain excellent communication skills. But you’ll also be able to study translation and interpreting, try another new language and cover topics as diverse as Latin American cinema, Spain’s transition to democracy, modern Chinese history and Japanese international relations. It’s an exciting way to explore these fascinating cultures.

    Specialist resources

    Leeds offers great facilities for language students. 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.

    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.

  • 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.

    In your first year you’ll take core language modules to improve your Spanish and develop your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Chinese. You’ll also be introduced to the culture and history of China, Spain and Latin America and take one of our Cornerstone modules, which help you bring your two subjects together. You could even try one of the other languages we offer.

    All of this prepares you for your second year, when you’ll study at a Chinese university to build your confidence in day-to-day communication. When you return in year three, you’ll be able to refine these language skills while choosing optional modules from Chinese business to Spanish literature. At the end of the year, you’ll spend a term in Spain to immerse yourself in the culture and experience the Spanish way of life.

    The fourth and final year is where you take advanced language classes in both Spanish and Chinese, while enjoying even more choice in your optional modules. You could learn about specialised uses of each language in a business context, contemporary Chinese literature or Latin American cinema. You’ll also have the choice to apply the skills you’ve gained to an extended essay or research project 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

    Compulsory modules

    • Basic Chinese Language 1 20 credits
    • Basic Chinese Language 2 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • History and Culture of Early Imperial China 10 credits
    • Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits
    • The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America 20 credits
    • Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in China 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 2A 20 credits
    • Chinese 2C 10 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 15 credits
    • Term Abroad 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • Religion in China 20 credits
    • The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 15 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits
    • Final year project

    Optional modules

    • Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development 10 credits
    • Contemporary Chinese Literature 10 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Chinese 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 is home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields. We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, independent study is a major element of the degree, since it allows you to develop research and analytical skills.


    We also use different types of assessment, often including exams and essays. Some modules may also include oral presentations and group work. You’ll have access to support throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues such as public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    including A in Spanish

    • 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. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • BTEC

      We will consider this qualification 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.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 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.

    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 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.


    For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

    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: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    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% in 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 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

    Fluency in two major world languages – both of which are increasingly important in the political and economic spheres – will open doors to a wide range of careers both at home and abroad.

    But a Joint Honours degree in Chinese and Spanish will also equip you with important transferable skills that are attractive to all kinds of employers, such as teamwork, presentation, research, analysis, and cultural awareness. Spending time abroad will also demonstrate that you’re independent and adaptable, and managing two subjects will equip you with organisational skills.

    Graduates have gone into diverse careers including business and finance, education, law, journalism, charity work, publishing and the creative industries. Others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in language-specific fields such as translation and 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 the whole of year two and a term of the following year in China and Spain. It’s the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.

    You’ll spend a year in China, studying a dedicated language course at a university in Taiwan, Beijing or Shanghai. Then you’ll spend a term in Spain, studying a dedicated language course in Léon or Granada. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable experience.

    Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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