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French and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you have A-levels in French and Spanish, this degree gives you the chance to develop your skills in two major world languages, as well as gaining an insight into the cultural life of societies across the Francophone and Spanish-speaking worlds.

    You’ll improve your spoken and written French and Spanish in core modules, and you’ll be introduced to the cultural, political and historical contexts in which each language is spoken. Because the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we offer a wide range of optional modules exploring the literature, cinema, philosophy, social issues and histories of Francophone and Spanish-speaking societies.

    You could learn another language from scratch – Catalan, Portuguese, or something unrelated like Japanese, Korean or Hebrew – or pick up practical skills like translating and interpreting. You’ll have the opportunity to shape your degree to suit your interests and gain skills that are highly valued by employers.

    Specialist facilities

    Leeds offers great facilities for French and Spanish 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 Zone 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 optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    You’ll spend your first year taking core modules to consolidate your skills in speaking, reading, writing and listening in both languages. You’ll also be introduced to the cultural context of both languages. You’ll also take one Cornerstone module, which is aimed at helping you make connections between your two subjects, or learn another language if you choose.

    In your second year, once you have this knowledge base, you’ll continue with language classes and you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules. The end of the year will be very different – you’ll spend a term abroad in either a Francophone or Spanish-speaking country, before setting off to spend your third year living in a country where your other language is spoken.

    When you return to Leeds in your final year, you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from further optional modules. You could work on translation or interpreting, postcolonial conflict in the Francophone world, Spain’s transition to democracy or Latin American architecture among others. You’ll also apply the skills you’ve gained to a 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

    Compulsory modules

    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Introduction to Skills in French Translation 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

    • Language in Contexts 15 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 15 credits

    Optional modules

    • The Foundations of Modern French Thought 15 credits
    • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French Fiction 15 credits
    • Linguists into Schools 15 credits
    • Modern Spain (1868-1975) 15 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Francophone Cinema - Postcolonial Images 20 credits
    • The French Novel in the Nineteenth Century 20 credits
    • Spanish-English Translation 20 credits
    • Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read French 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

    Our tutors are experts in diverse fields, and they share their knowledge and experience using a range of teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops. However, independent learning is also a vital element of the degree, encouraging you to conduct independent research and develop your critical and analytical skills.


    Exams and essays are our most common forms of assessment, but some modules may also include group work or oral presentations as assessed components. We do offer plenty of support in these cases – you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as public speaking and exam technique throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in French and 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

      Please contact the Admissions Office.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in French at Higher Level and 6 in Spanish at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French and H2 in Spanish

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • 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 French 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 French 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 French and Spanish 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.

    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

    A Joint Honours degree in French and Spanish allows you to communicate in two major world languages. With Latin America in particular growing economically, this puts you in a great position to explore a wide range of careers.

    Your degree will also equip you with transferable skills that are highly sought by employers – advanced communication, critical and analytical thinking, team work and self-reliance. Spending time abroad will demonstrate that you are adaptable, and you’ll have the organisational skills that come from managing two subjects.

    As a result, graduates have excellent employment prospects and have gone into a wide range of careers in the creative industries, education, business and finance, law, journalism, publishing and charity work. Others have pursued language-based roles in translating and interpreting, or they’ve gone onto further training in these areas.

    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 a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Francophone and Spanish-speaking countries. 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 one country and a term in the other, but it’s up to you where you spend the longer period. On your term abroad you can complete a work placement or study at a partner university. In the year-long residence, you can also decide to teach English. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.

    Read more about French Residence Abroad

    Read more about Spanish Residence Abroad