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German and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview


    This flexible degree allows you to become fluent in German while exploring literature, cinema, philosophy, politics, history or specialised uses of language. Core modules will improve your language skills and introduce you to German culture and society, but you’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as translation, using German in a professional context and representations of war and conflict.

    At Leeds, you can become fluent in Spanish while gaining an insight into the history, culture and politics of Spain and Latin America. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America, and you’ll choose optional modules on topics that interest you. You’ll also benefit from the Spanish government’s cultural arm, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Catalan government’s Ramon Llull Institute, which are based on campus.

    Specialist facilities

    The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

    If you’re choosing to study a language as part of your Joint Honours degree, our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • 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 study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.

    German 

    You’ll sharpen your language skills in your first year, as well as exploring German culture, history or translation. Following this you’ll continue with core language study and choose from optional modules on topics such as German cinema or politics in the ‘Berlin Republic’. All of this will prepare you to spend your time abroad working or studying in a German-speaking country. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from further options, including the use of German as a professional language.

    Spanish 

    In your first year you’ll improve your language skills and explore the history or culture of Spain and Latin America. Following this you’ll develop your knowledge as you choose from optional modules on topics such as translation or Spanish literature. You’ll also continue with language study to prepare for studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country. When you return you’ll take advanced language classes and choose further optional modules on topics that span Hispanic and Latin American politics, history and culture.

     

    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

    • German Core Language 1 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.

    • Introduction to Modern Germany 20 credits
    • Approaching German Culture 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits
    • Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
    • Worlds of Literature 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 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

    You will spend a term abroad in either a German-speaking country or a Spanish-speaking country.

    Compulsory modules

    • German Core Language 2 15 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 15 credits
    • Term Abroad 30 credits

    Optional modules

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

    • Applied German Language 15 credits
    • Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic' 15 credits
    • The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich 15 credits
    • Modern Spanish-American Literature 15 credits
    • Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 15 credits
    • Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema 15 credits

    Year 3

    You will spend a year abroad in either a German-speaking country or a Spanish-speaking country. If you have spent your term abroad in year 2 in a German-speaking country, your will spend year 3 in a Spanish-speaking country, and vice-versa.

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • German Core Language 3 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.

    • Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture 20 credits
    • Contemporary German Cinema 20 credits
    • War Imagined: Cultural Representations of War and Conflict in Germany 20 credits
    • The German Student Movement 20 credits
    • Cultural Crises in Spanish History from 1898 to the Present 20 credits
    • From Bolivar to Chavez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
    • Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco 20 credits
    • The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read German 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 their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.

    We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.

    Assessment


    We also use different types of assessment. Usually we use a mixture of exams and essays, but you may also be assessed on oral presentations or group work in some modules. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking if you need them.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in German 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 German at Higher Level and 6 in Spanish at Higher Level

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in German 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 German 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 German and A in Spanish and grade A in the EPQ.

    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 German and Spanish and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a wide 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

    Fees

    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


    Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that you’re intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.

    You’ll have good research skills, and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.

    All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They’ve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.

    To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.

    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 between a Spanish and a German-speaking country. 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 study placement at a partner university.

    For your year abroad, we have partnerships with a number of Spanish, Latin American and German universities where you could study through an exchange agreement, or you could apply for a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

    Read more about the German residence abroad

    Read more about the Spanish residence abroad


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