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  • Overview

    Spanish is one of the world’s major languages, spoken by more than 300 million people. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this degree will give you the chance to become fluent in the language and engage with the history, culture and politics of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as gaining a sophisticated understanding of British, European and world history.

    You’ll develop your spoken and written Spanish in core modules and choose from a wide range of optional modules, from Catalan language to Latin American literature and translation studies. You can take modules in Spanish and Latin American history throughout your degree to complement your studies in history, or take a more varied approach.

    At the same time, you’ll conduct research to explore different historical themes in societies around the world. You can also take optional modules on topics such as the Crusades, the slave trade or Chartism. It’s a flexible degree allowing you to gain a wide range of skills.

    Specialist resources

    Leeds has plenty of high quality resources for historians and language students. The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a full training programme to help you make the most of them.

    Digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) are all available in our fully-equipped Language Centre. There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

    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.

    In your first year core modules will improve your written and spoken Spanish and introduce you to key aspects of historical study, such as historiography. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, which helps to draw the two subjects together.

    The following year will allow you to build on that knowledge base, as you choose from optional modules in each subject. You could study history topics reaching from the fall of Rome to the 20th century and spanning the globe. At the same time, you’ll choose from Hispanic cinema, regional identities in Spain, translation and more. But you’ll work on your language skills too to prepare for your third year, when you’ll work or study in a Spanish-speaking country.

    By the time you return to Leeds for your final year, you’ll have gained valuable cultural awareness and sharper language skills. You’ll build on these in advanced language classes and choose from an even broader range of optional modules in both subjects. You’ll also have the chance to demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired, when you undertake a dissertation or extended essay 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

    • Historiography and Historical Skills 20 credits
    • Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • World Histories 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

    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Rule and Reform under Charlemagne and his Successors, 768-987 20 credits
    • The Tudors: Princes, Politics, and Piety, 1485-1603 20 credits
    • Charles the Great to Alfred the Great: Franks, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in the Ninth Century 20 credits
    • Conquerors and Conquered: England, 1000-1135 20 credits
    • Britain and Decolonisation - from the Western Front to the Present Day 20 credits
    • Life and Death in British India, 1690-1871 20 credits
    • Black Politics from Emancipation to Obama 20 credits
    • Modern Spanish-American Literature 20 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

    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Dividing India: The Road to Democracy in South Asia, 1939-1952 40 credits
    • Tradition and Modernity in Colonial Africa: Uganda's Kingdoms 1862-1964 40 credits
    • The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 40 credits
    • The Soviet Sixties: Politics and Society in the USSR, 1953-1968 40 credits
    • The Tudor Discovery of Russia, 1553-1603 40 credits
    • Colonising Animals: More-than-Human Histories of Empire in Asia 40 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • New Media in Latin America 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read History 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

    At university you’ll benefit from a range of teaching and learning styles so you can make the most of your tutors’ expertise. We use lectures, seminars and tutorials, though workshops are also used in some modules. However, independent learning is also an important element of your degree – it’s an opportunity for you to develop your skills in research and analytical thinking.


    We also use a variety of assessment types, which normally include exams and essays. However, group work and oral presentations may also be assessed components of some modules. We offer plenty of support to help you handle assessments, and you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics like public speaking and exam technique throughout your time at Leeds.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB including A in History and A in Spanish excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

    • 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 History and M1 in Spanish.

    • International Baccalaureate

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

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in History and H2 in Spanish

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in History 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 History 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 History and A in Spanish (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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 History 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.

    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 History and Spanish equips you with an impressive range of skills.

    Fluency in a major world language can open many doors on its own, leading to language-specific careers and working abroad. But you’ll also have strong research skills and be able to think critically about information from a wide range of sources and present your conclusions clearly. You’ll be independent and comfortable within a team and you’ll have good organisational skills. Spending a year abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient. In addition, studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to become intellectually versatile as you switch between different disciplines.

    Graduates have gone into a wide range of careers in the creative industries, business and finance, education, law, journalism, publishing and the charity sector. Others have pursued postgraduate study in one or both of their subjects, or specialised training 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