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  • Overview

    Spanish is spoken in 23 countries by over 300 million people. Italian is an official language of the EU spoken in one of its major economies. This degree will allow you to become fluent in both languages while gaining an appreciation of their vibrant cultural, political and historical contexts.

    With an A-level in Spanish, you’ll learn Italian from scratch and explore the politics, geography, literature, history, cinema and social issues of the Italian and Spanish-speaking worlds.

    You’ll take core modules in both languages, and you’ll spend a year in Italy as well as a term in Spain to develop your skills. But because our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is so large and diverse, we can offer an impressive variety of optional modules allowing you to pursue your interests.

    You could try another completely new language or study translation, the Spanish Civil War, the Italian Renaissance, Latin American cinema or minority languages in Italy.

    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.

    You’ll spend your first year improving your Spanish and getting to grips with Italian through intensive language classes, as well as being introduced to Italian and Spanish history and culture. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules to bring the two subjects together – or you’ll have the choice to try one of the other languages we offer from scratch. You could try Catalan or Portuguese, or something less directly related such as Punjabi, Mandarin or Hebrew.

    By the following year, you’ll have a firm foundation on which you’ll build through further language modules. But you’ll also be able to choose from optional modules on topics such as Dante, Hispanic cinema and regional identities in each country. You’ll also prepare for your time abroad, which begins with a term in Spain in your second year and the whole of your third year in Italy.

    When you return to Leeds, your language skills will be much sharper and you’ll have a deeper appreciation both cultures. You’ll refine your language skills in advanced classes and you could try translation or interpreting, as well as choosing from an even wider selection of optional modules – from the African diaspora in Spanish and identity in Chicano culture to Italian crime fiction or minority languages. You’ll also have the option to apply your skills 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

    • Beginners Italian 1 20 credits
    • Beginners Italian 2 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Art and Literature in Medieval and Renaissance Italy: An Introduction 10 credits
    • Italy from Fascism to the Present 10 credits
    • Fictions of Fascism (B): Watching the Detectives 10 credits
    • Italian Cinema: An Introduction 10 credits
    • World Histories 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

    Compulsory modules

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

    Optional modules

    • Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy 15 credits
    • Power, Pain and Beauty: Introduction to the Art and Literature of the Italian Renaissance 15 credits
    • Italy: Regions, Identities and Nation 15 credits
    • Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinemas 15 credits
    • Modern Spanish-American Literature 15 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Italy 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

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

    Optional modules

    • Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories 20 credits
    • 'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern 20 credits
    • Dark Italy: Italian Crime Fiction 20 credits
    • A Year With 366 Days: A Journey Through Petrarch's Canzoniere 20 credits
    • Made in Italy. Italian for Business 20 credits
    • Spanish-English Translation 20 credits
    • Is Spain white? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain 20 credits
    • Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
    • New Media in Latin America 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Italian B 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 expert tutors who are at the forefront of research in their disciplines. We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from their expertise.

    These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but workshops may also be included in some modules. However, independent study is an integral part of the degree, since this is where you develop important research and analytical skills.


    We also use different types of assessment. Exams and essays are among the most common, but some modules may also include oral presentations and group work. Support will be on hand 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.


    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


    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 Italian and Spanish can lead to a wide range of careers. Fluency in two major world languages opens doors to working abroad, as well language-based roles. You’ll also have a broad base of transferable skills that employers value.

    You’ll be an excellent communicator with good presentation and teamwork skills, as well as being a confident researcher. Spending time abroad demonstrates that you’re independent, adaptable and resilient, and managing two subjects will equip you with organisational skills.

    Graduates have pursued careers in a number of areas such as the creative industries, journalism, business and finance, education, law, publishing and the charity sector. Others have pursued further training or postgraduate study in language-based 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 a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year in Italy 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 term in Spain, studying a dedicated language course at a Spanish university. Then you’ll spend a year in Italy, where you can also study but may also decide to teach English or undertake a work placement. Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable experience.

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

    Read more about Italian Residence Abroad