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  • Overview

    Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and Spanish-speaking countries around the world are known for their economic potential and rich cultures. This degree will help you become proficient in the language, as well as gaining an insight into the cultural life of these dynamic and exciting countries.

    Our tutors are experts in their fields, and because we’re such a big department we can offer flexible degrees with plenty of choice. Core modules will improve your spoken and written Spanish, as well as introducing you to the culture and history of Spain and the Spanish-speaking world.

    You’ll also be able to shape your degree by selecting optional modules on topics such as the Spanish Civil War, Hispanic and Lusophone cinema and contemporary Spanish culture and politics. You can choose to learn Catalan language and culture, and gain practical skills in translation studies. It’s a great opportunity to explore the Hispanic world’s vibrant and complex cultures.

    Specialist facilities

    Leeds offers great facilities for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies 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 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.

  • Course content

    You’ll spend your first year practising your written and spoken Spanish skills in core language modules, as well as being introduced to key aspects of Spanish and Latin American culture or choosing to learn Catalan. You’ll then build on this knowledge with a wider range of optional modules to choose from in the following year, including topics such as Spanish and Latin American history, translation, literature, cinema and theatre.

    All of this serves to prepare you for spending a year studying in a Spanish-speaking country, sharpening your language skills and absorbing the culture of your local community.

    When you come back to Leeds, you’ll return with first-hand experience to shape your studies, as you take advanced language classes and select from more optional modules, from the use of Spanish in a business context to national and regional identities in Spain. You can also apply the critical skills you’ve developed to an extended essay or dissertation, which you will research independently.

    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

    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits
    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits
    • Essay Project in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies 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

    • Research Placement 20 credits
    • Linguists into Schools 20 credits
    • Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema 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
    • Catalan Language and Culture II 20 credits
    • The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 20 credits
    • Modern Spain (1868-1975) 20 credits
    • Spanish Literature and Theatre 20 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad 120 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • From Bolivar to Chavez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
    • Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
    • Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco 20 credits
    • The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America 20 credits
    • Catalan Language and Culture III 20 credits
    • Viva! Contemporary Film Industries of Latin America and the Marketing of 'Latin American-ness' 20 credits
    • Is Spain White? Nation, Immigration and Performance in Spain 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read 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

    We use a range of different learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

    Independent study is crucial to the degree – it allows you to develop your research skills and critical thinking. We have excellent library resources that you can draw upon, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you use them effectively.


    In some modules group work or oral presentations may form part of your assessment, but exams and essays are the most common methods we use. We do offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, public speaking, structuring essays and other issues.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: ABB 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

      M1, M1, M1 including Spanish.

    • International Baccalaureate

      34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Spanish

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 including H2 in Spanish

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers including Spanish and AABBB in Highers, or B in Spanish in Advanced Highers and AAABB 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: 77% 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 ABC 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: BBC at A Level including B in 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 degree in Spanish gives you proficiency in a global language that is spoken in many major economies. It also gives you an appreciation of their cultures and helps you to consider the language in context.

    These qualities could open numerous doors in themselves, but you’ll also acquire a range of transferable skills that are highly desirable to employers. You’ll be a clear communicator with strong presentation skills, as well as being a critical thinker who draws your own conclusions from the information available to you. Your year abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable, while you’ll have skills in teamwork, research and time management.

    Graduates have gone into careers in a wide range of careers both in the UK and overseas. They include retail, education, marketing, administration, teaching, business and finance and journalism. Others go into language-based roles such as translation or interpreting, or pursue further training in this area.

    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

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