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European Studies and Spanish BA (Full time) 2017 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RR84

Start date:

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £15,750 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes

Overview


Europe is not just a geographical space – it’s a cultural, political and social entity. European Studies allows you to adopt a range of approaches from different disciplines to deepen your understanding of this complex region. Core and optional modules will give you a good understanding of political ideas and the institutions and political systems that make up modern Europe, as well as specialist knowledge of topics that interest you, such as development or the rise of extreme right parties.

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.

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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.

European Studies 

In your first year you’ll study core modules introducing you to political ideas and systems of government around the world. You’ll build on this knowledge in the following year, when you’ll study central government in the UK and policymaking in the EU, as well as choosing optional modules which span beyond European borders to the US, Asia and Africa. You’ll broaden your reach in the final year, studying not just the relationship between Britain and the EU, but the EU’s interactions with the rest of the world.

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

IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Comparative Politics 20 credits
Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas 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

British Central Government 20 credits
Politics and Policy in the EU 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 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.

Linguists into Schools 20 credits
Theories of International Relations 20 credits
Security Studies 20 credits
Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 20 credits
Modern Spain (1868-1975) 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Britain and the EU 20 credits
Europe in the World 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.

British Foreign Policy 20 credits
Parliaments and the Public 20 credits
Cultural Crises in Spanish History from 1898 to the Present 20 credits
Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco 20 credits
Spanish-English Translation 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read European Studies 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


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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 the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above 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 Spanish at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    AAABBB including A 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.

When 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.

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.

International

We accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

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: £15,750 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

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% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

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.

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.

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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.

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Placement opportunities


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 apply for a work placement either with our partner companies or with an organisation of your choice. 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.


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