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Economics and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RL41

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

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

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (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


If you have an A-level in Spanish, this wide-ranging degree will allow you to become fluent in a major world language and gain an understanding of the economic structures underlying business and society as a whole.

You’ll interpret and analyse economic data and theories, but you’ll also develop your spoken and written Spanish and gain an insight into the cultural contexts in which the language is spoken. You could even learn Catalan or build practical skills like translation and interpreting – and you’ll spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience.

Core modules will develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Spanish, as well as introducing you to key elements of economic theory and equipping you with the numerical skills to succeed. You’ll also choose from an impressive range of optional modules that allows you to follow your interests, from Latin American history and Spanish theatre to the global economy and international trade.

Specialist resources

Leeds offers great facilities for language 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.

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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.

Core modules in your first year will introduce you to key aspects of economic theory, mathematics and statistics while sharpening your Spanish language skills. You’ll also study one of our Cornerstone modules, which helps you bring together the different subjects of your degree.

From this starting point, you’ll build your core skills in the following year with language classes, as well as modules in microeconomics and macroeconomics. You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules in both subjects, allowing you to pursue your interests in topics such as labour and transport economics, Spanish-American literature or Latin American history. But you’ll also prepare for your third year, where you’ll study or work in a Spanish-speaking country.

When you return to Leeds, your experience will give you a fresh perspective for your final year. This is when you’ll take advanced language classes to refine your spoken and written Spanish, as well as an even wider range of optional modules, from international trade and public enterprise to Spanish national identities and Latin American cinema.

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

Economics and Global History 10 credits
Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
Economics Research Methods 10 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Spanish/Portuguese Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Economics 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

Both the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are home to expert tutors who are also at the forefront of research in their fields. To help you benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of different learning styles including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, we also put a lot of emphasis on independent study as an opportunity to gain valuable research and critical skills.


Different forms of assessment are also used. It’s normally exams and essays, but oral presentations or group work may also be used in some modules. We offer plenty of support to help you with different assessment methods – for example, throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking and exam technique.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

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

GCSE: 7/A in Mathematics

  • 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. Grade 7/A in Mathematics at GCSE is also 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 and 5 in Mathematics at Standard 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.

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 ABB at A Level including 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 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.

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.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 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% 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 starting in the 2019/20 academic year 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.

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

A Joint Honours degree in Economics and Spanish will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of careers. Fluency in a major world language can lead you into language-specific roles and working abroad, while you’ll also have a solid understanding of economic principles.

You’ll also have a set of transferable skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. As well as being an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing, you will have strong research skills and be confident working in a team.

You’ll be confident analysing qualitative and quantitative data. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you are independent and resilient, while handling two different subjects will equip you with organisational skills.

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 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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