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Geography and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RL47

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)
Additional cost information

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

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


This varied degree will allow you to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge across different disciplines – fluency in a major world language, an insight into Spanish and Latin American culture and an understanding of how humans interact with the environments they live in.

If you have A-level Spanish, you’ll improve and refine your language skills and be introduced to Spanish and Latin American culture and history. You’ll even spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience. At the same time, you’ll explore complex issues such as the impact of globalization on urban development and population growth.

However, because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. You could learn Catalan, study Spanish regional identities, practice translation or learn about Latin American history alongside service planning, development geographies, migration and international fieldwork modules.

Specialist resources

Leeds offers great facilities 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.

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.


Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.

We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.

On this course the fieldtrips offered are:

  • Level 1 – Leeds
  • Level 2 – Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki
  • Level 3 – Athens, Miami

Real world learning

We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.

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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 spend your first year studying core modules that allow you to improve on your Spanish language skills, explore Spanish and Latin American history and culture and explore key themes and concepts in human geography through a study of Leeds as a city. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules, helping to bring your subjects together.

In your second year, you’ll continue with your language classes and take a core module focusing on economic geography, but you’ll also have the chance to specialise in areas that interest you. You’ll choose from a range of optional modules in each subject such as natural resource management, the Spanish Civil War, population geographies and Hispanic cinema. With this cultural awareness, you’ll be better prepared to spend the following year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country.

When you return to Leeds, you’ll have a new perspective and first-hand experience to inform your final-year studies. You’ll continue with advanced language classes and choose from an even wider range of optional modules in both Spanish and geography, as well as applying the skills you’ve gained to an independently researched 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

Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

Optional modules

Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
LCS Academic Essentials 5 credits
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

Research Methods: Ideas and Practice in Human Geography 30 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2 20 credits

Optional modules

Research Placement 20 credits
Career Skills in Geography 10 credits
Political and Development Geographies 20 credits
Service analysis and planning 20 credits
Geographies of Economies 20 credits
Geographies of Economies (international and discovery students) 10 credits
Helsinki: urban growth and sustainability 20 credits
Montpellier: urban and rural development 20 credits
Belgrade: urban and social geographies of a Balkan city 20 credits
The Making of the Modern City 20 credits
The Making of the Modern City: European and Colonial Capitals 10 credits
The Making of the Modern City: In Search of Utopia 10 credits
Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives 20 credits
Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
Political and Development Geographies: The shaping of the world 10 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits
Issues in Hispanic 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

Advanced Retail Planning 20 credits
Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
Global Cities: Buenos Aires 20 credits
Contested Cities 20 credits
Creating Alternative Futures 20 credits
Advanced Population & Health Geographies 20 credits
Geocomputation and Location Analysis 20 credits
Geographies of Global Insecurities 20 credits
Environment, Conflict and Policy 20 credits
Workplace Co-operative Project 20 credits
Geographers into Teaching: School Placements 20 credits
Global Cities: Miami 20 credits
Dissertation 40 credits
Dissertation (Concise) 20 credits
Research Placement 20 credits
Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
Final Year Project: Dissertation 40 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Essay 20 credits
Final Year Project: Translation 20 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Translation 40 credits
Final Year Project: Digital Documentary 40 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits
From Bolivar to Chavez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
Things Can Only Get Better: The Role of the Arts and Cultural Institutions in Spain's Transition to Democracy (1962-1992) 20 credits
Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco 20 credits
The Crisis of the Spanish Nation? Nationalisms and National Identities in Spain, 1868 - 1978 20 credits
The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America 20 credits
Spanish-English Translation 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
Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
New Media in Latin America 20 credits
Travel Activity and Social Analysis 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Geography 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 Schools of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Geography are home to tutors who are at the forefront of research in their fields.

We use a range of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from our tutors’ expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. However, there’s also an important element of independent learning throughout your degree, since this is where you develop your research and analytical skills.


In addition, we use different types of assessment. These normally involve a mixture of exams and essays, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may also be included. We’ll offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, such as extra classes on public speaking, exam technique and structuring an essay.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in Spanish and preferably including Geography.

GCSE: B (6) 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. Grade 6/B in Mathematics at GCSE is required. 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 and preferably including Geography.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Spanish at Higher Level and 5 in Mathematics at Standard Level. Preferably including Geography at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in Spanish and preferably including Geography.

  • 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. Preferably including Geography.

  • 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

    80% including 85% in Spanish and preferably including Geography.

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, preferably including Geography, 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: BBB at A Level including Spanish and preferably including Geography (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.

Additional cost information

Field classes are optional for BA students. We currently allocate £500 towards the cost of an optional field trip across levels 2 and 3. Additional costs may be incurred.

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 Geography and Spanish will equip you with a breadth of knowledge: fluency in a major world language, intercultural awareness and an understanding of how environments shape and are shaped by human behaviour.

You’ll also leave with a diverse range of skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. You’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources – both quantitative and qualitative – and communicate your findings clearly, whether verbally or in writing.

In addition you’ll have commercial and economic awareness and be comfortable working in a team – although spending time abroad will also show that you’re independent and adaptable. Because you’ll have managed two different subjects, you’ll also have good organisational skills.

Graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers that reflect the skills they gain, including environmental management, education, business and finance, marketing, the civil service, education, journalism, the media and the charity sector. Others move onto postgraduate study, or specialised training 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.

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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

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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