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International Business and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: 1B49

Start date: September 2017, September 2018

Duration/Mode
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: No

Overview

This wide-ranging degree will give you an insight into how companies successfully run global operations, while allowing you to become fluent in a major world language.

If you have an A-level in Spanish, you’ll be able to develop and refine your language skills while gaining a real understanding of the strategic and operational issues involved in keeping foreign operations both profitable and sustainable. You’ll also have the chance to explore Spanish and Latin-American culture, history and politics.

Core modules will build your language skills and introduce you to key concept and theories in international business. But our degrees are so flexible that you can tailor your programme to suit you, choosing from a diverse range of optional modules.

You could study anything from strategic management and the global economy to regional identities in Spain or Latin-American cinema. It’s a great way to build a broad base of skills that will really stand out to employers.

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.

Accreditation

Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.

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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.

In your first year, you’ll improve your Spanish language skills and explore the culture and history of Spain and Hispanic America. You’ll also be introduced to the key issues and theories in international business, and take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you bring your two subjects together.

From that foundation, you’ll progress to topics like the global economy and management while choosing from a range of optional modules on aspects of Spanish and Latin American history, literature, cinema and politics. You’ll also work on your language skills to prepare for the following year, when you’ll work or study in a Spanish-speaking country.

When you return to Leeds, you’ll refine your spoken and written Spanish in advanced language classes. You’ll also study strategic management, but an even broader selection of optional modules will allow you to discover transnational corporations, Spanish-English translation, Chicano literature and the African diaspora. You’ll apply the critical and research skills you’ve developed to a dissertation on an international business 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

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

Personal Tutorials for International Business 10 credits
Principles of International Business 20 credits
Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits

Optional modules

A sample of the optional modules are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

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 in International Business 20 credits
Managing International Business 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.

Global Business History 20 credits
The International Economic Environment 10 credits
Small Business Internationalisation and Growth 10 credits
Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
The Spanish regional Melting Pot: the old same History? 20 credits
Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

International Business Dissertation 40 credits
International Strategic Management 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3 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.

Transnational Corporations in the World Economy 10 credits
Contemporary Research Topics in International Business 10 credits
Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco 20 credits
From Toussaint to Obama: Resistance in the African Diaspora 20 credits
Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read International Business 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 and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts and leading researchers in their fields.

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from their expertise. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, as well as workshops in some cases. However, we also emphasise independent learning, since it helps you to develop your critical and research skills.

Assessment

Different forms of assessment are also used, including exams and essays. Some modules may also include group work, oral presentations and other forms of coursework. Throughout your time at Leeds, you’ll be able to access support such as extra classes on topics 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: 6/B 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. GCSE Mathematics at grade 6/B is 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: 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 (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.

International

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.

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: £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.

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 International Business and Spanish equips you with a wide range of skills. Not only will you have a broad understanding of how businesses operate worldwide, but you’ll be able to communicate in a major world language. All of this will open doors to a wide range of careers, both in the UK and overseas.

However, you will also have valuable skills that are attractive to all kinds of employers. You’ll have a high level of commercial awareness and excellent communication and presentation skills. You’ll also be confident working in a team and have strong research skills, as well as being able to analyse complex information. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent and adaptable, and you’ll have organisational skills from managing two different subjects.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in different fields. They include management, business and finance, marketing, education, journalism and the civil service. Others go into language-specific roles such as translating and interpreting, or pursue further training in these areas.

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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