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Linguistics and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QR14

Start date: 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

Linguistics is the study of how language works – how it is structured, used and understood. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this degree will allow you to become fluent in a major world language and put it in the context of language as a universal human attribute.

Core modules will introduce you to key themes and approaches in linguistics, as well as developing your language skills. You’ll also choose from a variety of optional modules, allowing you to pursue your interests in Spanish and Latin American culture alongside language change or phonology. You could even choose to learn Catalan or gain skills in translation or interpreting.

Spanning the arts and the sciences, this degree will give you lots of choice while equipping you with a broad base of valuable skills that will help you stand out to employers. From the physical production of speech sounds to the Spanish Civil War, you’ll find there’s a lot to discover at Leeds.

Specialist facilities

Leeds has some fantastic resources for the study of linguistics, phonetics and languages. The most exciting resources we have in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) 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.

We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research. We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research.

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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 work on your written and spoken Spanish, as well as taking introductory modules on the key concepts and approaches in linguistics and the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America. You’ll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you draw the two subjects together.

You’ll build on this foundation in your second year, when core modules will cover phonetics and syntax but you’ll also have a choice of optional modules, on topics from Spanish literature and theatre to language and gender and language acquisition. However, you’ll also improve your language skills to prepare for the following year, which you’ll spend studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country.

When you return to Leeds, you’ll start your final year with a new perspective and sharper language skills to refine in advanced language classes. But you’ll also have an even broader selection of optional modules to choose from in both subjects, meaning you really can follow your interests. You’ll apply the skills you’ve gained to an independently researched dissertation in either subject.

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

Language: Meaning and Use 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 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.

Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Worlds of Literature 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits
The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America 20 credits
Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Phonetics 20 credits
Syntax 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.

Psycholinguistics 20 credits
The Life Cycle of Languages 20 credits
Representation, Identity and Control 20 credits
Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 20 credits
Translation Theory and Practice in a Spanish<>English Context 20 credits
Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

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.

Language and Gender 20 credits
Language Processing 20 credits
How Texts Work 20 credits
Spanish in an Economic and Business Context 20 credits
Viva! Contemporary Film Industries of Latin America and the Marketing of 'Latin American-ness' 20 credits
New Media in Latin America 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Linguistics 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

We use different teaching and learning methods so you can benefit from the expertise of our tutors. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, but workshops may also be included in some modules. However, but we put a lot of emphasis on independent study as your chance to develop research and analytical skills.

Assessment

Similarly, we assess your progress using a variety of methods. Exams and essays are most commonly used, but some modules may also include oral presentations and group work. We offer plenty of support, too – throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on public speaking, exam technique and other issues.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB 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

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Spanish

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in Spanish at Higher 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 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 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 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to 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

The UK government has also 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 Linguistics and Spanish equips you with a wide range of skills. You’ll be fluent in an important world language, which can lead into diverse careers in the UK and beyond.

However, you’ll also have valuable transferable skills that are very attractive to employers. You’ll have good research skills, and because linguistics spans arts and sciences you’ll be confident using quantitative and qualitative methods. You’ll be able to solve problems and analyse information from different sources – and you’ll have advanced communication skills allowing you to present your views clearly.

Spending time abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient, and you’ll be capable or working independently or in a team. Because you’ve handled two different subjects, you’ll also have great organisational skills.

Graduates have gone into varying careers in journalism, law, advertising and marketing, education and publishing both within and outside of the UK. Others have pursued specialised training or postgraduate study to launch careers in translation, interpreting or speech and language therapy.

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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