Economics and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start
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)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No
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.
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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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.
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 example optional modules and the full course structure.
|Economics and Global History||10 credits|
|Economic Theory and Applications 1||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1||20 credits|
Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available..
|Mathematics for Economics and Business 1||10 credits|
|Statistics for Economics and Business 1||10 credits|
|Mathematical Economics||10 credits|
|The Historical Development of Spain and Hispanic America||20 credits|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A||20 credits|
|Introduction to the Cultural Production of Spain and Spanish-America||20 credits|
|Intermediate Microeconomics||10 credits|
|Introduction to Econometrics||10 credits|
|Intermediate Macroeconomics||10 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2||20 credits|
|Macroeconomic Policy and Performance in Britain||10 credits|
|Explanation in Economics||10 credits|
|Applied Economics||10 credits|
|Linguists into Schools||20 credits|
|Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)||20 credits|
|Modern Spain (1868-1975)||20 credits|
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Introduction to the Economic Evaluation of Health||10 credits|
|International Banking and Finance||10 credits|
|The Political Economy of Work||10 credits|
|Economics of Business and Corporate Strategy||20 credits|
|Spanish in an Economic and Business Context||20 credits|
|The Origins of the Spanish Civil War||20 credits|
|Spanish-English Translation||20 credits|
|New Media in Latin America||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
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.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
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.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in Spanish.
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.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in Spanish.
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.
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 requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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.
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.
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