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English and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: QR34

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


This degree allows you to explore the diversity of literature in English, while building your Spanish language skills and discovering Spanish and Latin American culture.

You’ll develop a deep understanding of language and linguistic structures, exploring poetry, prose and drama while becoming proficient in spoken and written Spanish. Core modules will improve and consolidate your language skills, as well as covering key themes and forms in English literature.

But we also offer a wide range of optional modules, so you can study the literary periods and topics which interest you as well as different areas of Spanish and Latin American history and culture.

You could study regional identities in Spain or Latin American history, medieval English romance to contemporary theatre. You could learn Catalan or gain practical skills like translation. You’ll even spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country. This degree is a great way to learn about two rich cultural traditions.

Specialist facilities

Leeds offers great facilities for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (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.

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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 study core language modules consolidating your speaking, writing, reading and listening skills in Spanish as well as the different elements of poetry, prose and drama in English. You’ll also have the chance to study a Cornerstone module on world literature, which helps you make connections between your two subjects, and an introduction to the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America.

You’ll build on this knowledge in the following year, where you’ll focus on a couple of literary periods in depth and choose from a range of optional modules, covering everything from medieval Scandinavian literature to the digital humanities. In Spanish, a combination of core language classes and optional modules will prepare you for your year abroad, where you’ll immerse yourself in a Spanish-speaking culture and refine your language skills.

When you return to Leeds in your final year, you’ll have an even greater amount of choice. Advanced language classes will hone your spoken and written Spanish and you’ll select optional modules from an impressive array, from James Joyce to children’s literature via Latin American architecture, the African diaspora and Spanish-English translation. You’ll also apply the critical and research skills you’ve gained to an independently researched dissertation or research project 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

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

Studying and Researching English 5 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Worlds of Literature 20 credits
Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1 20 credits
Foundations of English Studies 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.

Prose: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Drama: Reading and Interpretation 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

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.

Medieval Literature 20 credits
Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
Contemporary Postcolonial Texts 20 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits
Modern Spanish-American Literature 20 credits
Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930) 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 ] credits

Optional modules

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

Postcolonial Literature 20 credits
The Wild: Literature and the Environment 20 credits
Disposable Lives? 20 credits
Thinking Spain: Sociocultural Issues since the 1898 Crisis to the Present 20 credits
Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture 20 credits
New Media in Latin America 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English 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 a range of different learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. They include lectures, small-group seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

Independent study is also an important theme of your degree, since it allows you to develop your research skills and think critically about what you read. You’ll also participate in individual or group presentations, as part of the emphasis we place on allowing you to explore and develop your own ideas. We have excellent library resources to help you, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you make the most of them.


The most common forms of assessment we use are exams and essays, but group work or oral presentations may also be included as assessed components of some modules. We do offer plenty of support for these, including extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays. This support is available throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in English and A in Spanish, excluding General Studies or Critical Thinking.

  • 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 English and M1 in Spanish

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level and 6 in Spanish at Higher Level

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English and H2 in Spanish

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and B in Spanish 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 English, 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 AAC at A Level including A in English and 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 English and 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 degree in English and Spanish is a passport to a wide range of careers. You’ll be able to communicate fluently in a major world language, as well as an awareness and appreciation of the cultures in which it is spoken.

That can put you in a great position to work abroad or pursue language-specific career paths such as translation or interpreting, and our graduates regularly go into these fields or pursue further training in these areas.

However, this degree will also equip you with a range of valuable transferable skills which are valuable to employers in the UK and worldwide. You’ll be an analytical thinker which good research skills, who can work in a team or independently and communicate your ideas clearly. Spending a year abroad demonstrates that you’re adaptable and self-reliant, and you’ll also have the organisational skills that come with juggling two subjects.

As a result, graduates have gone into careers in the creative industries, education, business and finance, law, journalism, publishing and the charity sector among others.

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

Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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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