German and Spanish BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RR24
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: Yes
This flexible degree allows you to become fluent in German while exploring literature, cinema, philosophy, politics, history or specialised uses of language. Core modules will improve your language skills and introduce you to German culture and society, but youll also choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as translation, using German in a professional context and representations of war and conflict.
At Leeds, you can become fluent in Spanish while gaining an insight into the history, culture and politics of Spain and Latin America. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America, and youll choose optional modules on topics that interest you. Youll also benefit from the Spanish governments cultural arm, the Instituto Cervantes, and the Catalan governments Ramon Llull Institute, which are based on campus.Back to top
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 study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
You’ll sharpen your language skills in your first year, as well as exploring German culture, history or translation. Following this you’ll continue with core language study and choose from optional modules on topics such as German cinema or politics in the ‘Berlin Republic’. All of this will prepare you to spend your time abroad working or studying in a German-speaking country. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from further options, including the use of German as a professional language.
In your first year youll improve your language skills and explore the history or culture of Spain and Latin America. Following this youll develop your knowledge as you choose from optional modules on topics such as translation or Spanish literature. Youll also continue with language study to prepare for studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country. When you return youll take advanced language classes and choose further optional modules on topics that span Hispanic and Latin American politics, history and culture.
|German Core Language 1||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 1||20 credits|
|Introduction to Modern Germany||20 credits|
|Approaching German Culture||20 credits|
|World Histories||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|
You will spend a term abroad in either a German-speaking country or a Spanish-speaking country.
|German Core Language 2||15 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 2||15 credits|
|Term Abroad||30 credits|
|Applied German Language||15 credits|
|Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic'||15 credits|
|The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich||15 credits|
|Modern Spanish-American Literature||15 credits|
|Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)||15 credits|
|Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema||15 credits|
You will spend a year abroad in either a German-speaking country or a Spanish-speaking country. If you have spent your term abroad in year 2 in a German-speaking country, your will spend year 3 in a Spanish-speaking country, and vice-versa.
|Year Abroad||120 credits|
|German Core Language 3||20 credits|
|Practical Language Skills in Spanish 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture||20 credits|
|Contemporary German Cinema||20 credits|
|War Imagined: Cultural Representations of War and Conflict in Germany||20 credits|
|The German Student Movement||20 credits|
|Cultural Crises in Spanish History from 1898 to the Present||20 credits|
|From Bolivar to Chavez: Revolutionary Icons in Contemporary Latin American Culture||20 credits|
|Contemporary Spain: Politics, Culture and Society After Franco||20 credits|
|The Regulation of Sexuality in Iberia and Latin America||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in German and 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.
Please contact the Admissions Office
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in German at Higher Level and 6 in Spanish at Higher Level
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in German and H2 in Spanish
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
Scottish Highers accepted in combination with Advanced Highers. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in German and 85% in Spanish.
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 AAC at A Level including A in German and A in Spanish and grade A in the EPQ.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including German and Spanish and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a wide 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.
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year between a Spanish and a German-speaking country. It’s the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.
You’ll spend a year in one country and a term in the other, but it’s up to you where you spend the longer period. On your term abroad you can complete a study placement at a partner university.
For your year abroad, we have partnerships with a number of Spanish, Latin American and German universities where you could study through an exchange agreement, or you could apply for a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.Read more about the German residence abroad
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