Chinese and Spanish are major world languages, spoken in some of the most diverse and vibrant economies on the planet. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this degree will allow you to develop your existing language skills while learning Chinese from scratch.
Core modules will focus on improving your language skills and introducing you to the history and culture of Chinese and Spanish-speaking societies. On top of those, you'll choose from a wide range of optional modules, allowing you to explore the topics that interest you across Spain, Latin America and East Asia as a whole.
With a year in China and a term in Spain to sharpen your language skills, you'll gain excellent communication skills. But you'll also be able to study translation and interpreting, try another new language and cover topics as diverse as Latin American cinema, Spain's transition to democracy, modern Chinese history and Japanese international relations. It's an exciting way to explore these fascinating cultures.
Leeds offers great facilities for language students. 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.
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.
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 take core language modules to improve your Spanish and develop your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Chinese. You'll also be introduced to the culture and history of China, Spain and Latin America and take one of our Cornerstone modules, which help you bring your two subjects together. You could even try one of the other languages we offer.
All of this prepares you for your second year, when you'll study at a Chinese university to build your confidence in day-to-day communication. When you return in year three, you'll be able to refine these language skills while choosing optional modules from Chinese business to Spanish literature. At the end of the year, you'll spend a term in Spain to immerse yourself in the culture and experience the Spanish way of life.
The fourth and final year is where you take advanced language classes in both Spanish and Chinese, while enjoying even more choice in your optional modules. You could learn about specialised uses of each language in a business context, contemporary Chinese literature or Latin American cinema. You'll also have the choice to apply the skills you've gained to an extended essay or research project on a topic of your choice.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
including A in Spanish
Fluency in two major world languages - both of which are increasingly important in the political and economic spheres - will open doors to a wide range of careers both at home and abroad.
But a Joint Honours degree in Chinese and Spanish will also equip you with important transferable skills that are attractive to all kinds of employers, such as teamwork, presentation, research, analysis, and cultural awareness. Spending time abroad will also demonstrate that you're independent and adaptable, and managing two subjects will equip you with organisational skills.
Graduates have gone into diverse careers including business and finance, education, law, journalism, charity work, publishing and the creative industries. Others have pursued postgraduate study or specialised training in language-specific fields such as translation and interpreting.
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.
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Study abroad and work placements
You'll spend the whole of year two and a term of the following year in China and Spain. 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 China, studying a dedicated language course at a university in Taiwan, Beijing or Shanghai. Then you'll spend a term in Spain, studying a dedicated language course in Léon or Granada. Whatever you decide, you'll gain a new perspective and valuable experience.
Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies
Read more about Residence Abroad in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies