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The award
BA

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 17500 per year

All study options

About English and Spanish at University of Leeds

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.

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.

  • 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

    • Entry requirements, fees and applying

      Entry requirements

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

      • 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.

      • Study abroad and work placements

        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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