This varied degree will allow you to gain a wide range of skills and knowledge across different disciplines - fluency in a major world language, an insight into Spanish and Latin American culture and an understanding of how humans interact with the environments they live in.
If you have A-level Spanish, you'll improve and refine your language skills and be introduced to Spanish and Latin American culture and history. You'll even spend a year in a Spanish-speaking country to gain first-hand experience. At the same time, you'll explore complex issues such as the impact of globalization on urban development and population growth.
However, because our research interests are so diverse at Leeds we also offer an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects. You could learn Catalan, study Spanish regional identities, practice translation or learn about Latin American history alongside service planning, development geographies, migration and international fieldwork modules.
Leeds offers great facilities 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.
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.
Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.
We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.
On this course the fieldtrips offered are:
We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.
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 spend your first year studying core modules that allow you to improve on your Spanish language skills, explore Spanish and Latin American history and culture and explore key themes and concepts in human geography through a study of Leeds as a city. You'll also take one of our Cornerstone modules, helping to bring your subjects together.
In your second year, you'll continue with your language classes and take a core module focusing on economic geography, but you'll also have the chance to specialise in areas that interest you. You'll choose from a range of optional modules in each subject such as natural resource management, the Spanish Civil War, population geographies and Hispanic cinema. With this cultural awareness, you'll be better prepared to spend the following year working or studying in a Spanish-speaking country.
When you return to Leeds, you'll have a new perspective and first-hand experience to inform your final-year studies. You'll continue with advanced language classes and choose from an even wider range of optional modules in both Spanish and geography, as well as applying the skills you've gained to an independently researched dissertation 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
A-level: AAB including A in Spanish and preferably including Geography.
GCSE: 6/B in Mathematics.
A Joint Honours degree in Geography and Spanish will equip you with a breadth of knowledge: fluency in a major world language, intercultural awareness and an understanding of how environments shape and are shaped by human behaviour.
You'll also leave with a diverse range of skills that are valued by all kinds of employers. You'll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources - both quantitative and qualitative - and communicate your findings clearly, whether verbally or in writing.
In addition you'll have commercial and economic awareness and be comfortable working in a team - although spending time abroad will also show that you're independent and adaptable. Because you'll have managed two different subjects, you'll also have good organisational skills.
Graduates have progressed into a wide range of careers that reflect the skills they gain, including environmental management, education, business and finance, marketing, the civil service, education, journalism, the media and the charity sector. Others move onto postgraduate study, or specialised training in language-based fields such as translation or 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.
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
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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