Linguistics is the study of how language works - how it is structured, used and understood. If you have an A-level in Spanish, this degree will allow you to become fluent in a major world language and put it in the context of language as a universal human attribute.
Core modules will introduce you to key themes and approaches in linguistics, as well as developing your language skills. You'll also choose from a variety of optional modules, allowing you to pursue your interests in Spanish and Latin American culture alongside language change or phonology. You could even choose to learn Catalan or gain skills in translation or interpreting.
Spanning the arts and the sciences, this degree will give you lots of choice while equipping you with a broad base of valuable skills that will help you stand out to employers. From the physical production of speech sounds to the Spanish Civil War, you'll find there's a lot to discover at Leeds.
Leeds has some fantastic resources for the study of linguistics, phonetics and languages. The most exciting resources we have in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS) 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.
We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research. We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research.
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 work on your written and spoken Spanish, as well as taking introductory modules on the key concepts and approaches in linguistics and the history and culture of Spain and Hispanic America. You'll also take one of our Cornerstone modules to help you draw the two subjects together.
You'll build on this foundation in your second year, when core modules will cover phonetics and syntax but you'll also have a choice of optional modules, on topics from Spanish literature and theatre to language and gender and language acquisition. However, you'll also improve your language skills to prepare for the following year, which you'll spend studying or working in a Spanish-speaking country.
When you return to Leeds, you'll start your final year with a new perspective and sharper language skills to refine in advanced language classes. But you'll also have an even broader selection of optional modules to choose from in both subjects, meaning you really can follow your interests. You'll apply the skills you've gained to an independently researched dissertation in either subject.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
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.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in Spanish
A Joint Honours degree in Linguistics and Spanish equips you with a wide range of skills. You'll be fluent in an important world language, which can lead into diverse careers in the UK and beyond.
However, you'll also have valuable transferable skills that are very attractive to employers. You'll have good research skills, and because linguistics spans arts and sciences you'll be confident using quantitative and qualitative methods. You'll be able to solve problems and analyse information from different sources - and you'll have advanced communication skills allowing you to present your views clearly.
Spending time abroad will show that you are adaptable and resilient, and you'll be capable or working independently or in a team. Because you've handled two different subjects, you'll also have great organisational skills.
Graduates have gone into varying careers in journalism, law, advertising and marketing, education and publishing both within and outside of the UK. Others have pursued specialised training or postgraduate study to launch careers in translation, interpreting or speech and language therapy.
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