Welcome to Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Matthew Treherne, Head of School welcomes you to the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies.

Independent learning

A student perspective on adapting to independent learning in SPLAS.

The first year of your programme with us provides you with a solid knowledge and skills base both in Spanish and/or Portuguese language, and in the other area of our teaching (what we call ‘content’). In lectures and seminars, you will be exposed to all of the topics in which members of staff specialize (language and language-related issues, culture, and history). By the end of Level 1, therefore, you will be in an excellent position to choose which of the diverse, more challenging modules you wish to study at Levels 2 and 3, and to make the most of the opportunities that each offers.

Find out more about your course and the modules that you’ll be studying on our School page.

Making the grade

While your first year results don’t go towards your final degree classification, that doesn’t mean that it’s an excuse for a year off! Firstly, statistics show that a good first year translates into overall degree success. Secondly, a strong performance at Level 1 gives you greater choice as regards what you do on your Year Abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country. A minimum mark of 60 in your Level 1 language module(s) is required if you wish to look for a Work Placement or a British Council Teaching Assistantship. University places abroad are also allocated to those students with higher marks in Spanish or Portuguese language when demand is high.


From the very beginning of your degree programme with us, you will be rewarded for the quality of the research that you carry out in preparation for your assessments. Over the course of your first year with us, you will be introduced to a variety of research skills and resources that you will then practise in seminar discussion and written work. The feedback we provide on this will stand you in good stead for the rest of your studies, during which you will be encouraged to become increasingly independent in your research. During your Year Abroad and in your final year, you will have the opportunity to design and complete your own research project. This may take the form of an Extended Essay or a Dissertation that contributes to your final degree classification.

Discovery modules

As well as the compulsory and optional modules that make up your programme of study, you can choose something different to your main subject as a discovery module. Find out more about the Discovery Themes on the Broadening pages of the Leeds for Life website.