Why study this course
Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and Cardiff Business School is to educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Spanish and Economics you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.
The four-year degree in Spanish and Economics combines the main elements (modules and teaching) of Economics with the study of Spanish language and culture. The programme will equip you with a thorough grounding in the theory, concepts, principles and techniques of the core subject areas of the discipline: macroeconomics, microeconomics and quantitative analysis. It aims to provide you with knowledge of the workings of the UK economy and the ability to use that knowledge in a range of contexts. It also aims to provide a high level of competence in Spanish and knowledge of the economy of Spain.
We will introduce you to the breadth and depth of economic analysis and offer you the opportunity to acquire knowledge and techniques across a number of specialised areas. Studying Economics provides a rigorous training that can be a useful foundation for future careers.
Through the study of Spanish and Economics, the programme encourages a range of transferable discipline-specific and core skills that will be of value to you in future education and in your subsequent careers.
As the European Union develops, language skills are becoming increasingly attractive to employers. Studying Economics with Spanish will help to prepare you for a career in Economics by providing you with a sound knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles and techniques of the discipline. The programme will also give you the added advantage of acquiring a language.
Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging course of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.
The first year provides the essential Economics and related modules that form the basis of a degree in Economics together with modules in Spanish language and culture.
Year two develops from this base, giving equal weighting to Economics and Spanish subjects. You will continue to focus on core modules in Economics, whilst the Spanish language component focuses on your communication skills. In your second year of Economics you will study compulsory modules in both microeconomics and macroeconomics. You will choose your remaining 20 credits from a list of Spanish optional modules.
Your third year is spent in Spain studying modules to the equivalent of 120 credits in a range of accounting, business and economics subjects in Spanish.
Spain is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. Spanish is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.
In year four you will take 60 credits of optional Economics related modules, combined with 30 credits in Spanish language and 30 credits of Spanish optional modules.
Overall, the degree in Spanish and Economics prepares you for a career in Economics or international business with an ability to work in Spanish as well as in English.
- High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers, with blended learning and digital technologies embedded in the teaching and assessments designed to feed forward into future learning.
- A vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into Spanish culture.
- A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of Spanish culture.
- An exciting range of specialised, research-led teaching options which enable students to engage with the most recent thinking by experts in the field.
- A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning.
- The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
- The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in Spain or a Spanish speaking country.
- The opportunity to specialise in economic analysis through all three years of study and therefore to build up considerable knowledge and skills in the discipline.
- The intellectual challenge derived from exposure to recent developments in economic theory.
- The development of substantial quantitative and empirical research skills.
- The possibility of moving into careers in the government economic service and major economic consultancies.
ABB-BBB. If you have grade B in Spanish at A-level you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
The Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
32-31 overall or 665 in 3 HL subjects. If you have grade 6 in Spanish at HL you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.
DDM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science subjects. If you have grade B in Spanish at A-level in addition to or in combination with a BTEC you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.
Other UK qualifications may also be accepted, often in lieu of A-levels, but subject requirements must be met. If you are offering non-UK qualifications, our qualification equivalences guide should allow you to calculate what kind of offer you are likely to receive.
Please be aware that this is a general guide, and that some programmes may have more detailed or specific entry requirements which will be reflected in your offer.
Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.
At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.
At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.
At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.
Trinity ISE II/III
II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
III: at least a Pass in all components.
Other accepted qualifications
Please visit our English Language requirements page for more information on our other accepted language qualifications.
You must have or be working towards:
- English language or Welsh language at GCSE grade C/4 or an equivalent (such as A-levels). If you require a Student visa, you must ensure your language qualification complies with UKVI requirements.
- GCSE Maths grade B/6 or equivalent qualification (subject and grade). If you are taking A-level Maths (or equivalent), GCSE Maths is not required. Core Maths may also be accepted in place of GCSE Maths.
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects.
We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course. If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Interview or selection process
Each candidate’s profile is considered as a complete picture, taking into account your interest in and suitability for the degree, as shown in your personal statement and referee’s report, as well as achieved and predicted grades. Your ability to present an argument, evidence of intellectual curiosity and your enthusiasm for and commitment to studying will also be assessed.
Students from the UK
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU/EEA/Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status, tuition fees will be in line with the fees charged for international students. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Students from the rest of the world (international)
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
Course specific equipment
Many students choose to invest in personal copies of the recommended core textbooks and unabridged bilingual dictionaries and reference grammars. While copies of most course materials are available in the library, many students opt to acquire personal copies of set texts.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
BA Spanish and Economics is a four-year degree programme. It is structured in such a way that you will acquire over successive years high-level language and economic competencies, combined with the skills to become an independent and critical thinker, equipped for professional employment.
In each year of the programme you will study 120 credits, equally split between 60 credits in Economics and 60 credits in Spanish. Your third year will be spent studying or working abroad in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.
In year one you will take 60 credits in core economics modules and one compulsory 40 credit module in Spanish language and a 20 credit translational module, providing you with a solid base for the next three years of your degree programme.
In year two you are required to pursue modules amounting to 120 credits. Year two develops from the foundation of year one, giving equal 60 credit weighting to business and language subjects. You will continue to focus on compulsory Economics modules in both microeconomics and macroeconomics, whilst the language focuses on your communication skills in Spanish language, providing the ideal preparation for the third year which is spent abroad.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Spanish||ML0279||30 credits|
|Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Spanish||ML0280||30 credits|
|British Economy||BS2547||20 credits|
|Money Banking and Finance||BS2551||20 credits|
|Economics of the EU||BS2558||20 credits|
|Managerial Economics||BS2560||20 credits|
|Introductory Econometrics||BS2570||20 credits|
|State, Business and the British Economy in the Twentieth Century||BS2572||20 credits|
|The World & Language of Business (Spanish Ex-Beginners)||ML0268||30 credits|
|Cultures in Context (Spanish)||ML0282||30 credits|
|The World & Language of Business (Spanish)||ML0283||30 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
Your third year is spent in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country. The year will enable you to develop your language skills, deepen your understanding of Spanish culture and develop your independence, resourcefulness and resilience.
Your options include studying at one of our partner universities, working as an English assistant in a school through the British Council Scheme, or working for a Spanish organisation or company. No matter what you choose, the year abroad is a great opportunity for you to improve your understanding of the language, immerse yourself in another culture, and gain international study or work experience.
If you choose the study option, we have established exchange programmes which provide opportunities to study in institutions in cities that have included Valencia, Barcelona and Seville.
Placements for teaching assistants on a scheme run by the British Council can take you to either a major city or a small, rural town. This option provides first-hand teaching experience and allows you to earn a salary sufficient to live on, although you only work on a part-time basis. Prior to the start of your placement, the British Council provides a training weekend in the destination country. In addition, the school you have been assigned to should also guide you in your role as a teacher and help you to find a place to live.
The third option consists of a work placement with an organisation or company in the Spanish-speaking world. The necessary arrangements can be made through personal contacts you may have or by approaching organisations directly. In order to ensure that your work placement affords you plenty of opportunity to speak Spanish and provides you with a beneficial experience, such arrangements will require prior approval by the School.
Any student who undertakes a study placement or a traineeship/work placement in Europe is currently eligible to apply for an Erasmus grant.
Studying or working abroad is excellent preparation for your final year and gives you a level of self-confidence and maturity that has proven popular with employers.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Spanish, Spring)||ML0090||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement (Spanish, Spring)||ML0093||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement||ML0097||60 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad||ML0099||60 credits|
|Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)||ML1240||60 credits|
|Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)||ML1241||60 credits|
When we welcome you back to Cardiff in your final year, you will take 60 credits of optional Economics modules. A compulsory 30 credit module in Spanish language is also taken, along with a 30 credit optional module in Spanish.
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
Our teaching is heavily informed by research and combines academic rigour with practical relevance. While our internationally recognised faculty consists of academics who are at the forefront of knowledge within their field. They bring the lessons learned from their most recent research into the classroom, giving you access to critical business thinking and contemporary real life examples and scenarios. The teaching covers all the key competencies, and is enhanced by the inclusion of digital learning.
We will provide your teaching and learning resources, and will be responsive to your needs and views. For your part, you will need to put in the necessary amount of work both during and outside formal teaching sessions, and make good use of the facilities provided.
You will primarily be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars, although Spanish modules will also offer the opportunity for workshops and language classes. Most modules involve a mixture of lectures and small group teaching (called classes, seminars, workshops or tutorials).
In tutorials and seminars you’ll have the opportunity to discuss particular themes or topics, to consolidate and get feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where you will make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising a particular case study for the group.
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping you to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop your own ideas. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to explore the ideas outlined in the lectures. Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small-group work and student-led presentations. You will also enhance your team-working skills.
Language classes are taught in groups to enhance confidence and active learning. A varied timetable includes oral expression, aural comprehension and writing skills, which are taught in small groups to enhance confidence and active learning. These vital communication skills are practiced and developed through regular classwork exercises and written work. Our teaching methods allow you to engage with a range of language-learning technologies. Materials including textbooks, videos, films, novels, audio files and websites are supported by online resources that compliment classroom activities and promote and enable independent learning. Class materials include a range from literary and historical to contemporary journalistic texts, providing a broad insight into language and culture.
Independent study forms a key part of your learning, and our independent learning portfolios have been developed to provide you with online resources to support your independent language learning.
How will I be supported?
Our BA Spanish and Economics programme is team-taught, with the programme as a whole overseen by the Programme Director. You will be supported by a number of different staff, some focussing on academic performance in a particular area and some looking at learning and progress more holistically.
All academic staff have designated hours where they are available to meet with you to offer advice and feedback on the subjects that they teach.
You will also be allocated a personal tutor, who will meet with you regularly to reflect on your progress and development across your studies, and to think about how to build on your achievements and advance further. Your personal tutor can also guide you if you are experiencing difficulties towards appropriate support.
While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned a Year Abroad Coordinator, who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress. You may also get a visit from one of your lecturers who will be keen to find out how you are getting on.
You will have access through the Learning Central to relevant learning resources, presentations, lecture handouts, bibliographies, further links, electronic exercises and discussion circles.
We pride ourselves on the level of engagement we have with our student body, giving you the opportunity to express your opinions and be partners in School decision-making where possible. We survey students regularly to make sure we are always working in your best interests.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, the Academic Skills Development Centre and excellent libraries and resource centres.
What skills will I practise and develop?
Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
- An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
- A sound understanding of the foundations of and developments in economic theory.
- Familiarity with the main forms and sources of economic data and how they are used in economic analysis.
- Understanding of the key current economic policy debates and contemporary economic problems.
- Appreciation of the contribution economic analysis can make to understanding a range of specific economic problems.
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Spain and Spanish speaking countries.
- The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and Spanish.
- An ability to explain, manipulate, apply and critically evaluate specific economic models.
- An ability to work with economic data used in economic analysis.
- Skills in understanding and using empirical findings from the economic literature.
- Skills in undertaking basic research into economic problems.
- A capacity to apply theoretical ideas to analyse worldwide economic problems, contemporary and/or historical.
Professional Practical Skills:
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
- Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
- Communication and critical-thinking skills.
- Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
- Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
- An ability to model complex economic decision-making situations to produce analytical frameworks that facilitate both understanding and efficient problem solving.
- A capacity to apply deductive reasoning and logical analysis to model economic issues.
- Skills in using basic mathematics to elucidate economic ideas.
- Competence in integrating data, factual information, quantitative analysis and empirical work, in an appropriate manner.
On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
- The ability analyse complex texts.
- The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
- Practical research skills.
- Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
- Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
- Responsibility for your own learning programme and Professional development.
- Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
- Creativity and innovative thinking.
- Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
- Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.
- Progression from problem formulation to solution identification.
- Structured argument to derive a conclusion from a set of assumptions.
- Concepts of macroeconomics and be able to undertake basic macroeconomic analysis of, for example, the effects of a monetary expansion.
- Mastery of diagrammatic and algebraic techniques.
- The ability to undertake both diagrammatic and mathematical analyses of macroeconomic issues.
- Analytical, communication and learning skills through class work and web-based exercises.
- An ability to exercise numeracy, problem solving and IT skills.
Careers and placements
School of Modern Languages
In 2015/16, 94% of the School’s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.
Cardiff Business School
In 2015/16, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
Economics is an intellectually stimulating discipline and the skills of Economics graduates are often in demand by employers in both the public and private sector. Some Economics graduates take a period of additional training after completing their degree, a postgraduate course perhaps or a further training course which will allow them to convert to another profession such as accountancy or law. Whatever career you pursue, the skills acquired during your Economics degree (problem solving ability, quantitative techniques, analytical skills etc), will undoubtedly be welcomed by employers.
In addition to the University Careers Service, we have invested in our own, dedicated Careers Centre to help students find internships, job opportunities and access business industry specific advice and guidance.
If you are interested in teaching you may have the possibility of completing an internship teaching language in a UK secondary school in your final year.
Cardiff Business School has a dedicated Placements Manager to offer advice on available work placements, internships, work experience and opportunities to enhance your CV and broaden your horizons.
HESA data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2020. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18, published by HESA in June 2020.