ULSP51040 - LEAP Spanish 4

  • Credits: 20
  • Pre-requisite: LEAP Spanish 3 or equivalent e.g. a pass at A-Level Spanish (grade C or below) 
  • Co-requisite: If you are studying a Modern Languages Degree, either single or joint honours, please refer to relevant guidance about eligibility for LEAP units on your programme structure. This course is not open to native or near-native Spanish speakers
  • Taught during: Both semesters (September to May).
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course.


This course is for students who have successfully completed LEAP Spanish 3 or equivalent and wish to take their Spanish to the next level.

The course offers the solid foundation required for achieving language competency with the use of complex grammatical structures of the Spanish language and sophisticated written and aural texts on a variety of subjects covering contemporary issues. The course provides an extensive range of vocabulary which will enable students to communicate fluently and effectively, both orally and in writing. They will be able to use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes and produce clear, well-structured written texts on complex subjects, expressing points of view at some length. Communication skills will be developed including discussion, presentation, and reporting skills. Students will also address more aspects of the culture and current issues of the countries where Spanish is spoken.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  • demonstrate competency in understanding and knowledge of language structure grammatical rules;
  • understand a wide variety of longer texts and conversations, and recognize implicit meaning;
  • speak with a degree of competency and spontaneity and take an active part in discussions, also giving a presentation on a specialist subject, outlining advantages and disadvantages of particular cases;
  • independently write short essays, reports, and letters, putting forward personal points of view by using a variety of vocabulary and formulaic expressions and use the target language in a wide range of contexts

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

One three-hour seminar per week, delivered through blended learning which integrates on-campus and online instruction as necessary. This will also include online digital learning available via Blackboard and supplemented by extra online resources to aid students in their independent learning.

Teaching hours

69 hours (3 hours per week) including assessment 

Independent study hours

140 hours (not including assessment time)


  • Semester one: Week 12- Written Exam 30%
  • Semester two: Week 11- Listening Exam 10% & Written Exam 30%; week 12 - Oral Exam 30%

If government or university guidance requires assessment to be held online, then Listening Exam may be assessed alongside the Oral Exam

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class-based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dr Sandra Torres

Taught by

Dr Sandra Torres

Maximum entry


Set text

Textbooks will be complemented by tutors with extra content and resources in order to ensure students will complete the B2 level in line with the CEF standards for each level. 

Recommended texts

Gramática de uso del Español. B1-B2 Difusión ISBN 8467521082


ULSP51050 LEAP Spanish 5


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have the capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.