French and German BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Course options
    Integrated International placement / study abroad, Beginner's language routes
  • UCAS code(s)
    RR12
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    BBC-CCC (minimum Grade B in French / German A-Level - beginners routes also available)
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and German.
More information

Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
What's it like to study at Aston?

All the lecturers that I encountered at Aston were great. Since the very first day they always told us that if we had any doubts or needed further support in their module we could always e-mail them or come by their office. It was good to have this support when you felt lost in a module or not prepared for an exam.

Alina Fuhrmann
BSc Translation Studies, Spanish and German
What's it like to study at Aston?

My year abroad allowed me to learn about teaching careers and see how it differs in other countries. I also had the opportunity to lead my own classes which meant I had to plan, deliver and assess. This prepared me for the future and helped confirm my career path. Although I lived in such a small town in France, I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French.

Emily Downes
BSc French and Spanish
What's it like to study at Aston?

The highlight of my degree was my placement year at the European Parliament in Brussels. Being in the political heart of Europe and experiencing new things every single day in a thriving capital city was amazing. Aston is right in the city centre of Birmingham; a huge city. In comparison, the Languages and Social Sciences school is small and tight-knit, comprised of lecturers who have excellent relationships with students. The lecturers and student support team at Aston are second to none. Being a small university means that staff and students enjoy closer relationships than in most other universities, and I have really benefitted from that closeness during my time at Aston.

Rebecca Aylott
BSc International Relations and French
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Develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency.

Course summary

Our French and German course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French and German, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding.

Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: RR12 Please note this UCAS code applies to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level German or for beginners German.

Typical Offers
A Levels:
 BBC-CCC from 3 A-levels, including French / German Grade B (beginners routes available - see below for details).  General Studies accepted.

BBC in 3 A-Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

CCC  in 3 A-level subjects for our contextual offer scheme

Applicants for beginners German are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE German are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and German.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in French and German or equivalent required.
BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level   A-level grade B in French and German or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2020/21: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Course outline

Our French and German course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French and German culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French and German society, and particularly on French and German politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

Modules with Post A-Level French and German

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills I
German Language Skills I
Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries
IBE (German)

Options
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills II
German Language Skills II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
IBE (German)

Options
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III
German Language Skills III

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Representations of Minorities
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

Modules with Ab Initio (Beginners) French

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a French-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied French ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

 

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication
German Language Skills I
Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries
IBE (German)


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills ab initio II
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
German Language Skills II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
IBE (German)


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Representations of Minorities
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

Modules with Ab Initio (Beginners) German

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a German-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

 

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills I
German Language Skills ab initio I
Introduction to Language and Communication

Options
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to the French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills II
German Language Skills ab initio II
Introduction to German-Speaking
Countries

Options
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
TESOL


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III
German Language Skills III

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
Contemporary French
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
French Research Dissertation
French Research Dissertation
Representations of Minorities
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)

Learning, teaching & assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in French and German, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Year abroad

The third year of your course is spent abroad in a French and German speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from the Year Abroad.

Careers

Recent Organisations 

  • Bloomberg LP
  • University of York
  • English First Chile
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Polyglot Translation Office and Language Services 
  • Apple Inc.
  • Foxtons
  • Barnardos
  • Teach First

Recent Job Titles

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Languages & Translation Studies at Aston University: Laura

Laura (BSc Translation Studies, French & German) talks about her Year Abroad in Leipzig, Germany.

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