German BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 Years
  • Course options
    Integrated International placement / study abroad
  • UCAS code(s)
    R220
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB - BBB (minimum Grade B in German)
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32-33 points in IB diploma TOK/Bonus points Standard Maths/English 5 required & 6 Higher Level German
  • Further requirements
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
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Develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency.

Course summary

By the end of our programme you will be able to work effectively in a professional German-speaking environment. Our focus is on the practical application of a range of skills within their wider context. 

Entry requirements & fees

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R220

Typical Offers:
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B. General Studies accepted. 

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. GCSE grades), 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: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level 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 German or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in 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 studied 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 2019/20: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,600 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit 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

By the end of our programme you will be able to work effectively in a professional German-speaking environment. Our focus is on the practical application of a range of skills within their wider context. Your linguistic skills will reach near-native proficiency, acquired through a combination of up-to-date modules and a well-structured and supervised year abroad. You will also acquire transferable skills such as teamwork and independent research.These will be essential for any of the career choices the course will open up for you. Teaching is conducted in a stimulating environment by internationally renowned experts in their field. Almost all courses are taught in German and provide in-depth insights into current affairs. Subject specialisms include German society, film studies, socio-linguistics, translation studies, popular culture, literature, history and politics, and business studies.

Modules

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:
German Language Skills I
Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries
Introduction to Language and Communication
Introduction to Film Studies
International Business Environment (German)
Languages for All - in Year 1 it is compulsory for students to complete 20 credits from the choice of modules in Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish

Year 2

Core:
German Language Skills II
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
International Business Environment (German)
Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)
Migrant and Transnational Cinema

Optional:
Communication across languages and cultures
Translation & Technology
Languages for All

Year 3

Integrated year abroad

Final Year

Core:
German Language Skills III
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
International Business Environment (German)
Research Dissertation 

Optional:
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation German
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Representations of Minorities
Languages for All

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 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 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.

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