Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:German (Beginners) and English
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: A in English at A level and evidence of language-learning ability
IB score: 32 (6 in English at Higher Level and a 4 in a modern/classical language at Standard Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 60 for all joint honours courses in the Department of German Studies
Campus: University Park Campus
This course combines the study of English language and literature with German language and culture, providing you with linguistic, analytical and presentational skills and preparing you for a wide range of careers. An intensive beginners course in German will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop German to degree level alongside modules in German literature, history, linguistics and culture.
In English, you will have a choice of three core modules from the areas of English language, modern English literature, medieval studies and drama. In German, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners to advanced level and will also be introduced to aspects of German culture and history.
In English, you will choose core modules to develop your studies in at least two areas of the discipline. You will also have the opportunity to choose one literary period option, to explore how and why literature can be read in terms of an historical 'age' or 'epoch'. In German, your language studies will be consolidated and developed to prepare you for the year abroad. You will also take modules in literature, history, linguistics, politics and history from a choice of modules in German studies.
Spent abroad in Germany or Austria, either as an English language assistant in a school, working for a private company, or studying at one of our partner universities.
You will choose from a wide range of modules enabling you to specialise in key areas of English. Joint honours students enjoy the same wide range of final-year options in English as single honours. You will develop your command of German to a high level and use it in increasingly sophisticated contexts. You will also study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics, and you may choose to write a dissertation on an area of German studies.
See also the School of English
A levels: ABB, including A in English at A level and evidence of language-learning ability.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less that 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Beginners' German Language
Typical year-two modules
German Language (Post-Beginners)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad. Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Please see optional modules (below) or contact Department of German Studies for more information.
Typical optional modules
Introduction to German Film Studies
Germany in the International Context since 1945
Aspects of the Third Reich
Studying Modern Literature
Introduction to Drama
The Long Nineteenth Century: Themes and Transitions
German through English Eyes
Life and Demise of the GDR
New Language: English in the Computer Age
You will have gained international experience which will demonstrate to employers that you are independent and resourceful. You will have a high level of expertise in written and spoken German, and a broad understanding of German culture. You will have developed a range of transferable skills including the ability to develop and construct a logical argument, the ability to think critically and independently, and to communicate effectively in both German and English.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of German Studies was £22,454 and for graduates of the School of English it was £17,645*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students' language skills and cultural understanding, developed during their year abroad, are assessed by a presentation.
The assessment forms part of the final year language module R23201 or R23202 (essay and oral, worth 10 credits) and contributes 20% to the overall module mark.