Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:French and Beginners German
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: French at A level
IB score: 32 (French at Higher 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 offers you the opportunity to combine studies in French and German language, literature and culture. You normally devote half your time to each discipline. An intensive beginners' course in German will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop German to degree level. In French you will undertake language study at the appropriate post-A level standard.
In German, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners to advanced level and are also introduced to aspects of German culture and history. In French you will take language classes at an appropriate level to give you a firm grounding in the structures of the language and pursue a choice of introductory studies in French literature, contemporary France, French history or linguistics.
In French and German, your language studies will be consolidated and developed to prepare you for the year abroad. You will take modules in literature, history, linguistics, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in German and French/Francophone studies.
You will divide your time between Germany or Austria and France/a Francophone country. You will have the opportunity to study at an exchange university, work as an English language assistant, or work for a German, Austrian or French company.
You will develop your command of both languages and their use in increasingly sophisticated contexts, and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. You may choose to write a dissertation on an area of German or French/Francophone studies.
See also the Department of French and Francophone Studies
A levels: ABB, including French at A level
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
The French Language
Beginners' German Language
Typical year-two modules
The French Language
German Language (Post-Beginners)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad. Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page and the Department of French and Francophone Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
The French Language
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Typical optional modules
Heimat in the German Cinema
France: Histoire et Mythologies
Introduction to German Film Studies
Women and Society in the Post-War Novel
The Golden Age of French Cinema
Germany in the International Context since 1945
Media in Germany
Media and Political Communication in France
You will develop a broad understanding of French and German culture, society, literature and history and you will acquire a high level of expertise in spoken and written French and German. You will have specialist knowledge of the areas you chose to focus on and your international experience in two different countries will demonstrate to employers that you are independent, adaptable and able to cope in challenging situations.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2012, 92.3% of first-degree graduates in the Department of German Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £19,365 with the highest being £30,000.*
In 2012, 97% of first-degree graduates in the Department of French and Francophone Studies who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £18,557 with the highest being £36,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home and EU graduates, 2011/12.
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Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Scholarships and bursaries
The University of Nottingham offers a wide range of bursaries and scholarships. These funds can provide you with an additional source of non-repayable financial help.
There are several types of bursary and scholarship on offer. Download our funding guide or visit our financial support pages to find out more about tuition fees, loans, budgeting and sources of funding.
To be eligible to apply for most of these funds you must be liable for the £9,000 tuition fee and not be in receipt of a bursary from outside the University.
* A 'home' student is one who meets certain UK residence criteria. These are the same criteria as apply to eligibility for home funding from Student Finance.
The International Office provides support and advice on financing your degree and offers a number of scholarships to help you with tuition fees and living costs.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students normally spend a semester in each country and are assessed in the following:
French: students' language skills and cultural understanding are assessed through a mix of presentations and written assignments upon their return to Nottingham.
German: 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.