This course offers you the opportunity to take up Spanish from scratch and combine it with advanced study in German language alongside modules in areas like literature, history, linguistics, film and politics. An intensive beginners' course in Spanish will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop Spanish to degree level. In German you will undertake language study at the appropriate post-A level standard. We offer a wide choice of modules in literature, linguistics, history, politics, and media, so that you will be able to tailor the course to match your interests.
You will graduate with a broad knowledge of German- and Spanish-speaking cultures and a high level of expertise in both languages. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are independent, resourceful and able to cope in challenging situations.
In German, the first year core language course develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. In addition, you will take modules in literature, history, politics and society, and may opt for modules in linguistics. In Spanish, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners' to degree level and also are introduced to aspects of Spanish and Spanish American culture, art and history.
In German and Spanish your language skills will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. You will take modules in literature, history, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in German, Spanish and Spanish American Studies. As part of the German course, linguistics is normally available.
Spent abroad, you will divide your time between a German speaking country and Spain or Spanish America with the opportunity to study, work or teach as an assistant in a school.
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. In both subjects you may also choose to write a dissertation.
See also the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
A levels: ABB, including B in German 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
Beginners' Spanish Language
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
German Language I
Typical year-two modules
German Language 2
Lengua Española I (Year 2)
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad.
Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page and the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Lengua Española III
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Typical optional modules
The New German Cinema
Hispanic Visual Culture
Reading German History: Nation and Society
Metropolis and Empire: Spain, Portugal and the Americas 1492 to Independence
Linguistics I : The sounds of German
Renaissance & Baroque Culture in the Golden Age 1
The Life and Demise of the GDR
Literature and Film under Franco
Reading Women's Writing
You will have a broad knowledge of German and Spanish-speaking cultures and a high level of expertise in both languages. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are independent, resourceful and able to cope in challenging situations.
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 Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies it was £16,622*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11
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Key Information Sets (KIS)
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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:
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.
Spanish/Portuguese: the assessment consists of a grammar and translation exercise, completed in class during week one under exam conditions, and a written report on a topic related to the year abroad. This is submitted in week two.
The grammar and translation exercise tests knowledge on all grammatical structures studied in years one and two. The report should be 500 words, word processed and about a relevant cultural, social, political or religious aspect of the country where the year was spent. The average of both pieces gives 10% of the final mark for each final year language module.