German with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: R220
Attain a high level of proficiency in the German language, and develop your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society through an exceptionally wide choice of modules. The degree programme is based in London and includes a year in a German-speaking country.

KEY BENEFITS
  • Highest-rated department in German within London and nationally on the strength of its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Teaching informed and delivered by staff who carry out that research.
  • Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, thought, and history.
  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
  • Opportunity to study in a German-speaking country offers students the ability to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
UCAS code
R220
Programme type
Single honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of German
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
You will have the opportunity to attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society. Our exceptionally wide range of modules covers literature of all periods, from the Middle Ages to the present day as well as, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school. We have exchange links with the Universities of Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).




ABOUT THE Department of German

CAREERS
Studies of graduate employability repeatedly stress the career value of language degrees. Employers in UK and international business, the press and media, IT and technology, marketing and public relations, public administration, international development, law, finance, teaching and lecturing, interpreting, translating and others have been found repeatedly to value foreign language competence, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that fosters relationship-building, teamwork, and the capacity to move easily in international contexts. Studying German, you will also gain fluency in a language and knowledge of a country and its culture that is increasingly in demand, given Germany’s central role in European economic and political development. Recent graduates have found employment in sectors including media production and journalism, human relations, finance, business development, retail and marketing, the civil service, teaching and lecturing. A considerable number have continued to further study. Recent employers of King’s German graduates include Goldman Sachs, Astra Zeneca, the National Assembly of Wales, CNN, the American University in London, and the University of Oxford.

TEACHING STYLE
In 2011-12, the Department launched a new curriculum that reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. This brings you into close contact with tutors in a department that is regularly ranked among the top three research departments in the UK. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Teaching is in German and English, according to the subject area. Our teaching style is interactive; students participate informally in small group discussions in seminars or online discussion fora, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Following Year 1 foundation modules in culture, history and politics, more specialised modules in Years 2 and 4 reflect the rich research expertise of Department staff. The King’s German Department ranked joint second in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and the commitment of our staff to research excellence is matched by our enthusiasm for teaching. Our rigorous three-year language programme is tailored both to your own level of language competence, and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Non-native speakers take core language modules covering the key skills of reading, writing, listening, spoken interaction and production, and translation. Native speakers currently take a separate module in Translation from and into German. Assessment is in a variety of forms including précis and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.

LOCATION
Located in the heart of London, the department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s Maughan Library and Senate House Library, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, the British Film Institute and the British Library. All are within easy walking distance of the Strand Building. The Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum also have extensive media and library holdings, and run lively programmes of films, readings, seminars and exhibitions which complement the Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.

SPECIAL NOTES
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes, and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department for further advice.

YEAR 1

The degree structure in the German Department differs slightly depending on whether
you are a native or non-native German speaker. Each year students take modules totalling 120 credits. Native speakers will take more optional modules because their language modules are worth 15 credits, rather than the 30-credit core language modules for non-native speakers.



YEAR 1 CORE

Texts and Contexts: an introduction to German literature and culture (compulsory)
AND
German Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)
OR
Translation from and into German I (native speakers only)



YEAR 1 OPTIONS

In addition, non-native German speakers choose four of the following. Native German speakers choose five.

Milestones of German History
One Hundred Years on German Cinema
Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society
German Politics and Society

Single Honours students may take an elective module taught outside the Department.
(Many students choose a language module taught in the Modern Language Centre.)



YEAR 2
Students (except for German native speakers) take the core language module plus seven optional modules from the list below, including up to two further language modules. One module may be taken outside the Department.

YEAR 2 CORE

German Language Core Module II (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German II (native speakers)



YEAR 2 OPTIONS
Students will choose either six or seven optional modules from the following list, depending on whether they are non-native or native German speakers.

 

The Beginnings of the Arthurian Tradition in Germany
Women in the early modern period: representations and responses
German Realist fiction in the nineteenth century
History into literature
Modernism and the Avant-garde
A year in the life of German-language film
Politics and popular culture in Germany after 1870
Germany since 1945: politics, society, economics
18th-century German thought: the education of humanity


Single Honours students may take an elective module taught outside the Department.
(Many students choose a language module taught in the Modern Language Centre.)



YEAR 3

This is normally spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, either as a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions, as a language teaching assistant, or on an approved work placement. We have links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Berlin and Vienna under the European Erasmus-Socrates scheme.



YEAR 4

Students should take the core modules outlined plus up to six or seven options (depending whether you are a non-native or native speaker).



YEAR 4 CORE

German Language Core Module III (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German III (native speakers)



YEAR 4 OPTIONS

Religion, sex and politics: German literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Goethe: from Sturm und Drang to Classicism
Heinrich Heine
Kafka
Aspects of post-1945 German fiction
The Third Reich in the post-war German novel
Brechtian cinema and political modernism
Power and everyday life in the GDR
German reunification: culture and politics
Politics and everyday life in twentieth-century Germany
Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
Writing in Tongues: Multilingual Literature in the German Context
Contemporary German Politics
Dissertation

 



ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
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Austria
Reifezeugnis (Matura)
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Belgium
Certificat D
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Brazil
Brazil
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Bulgaria
School Leaving Certificate
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Canada
Secondary School Certificate/Diploma
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Chile
Chile
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China
Gao Kao (University Entrance Examination)
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Cyprus
Apolytirion
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Czech Republic
Maturita

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Denmark
Studentereksamen or Hjere Forberedelseseksamen

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Estonia
Gmnaasiumi lputunnistus (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)

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Finland
Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen (National Matriculation)
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France
Baccalaureat (including the option internationale baccalaureat)
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
School Leaving Certificate

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Greece
Apolytirion

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Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

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Hungary
Erettsegi

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India
School Leaving Certificate
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Iran
School Leaving Certificate
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 including German at minimum grade B1. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Italy
Esame di Stato
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Japan
School Leaving Certificate
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Latvia
Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Certificate of General Secondary Education)
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Lithuania
Brandos Atestatas (Maturity Certificate)
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Luxembourg
Diplome de Fin D
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Malaysia
Malaysia
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Malta
Matriculation Certificate - Advanced level
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Mexico
Mexico
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Moldova
School Leaving Certificate
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Netherlands
Diploma Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO)
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New Zealand
National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 3 (NCEA)
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Nigeria
School Leaving Certificate
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Norway
Vitnemal-videregaende opplaering (Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate)
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Pakistan
High School Certificate (HSSC)
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Poland
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Portugal
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
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Saudi Arabia
School Leaving Certificate
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Singapore
Singapore A Level
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Slovakia
Vysvedcenie Maturitnej Skuska/Maturita
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Slovenia
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South Africa
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Spain
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Sweden
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Switzerland
Federal Maturity Certificate
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Turkey
Lise Diplomasi (High School Diploma)
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
German

A levels

AAB including German at minimum grade B. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in German or, take the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) as evidence of proficiency in German.

Cambridge Pre-U
Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including German at minimum grade M2. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - with Distinctions - is likely only to be considered when offered in combination with other qualifications in German such as A-Level grade B. Alternatively, if you have DDD, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Combinations of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with Distinction) and other qualifications (such as two A-levels) considered

 

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers including German at minimum grade B, in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

International Baccalaureate
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including German at HL5. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
See our Entry Requirements for applicants  from the USA and/or Advanced Placement qualifications. 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Most applicants are considered between November and March. Admission requirements are flexible, but evidence of study in German to an appropriate level is always required. A detailed list of the additional credentials and musical skills required for the BA German & Music can be found on the web page of the Department of Music.

Student profiles

German with a year abroad BA
King's was always my first choice of university when I was considering higher education at school. After my first Open Day visit, I fell in love with the university! I was attracted to King's because of its fantastic reputation and of course, the location. There is no place like London - and no place where I would rather spend studying for my course!

The resources that are available to students are hugely beneficial, especially as I study at the Strand campus. The Maughan Library is a only a short walk away, there are numerous study areas, cafes and canteens and so on. In addition to the brilliant facilities on offer to students, the location of the university is especially beneficial if you want to find part-time work, and also go out and enjoy yourself.

I love my course; the staff and the department give unconditional support, they are always friendly and welcoming. In addition to the staff, the senior students are always on hand to offer support, and they run really great societies and clubs which I would recommend anyone to get involved in. The language societies always have events planned, ranging from pub quizzes to a trip abroad.

I consider myself to be very lucky that I have met such fantastic people and am located in such a wonderful place. I am looking forward to the next few years here at King's, and feel safe in the knowledge that King's will get me to where I want to be after I have graduated.
German with a year abroad BA
I started at King’s in September 2009 after being allowed to defer my entry for one year so that I could spend some time working as an Au-pair near Düsseldorf. I chose King’s for various reasons. King’s offers a wide range of modules in German from medieval literature to modern day politics to cinema through the times. The structure of the course allowed me to be able to choose the modules that interested me the most and therefore you can structure your degree to suit your own interests and abilities.

Another factor that compelled me to opt for King’s was the friendly nature of the department. It made me feel comfortable making the transition from A-level student to undergraduate at such a prestigious institution.

My initial impression of King’s being friendly has not changed at all. The lecturers in the German department really make an effort to get to know students, their academic interests, what they would like to do in the future and are always there to help when needed.

A great opportunity as part of studying German at King’s is the year abroad and King’s has great links with universities in Germany and Austria. I spent my year abroad studying in Frankfurt and do not hesitate in calling it the best year of my life so far. Not only were there some interesting module choices on offer but I discovered a new part of Germany, lived in a student flat share with Germans and most importantly for me, made friends for life. I continue to visit Frankfurt now and am considering moving back there sometime in the next few years.

As for my plans after King’s, at the moment I have a few options. I plan to stay in London for the time being and the short term plan is to work. Over the coming summer I’m hoping to work as a tour assistant at Wimbledon where I can use my second language on a daily basis. Beyond the summer I’m looking for jobs where I can use my second language and hope to either find a job in translation or as a German speaking assistant in an international company.

In the long term I’m still considering applying to do a master’s degree in German and Comparative Literature after I’ve spent some time working but whether it be in the UK or Germany, I’m not yet sure. What I can say though is that studying German at King’s has provided me with so many options and there is no doubt that being able to speak another language has boosted my chances for the future.
German with a year abroad BA
I was attracted to London because I wanted an international and metropolitan setting for my undergraduate studies. King’s was the obvious choice for its strong academic reputation and excellent German department. The department has been producing fantastic research in areas that have been extremely relevant to my personal interests, allowing me to develop my knowledge of literature post-1900 in particular.

The college has many extra-curricular activities and groups which have also been beneficial to my studies. The German Society, of which I was president from 2010-11, produces an annual play which has been a highlight of my experience at King’s.

The German department’s partner universities in Germany were also a decisive factor in deciding to study at King’s. I spent my Erasmus year abroad studying at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where I was able to explore other styles of literature to compliment my studies at King’s, including modules on feminist and cyborg literature.

In my dissertation, I consider the legitimacy of labelling Franz Kafka’s Der Proceß and “In der Strafkolonie” as works of dystopian fiction. This project frames these texts within the wider discourse of utopia and dystopia in the twentieth century, focusing on analyses by Ernst Bloch and Darko Suvin, whilst also taking classical dystopian novels of the same era as measures of comparison. The project focuses on the themes of sex and technology within dystopian fiction as tools of oppression which aid in maintaining a state of dystopia.

I have applied for a DAAD postgraduate scholarship to continue my studies in Berlin, and also for programmes at King’s and Cambridge, where I hope to complete an MA in European Literature or German Literature. I plan to develop my undergraduate dissertation at a postgraduate level and frame Kafka within a wider European framework of dystopian discourse and literature.
German with a year abroad BA
I’m originally from Bath and decided early on that London was the city for me. King’s is the most central of all London universities which was a huge attraction, however it was by no means the sole reason why I chose KCL. The overriding factor to why I chose to study at KCL was based on how personable I found the staff to be and this has remained the case for the four years I have been here.

The German department can also pride itself on the modules that are on offer; from German politics, literature and history to German film, popular culture and of course the German language. As a result of this extensive range of modules, you gain the opportunity to explore many different avenues post university.

A German degree is not simply a mass of vocabulary, grammar and translation classes as some may assume. A passion of mine is traveling and with this degree you’re lucky enough to spend a year in a German speaking country. I found myself studying at the university of Vienna, however I also spent a large amount of time in Berlin and Frankfurt! The Year Abroad is one, if not the best chance to get a real understanding and grasp for the German language, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!

The German department also offers a range of extra curricular activities which I have been fortunate enough to be a part of. I have been an avid member of the German society which I am indebted to because through the various events, I have formed solid relationships with fellow members and made wonderful memories which will never be forgotten. This year I have also been a member of the Königspost; a student led departmental newspaper which has given me interest into continuing this post university in an employment capacity. I plan to combine my love for writing and the German language by working for a German branch of an established magazine company, watch this space!
German with a year abroad BA
Being centrally located was one of the key things I was looking for when applying to university. King's central location made it just perfect, and its Strand Campus is so faultlessly placed. Studying German at King's is fantastic, not only is there a huge choice of modules to choose from, but as I'm studying a language, I get the opportunity to study abroad.

Another advantage of King's is great sports facilities. I currently play football at a competitive level for the King's Medical Women's team. Outside of my studies I volunteer as a Metropolitan Police Special Constable and I waitress part-time. London can be an expensive place to live; these extracurricular activities help with expenses as I receive free travel from the Metropolitan police for my time volunteering as well as a reasonable salary working part time.


Overall, London is an exciting place to study, especially at such a reputable institution such as King's, I aim to make the most out of the remaining time I have here.

You can read Sana's blog for 'Arts & Humanities Life' here.