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German with English with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Attain a high level of proficiency in German, and develop knowledge and understanding of the culture and society. You may also choose from a diverse and comprehensive choice of English modules. The degree is based in central London and includes a year in a German-speaking country. Our core language modules cater for all levels.

Key benefits

German

  • Highly-rated department in German with an international reputation for the strength of its world-leading and excellent research.

  • Teaching informed and delivered by staff who carry out that research.

  • Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, and history.

  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.

  • Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.

English

  • One of the oldest English departments in the country, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research.

  • Personal attention given to each student, creating a vibrant intellectual atmosphere and a network of support.

  • Offers a wide range of modules, and diverse approaches.

  • Central location offers access to Shakespeare’s Globe, and countless other sites and buildings with literary associations.

  • Graduates develop transferable analytical and communications skills making them highly desirable to employers across a range of sectors.

 

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code R2Q3

Duration Four years FT

Study mode Full-time

Course type Major/minor honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of English,Department of German

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Description

Through our required language modules you will 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 three-year language programme is designed to support a range of levels of competence in German – from beginner to native fluency – and for the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Our extensive list of cultural modules reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching, with staff from across the Department contributing introductory and specialist modules that draw on their own research in German literature, culture and history.

At the Department of English, we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer – from medieval literature to modern poetry and women’s writing – but also on the diversity of our approaches, from contemporary literary theory to close textual examination and historical scholarship.

You will spend your year abroad in a Germanspeaking country, and this will allow you to reach a very high level of German, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of the culture and society of your host country. Your study will help you develop transferable skills such as linguistic fluency and analytical and communication skills.

Teaching style

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision, through which you will have contact with our staff, who are experts in their fields. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Our teaching style is interactive; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) 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, our Department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s College London's Maughan Library, 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 our Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play.

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, Mannheim and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

In your first year, you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you are required to take:

  •  Introductory German (30 credits)
  •  Texts and Contexts for ab initio (30 credits)

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language I (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:

  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)
  • Translation from and into German I (15 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)

English

There are no required modules in your first year.

Optional Modules

German

Two 15-credit optional modules from a range of options that may include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

English

You will take 30 credits from a wide range of options that may include:

  • Introducing Literary Theories (15 credits)
  • Writing London (15 credits)
  • Reading Poetry (15 credits)
  • Language in Time (15 credits)
  • Classical and Biblical Contexts (15 credits)
  • Medieval Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Early Modern Literary Culture (15 credits)
  • Introduction to American Studies (15 credits)

Year 2

In your second year you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you are required to take:

• German Core Language for ab initio II (30 credits)

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

• German Core Language II (30 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

• Translation from and into German II (15 credits)

English

In your second year there are no required modules.

Optional Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, you will additionally take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

If you are a non-native German speaker, you will additionally take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
You will take a further 45 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, you will additionally take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:

• The German Reformation (15 credits)
• 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
• Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)

You will take a further 60 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:


• The pre-modern modules listed above
• German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
• Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
• A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
• Hitler’s Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
• Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
• History into Literature (15 credits)

 

English

You must choose two modules (30 credits) from a wide range of options that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Cultural Encounters (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • History, Politics & the Elizabethan imagination (15 credits)
  • The Rise of the Novel (15 credits)
  • Performance in Medieval Culture (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Comedy and Identity (15 credits)
  • London Literature 1380-1450 (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • The Poetry of Revolution (15 credits)
  • Prose Fiction (15 credits)
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis (15 credits)
  • Modern Theatre (15 credits)
  • Theatre Capital (15 credits)
  • Fin de Siecle (15 credits)
  • Shocks of the New (15 credits)
  • C19th American Literature (15 credits)
  • The Colonial Novel and British India (15 credits)
  • Mapping Modernism (15 credits)
  • American Popular Culture (15 credits)
  • Theory, Culture & Politics after the 1960s (15 credits)
  • Creative Writing Drama (15 credits)
  • Old English Poems and Modern British Poetry (Medieval) (15 credits)
  • Subjects of Desire (Medieval) (15 credits)

Year 3

You will spend your third year abroad at one of our partner institutions which currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim

You will also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a German-speaking environment, which you will normally be expected to organise independently, allowing you to explore career prospects and personal interests.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

In your fourth year you will take 90 credits in German and 30 credits in English.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, you are required to take:
• German Core Language III (30 credits)
You will additionally take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
• Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
• Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
• Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

You will also take 45 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Dissertation (15 credits)
• Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
• German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
• Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
• New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
• Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your fourth year, you are required to take:

• Translation from and into German III (15 credits)

You will additionally take at least 15 credits from modules that contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
• Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
• Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
• Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
• Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

You will also take 60 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may include:
• The pre-modern modules listed above
• Dissertation (15 credits)
• Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
• German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
• Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
• New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
• Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)

English

There are no required modules in fourth year.

Optional Modules

German

You may then choose 75 credits from a wide range of optional modules that may include

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Aspects of post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
  • New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
  • Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women's Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

English

You will choose 30 credits from a wide range of options that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Autobiography and Modern Self-Representation (15 credits)
  • Critically Queer (15 credits)
  • Jane Austen in context (15 credits)
  • Beowulf (15 credits)
  • Postcolonial Perspectives (15 credits)
  • Imagined Worlds (15 credits)
  • Victorians Abroad (15 credits)
  • Reading Paradise Lost (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare's London (15 credits)
  • Virginia Woolf and the Politics of Reading (15 credits)
  • Modernist Short Story (15 credits)
  • Lost Worlds: Victorian Literature and Science (15 credits)
  • Testimony: The Holocaust and Rwanda (15 credits)
  • Poetry in America 1900 – 1950 (15 credits)
  • Imagining Britain: Medieval Places, Journeys, Maps (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

English (required of all applicants) German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway).

Preferred subjects

A language or History.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

A-levels: 
German ab initio pathway: AAB including English at grade A.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at 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) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Access to HE Diploma:
German ab initio pathway: 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. Substantial Level 3 study at Distinction to focus on English/English Literature.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Cambridge Pre-U:
German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including English at D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
Standard pathway: As above, but that German is required as a Principal Subject at Grade M2l. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in English.
Standard pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in English and grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in English.
Standard pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in English and grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in English.
Standard pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in English and grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:
German ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher English (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
Standard pathway: As above, but note that grade B in Advanced Higher German is required. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

International Baccalaureate:
German ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including English at HL6. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Standard pathway; As above, but note that German is required as a HL at Grade 5. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

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Career prospects

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 value foreign language ability, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that develops relationshipbuilding, 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 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.

Career destinations

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. 

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