German & History with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: RV21
Historical learning and critical thinking with a focus on an advanced study of German language and society. Choose modules from European medieval history to modern British politics. The degree programme is taught in the heart of London and covers historical skills, sources and thematic history.

KEY BENEFITS
German
  • 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, and history.
  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Insitut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
  • Opportunity to study in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
History
  • One of the best history departments in the world, ranked 6th in the UK by The Guardian newspaper (2013).
  • Excellent graduate prospects, amongst the top five in the country (Times Good University Guide, 2010).
  • Graduates get top jobs in a wide range of sectors, including law, business, government, heritage, finance and teaching.
  • A wider range of periods and places than most history degrees, from medieval Europe to modern India.
  • Students are taught in a friendly and supportive environment by expert historians.
  • The central London location offers students easy access to world-class museums, collections and libraries.

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UCAS code
RV21
Programme type
Joint honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of German
Department of History
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
This four year programme is designed to develop critical thinking and independence of thought about the past as well as focusing on an advanced study of German language and society. King's has a world-class reputation for the study of History, and students choose from an unrivalled range of options, from medieval Europe to modern India. Moreover students on this programme can choose from an exceptionally wide range of modules in the Department of German covering literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

Further information about the Department of German and the Department of History.


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).


ABOUT THE Department of History

CAREERS

The career prospects for King's history graduates are excellent, and our location in the heart of London provides outstanding access to leading employers in many fields. Students develop skills which give them a critical edge in the job market, in particular the ability to process information quickly, think independently and present their ideas in pressure situations. Former King's history students work for national newspapers, in top law firms, in the civil service, in state and private schools, in heritage, banking and business sectors and in many different universities across the globe. Noted King's history graduates include Ronan Bennett (novelist and screenwriter), Janice Hadlow (Controller of BBC Two) and Georgina Henry (Executive comment editor of the Guardian newspaper).  The department runs sessions jointly with thw King's careers service throughout the year, which are specifically designed for History students.

Recent graduates have found employment as…

• Academic Historian
• Dealers’ Assistant, Bonhams
• Research Analyst, Ministry of Defence
• Junior Accounts Executive, Chelgate
• Project Assistant, Heron Evidence Development
• Trusts & Statutory Fundraiser, Crisis UK
• Support Worker, Sense
• Departmental Runner, BBC


TEACHING STYLE
You will have regular and varied contact with staff and other students in lectures, seminars and supervisions. Most teaching takes place in seminars, which usually have between 10 and 20 participants and are a forum for discussion in which students have the opportunity to hone their discussion and presentation skills. Our first-year introductory module is taught in small supervision groups of 5 or 6 students, allowing for close discussion of historical texts and sources, and detailed feedback on your written work. If you choose to write a independent piece of historical research in your final year, which can be on any topic, this will also be taught on a one-to-one basis with a tutor. From the beginning of the degree, you will analyse primary sources as well as the writings of historians. We ensure undergraduate students are exposed to many different approaches to history, and encourage you to adopt a comparative approach, looking at the connections and contrasts between different periods and places throughout the degree. The discipline of research and writing is essential to the development of the skills of the historian. At King's, therefore, we require an extensive amount of written work and independent study.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The King’s History degree lasts three years and is assessed through a combination of essays, examinations, presentations and dissertations. Students choose from a wide range of modules, which cover historical topics from Medieval times (c400AD onwards) through to the present day. Optional modules in Ancient History are also available through the Department of Classics.

There is one compulsory module each year:
• Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches (first-year)
• History and Memory (second year)
• Thematic Special

In addition, students select more focused options, which students choose according to their own interests and specialisms. There are over 30 optional modules to chose from, which have recently included:
• Alexander the Great
• British Imperial Policy & Decolonisation, 1938-1964
• Caribbean Intellectual History, c1800 to the present
• The French Civil War, 1934-1970
• The History of Australia since 1788
• History of Political Ideas
• The Norman Conquest
• The Northern Ireland Troubles
• The Origins of Reformation in England
• Political Bonds in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
• The Soviet Union and Russia, 1945-2000
• Women and Gender in Early Modern England
• Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West
• Health, surveillance and the modern British state 


All our modules are designed by the lecturers in the department and reflect their own scholarly research specialisms.  For a full list see the department website.

In the final year, students have the opportunity to undertake a research dissertation on a topic of their choice, working under the one-to-one supervision of a member of staff who is a specialist in the field. As King’s is part of the University of London, second-and final-year students have the option of taking history courses at other institutions (such as UCL, and Royal Holloway), which means our students have an unrivalled choice of modules to choose from. The King’s History programme is unique in its pair of compulsory second-year ‘History and Memory’ modules, where students consider the role of history in the present day, from its social and public uses to the conflicts and controversies it can generate and do so by using London as a real, living source. Field trip teaching on these modules is delivered through downloadable podcasts.


LOCATION
The Department of History at King’s is centrally located on our Strand campus, and is within walking distance of the capital’s famous landmarks, such as the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, the River Thames and the South Bank. London offers unparalleled historical resources, including the British Museum, British Library, Imperial War Museum and National Gallery.

SPECIAL NOTES
All students are offered the opportunity to study abroad as part of their History degree at King's and recent popular destinations include The University of North Carolina Chapel, The University of Auckland and The University of Hong Kong.

 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. We review our optional modules on a regular basis, in order to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department(s) for further advice.

YEAR 1

You should take the core modules outlined below, plus one History optional module. Native German speakers also choose one optional German module. (This is because their German language module is worth 15 credits, rather than the 30-credit core language module taken by non-native speakers.)



YEAR 1 CORE

German

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

History

Historical Skills, Sources and Approaches



YEAR 1 OPTIONS
German
  • Milestones of German History
  • One Hundred Years on German Cinema
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society
  • German Politics and Society
History
Students choose one History module from the following list:
  • The Making of Britain 400-1400
  • Medieval Europe 400-1500
  • Early Modern Britain 1500-1750
  • Power, Belief and Culture in Europe 1500-1800
  • The Worlds of the British Empire, c1730-1960
  • Europe from 1793 to 1991
  • Politics and Society in Britain, 1780-1945
First year History module descriptions can be found here:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/modules/level4/2012-13.aspx

YEAR 2

You take the core module outlined below plus and two or three options in German (depending on whether you are a non-native or native German speaker) and two History optional modules.



YEAR 2 CORE

German

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



YEAR 2 OPTIONS

German

  • 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

History
Typical second year optional modules:

  • British Economic History from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century
  • Church, State and Nation in Britain, 1750-1939
  • Crime and the Law 1500-1750
  • Europe in the Age of Revolution and Napoleon
  • European Jewry & the Transition to Modernity, 1650 - 1850
  • Faith, Nation and Empire in Modern East-Central Europe (1800-present)
  • From Crowd to Court: Cultures of Politics in Later Hanoverian Britain
  • The French Civil War, 1934-1970
  • Friends, Political Bonds in Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy (1300-1550)
  • Greek History down to 322BC
  • History and Memory
  • The History of Australia since 1788
  • History of Political Ideas
  • History of the Iberian World, 1492-1822
  • History of the Roman Empire
  • The Sociology of the Middle Ages
  • The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • Religion & Society in Southern Europe
  • Roman History down to 31BC
  • The Soviet Union and Russia, 1945-2000
  • Themes in Early Modern Cultural History
  • Theories of Modern History

Second year students can also choose to take a module at another College of the University of London. A full list of intercollegiate History modules can be found here: http://www.history.ac.uk/syllabus/intercollegiate-courses

Second year History module descriptions can be found on our website:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/modules/level5/index.aspx

YEAR 3

This is 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

You take the core module outlined plus up to three German optional modules (depending on whether you are native or non-native speaker) and two History optional modules.



YEAR 4 CORE

German

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



YEAR 4 OPTIONS

German

  • 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

     

History:
Students can choose to take a Group III module which involves studying primary source materials or a Thematic Special Subject, in which students think comparatively and theoretically about the different periods and places they have studied in their degree so far.

Typical Group III modules:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Augustus: Power and Propaganda
  • Australia in the Second World War: Strategy, Politics and Diplomacy
  • Britain's Thatcher
  • British Imperial Policy and Decolonisation, 1938-1964
  • Caribbean Intellectual History since 1800
  • Carolingian Europe, c.750-900
  • The Making of a Colonial Regime: Eastern India, 1780-1820
  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • The Origins of Reformation in England
  • Reform & Rebellion in England, 1215-1267
  • Romans & Barbarians: The Transformation of the Roman West 350-700
  • Women & Gender in Early Modern England
  • Any intercollegiate Group III (please see http://www.history.ac.uk/syllabus/intercollegiate-courses)
Typical Thematic Special Subject modules:
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Economic Crises
  • Intimacies
  • Nations
  • Ritual
Final year History module descriptions can be found on our website:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/modules/level6/index.aspx

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 History at A and 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
Matura
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Portugal
Diploma de Ensino Secundário
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Romania
School Leaving Certificate
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Russia
Attest o (Polnom) Srednem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary Education)
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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
Maturitetno Spricevalo (Secondary School Leaving Certificate)
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South Africa
South African Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with Matriculation endorsement
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Spain
Titulo de Bachiller
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Sweden
Fullständigt Slutbetyg (School Leaving Certificate)
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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
History and German

A levels

AAB including History at grade A and 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. Substantial Level 3 study at Distinction to focus on History.  In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level German at Grade B 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 History at D3 and 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 and History such as A-Level History at grade A and German grade B.
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 English at grade A and 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 History at HL6 and 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.

Related programme student profile

History BA
One aspect I enjoy most about History at King’s is the opportunity to study under leading academics, a situation you are frequently reminded of when you turn to your professor’s publications whilst engaging with the course.

I chose to study History at King’s for two key reasons. Firstly, the department is an incredibly respected one, ranking second in The Sunday Times University Guide in 2011. Such a reputation coupled with the exciting prospect of studying in the centre of London really swayed me.

However, since arriving at King’s, and having gained the knowledge I have now, I would point to a number of other strengths King’s holds. This year I founded the History Outreach Programme, an initiative which now sees King’s History students running seminars on a fortnightly basis at over ten schools around London. The creation of this programme would not have been possible if it weren’t for the encouragement and support of our Student’s Union and History Department. As a result of this experience, I would highlight King’s’ active involvement with London’s vast community as a great strength of the University. Such a connection very much relies upon the strength of the relationships which exist between academics, staff and students at King’s.