German & Portuguese & Brazilian Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: RR25
Attain a high level of proficiency in German on this joint degree in the heart of London and develop knowledge and understanding of the culture and society. Portuguese study embraces the language, history and culture of four continents: Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

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.

Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
  • Programme taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly environment.
  • Wide range of modules is unique in the UK.
  • King’s library contains the most complete collection of material on Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa available in any UK university.
  • Central location offers students the opportunity to make use of the library of the Luso-Brazilian Council.
  • Opportunity to study abroad for a year offers students the chance to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.
UCAS code
RR25
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 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies is active in all fields of Penninsular language, literature and cultural history from the earliest times to the present day. Our particular strengths are in medieval and early modern studies, modern literature and culture (both Peninsular and Latin-American), and Portuguese language. The core language modules help students refine and deepen the linguistic knowledge essential to all fields of study.

If you are a beginner in the Portuguese language, you additionally take a one-week language course prior to the beginning of the year, and one intensive language course in Portugal prior to your second year.


For more about the departments of German and Spainsh, Portuguese & Latin American Studies, follow the departmental contact links.


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 Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

CAREERS

Your degree will equip you with the language skills, cultural awareness and critical independence necessary to compete successfully in almost limitless range of careers.

Recent graduates have gone on to gain employment in areas including business and commerce, finance, marketing, accountancy, law, the Civil Service, the media, charitable and non-governmental organizations, while others have remained in higher education to gain a teaching qualification or continue their studies at postgraduate level.


TEACHING STYLE

Our programmes are taught by world-class lecturers in a friendly and well-resourced environment. Through lectures, interactive seminars and individual tutorials we help students to become independent, lifelong learners, who contribute to the quality of their own education.

You will be studying with staff who are experts in a rich variety of fields and whose advanced research will put you at the cutting edge of critical thinking. As you progress, you will be able to tailor your degree according to your particular interests and gain exposure to different disciplines and approaches, such as History, Political Science, Comparative Literature, gender and cultural studies, as well as film and visual arts.


STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

Our programmes offer students a flexible yet coherent structure within which to explore the richness of the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds. In the first year, you will take a core language module and a core culture module, ‘Global Iberias’. Depending on your programme, you will choose additional optional modules. In subsequent years, you will take a core language module, and choose from a variety of electives. In your final year, you may take a research topic to replace one or two of your modules.

Progression from year to year depends upon passing the required number of credits and the compulsory language module.


LOCATION

We are located in the heart of London, within easy access to a wide range of institutes and centres (eg the Instituto Cervantes, Camoes Institute) that promote Hispanic and Lusophone culture including theatre, music, and art. The Maughan Library contains an extensive collection of material on the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds, including several in the Rare Books collection. Within London there are other important complementary collections in the libraries and research institutes of the University of London and the British Library.


SPECIAL NOTES

The year abroad is an obligatory and enriching part of our programmes, with a wide range of options to study (eg. under the Socrates-Erasmus programme) or, through the British Council English Language Assistant programme, to teach in a variety of institutions in Spain and Latin America.


 

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(s) for further advice.

YEAR 1

You should take the core and compulsory modules outlined. 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 (compulsory)
AND
German Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)
OR
Translation from and into German I (native speakers only)

Portuguese
 
Core Language
Global Iberias (compulsory)


YEAR 1 OPTIONS
German
Milestones of German History
One Hundred Years on German Cinema
Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society
German Politics and Society

Portuguese
Race Development and Culture in Modern Brazil
Literature, Love and Society in Portugal
Slavery Society and Nation in Brazilian Literature
Portuguese Modernism

 



YEAR 2

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



YEAR 2 CORE

German

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

Portuguese

Core Language



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 
 
Portuguese

Postcolonial Portugal: Literature and Film
Introduction to Brazilian Popular Music Studies
Portuguese Short Fiction in the Twentieth Century
Leaders, Legends and Chivalry in Medieval Portugal
Brazilian Poetry & Song I: Modernism Samba and the Estado Novo 1915-1945
Portugal: Modernity, Traditionalism & National Identity
History of Brazil, 1889 to the Present

 



YEAR 3

This is normally spent in a German- or Portuguese-speaking country, or may be split between the two.



YEAR 4

Students should take the core modules outlined plus two options in Portuguese to a total of 30 credits and two to three options in German.



YEAR 4 CORE

German

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

Portuguese

Core Language



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

Portuguese
Composition
Brazilian Poetry and Song II: 1958 to the Present
Imperial Visions in Iberian Literature
Cross-Cultural Exchanges between Africa and the Americas
Love, Dictatorship & Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Fiction
Voicing Love and Dissent in the Sixteenth Century
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.
Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian

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
German

Preferred subjects
History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian
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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian

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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian

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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian
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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian
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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian

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.
Preferred other subjects: History, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Italian

 

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 & Portuguese & Brazilian Studies with a year abroad BA
I happened across King’s Prospectus by chance at the end of a difficult UCAS application, quickly realising that King’s was highly regarded for the languages I wanted to study; and with its location in London, on the Strand, would provide a good all-round experience with a healthy balance of work and play.


Over the past 3 years I have had access to more opportunities and met more fantastic people in more fantastic places than ever anticipated. My Year Abroad alone saw me taking summer language courses thanks to scholarship opportunities in Portugal and Germany, a semester as an Erasmus Student in Vienna, six months studying in Brazil and a quick trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina while I was on the continent.


This year I am President of the KCLSU Brazilian & Portuguese Society which I use as an excuse to get out of the library and to meet new people – Brazilian, Portuguese or otherwise; putting my Portuguese to good use at any one of the events, bars, and restaurants around town.