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French & German with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Expert academic staff will help you achieve a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading both French and German, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of the culture, literature, and society of both countries.

Taught in the heart of London, this degree offers a year abroad which is usually split between French and German-speaking countries, allowing you to immerse yourself in the cultures and hone your language skills.

Key benefits

French:

  • A leading department of French, currently ranked within the top five in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019).

  • Teaching features innovative approaches to French language, literature, cultural, political and historical studies delivered by leading academics.

  • The year abroad offers you the unique opportunity for immersion in French culture. We have exchanges with a number of partner universities in France and French speaking countries including Austria, Switzerland, Canada and Martinique.

  • Based in the heart of London, King’s location offers access to a variety of galleries, theatres, specialist libraries and resources, including the Institut Français.

German:

  • King’s is ranked as 6th in the UK for modern languages (QS World Rankings by Subject 2018).

  • Our small department offers a friendly feel and has a large common room for socialising.

  • 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.

  • Combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means graduates from King’s are highly employable.

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

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 RR12

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Department Department of French

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Course detail

Description

Our French with German BA course involves you following required language modules throughout the course, and also selecting from a diverse range of optional modules for both languages. Your optional modules in French cover Francophone literature from the Middle Ages to the present day, as well as further modules in French history, contemporary French institutions, film, politics and philosophy. Your German modules will include literature from all periods, German film, German history and German philosophical thought, as well as German political and social theory. The interdisciplinary nature of this course aims to develop a broad and profound critical understanding of both French and German history, society and culture while helping you to attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading in both languages.

Teaching style

We use lectures, seminars and small group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. French and German language modules concentrate on high standards in written, oral and translation skills, and will involve demanding tutorials with experienced native French and German lecturers

Assessment

We will assess your progress and attainment on all modules you take on both the French and German sections of the programme through a range of techniques including written exams and coursework. The final degree classification you will receive is dependent on which modules you choose to study in the last two years of the programme.

Location

Located in the heart of London at the Strand Campus, the modern languages centre is close to excellent resources for students, with specialist libraries including the Institut Français, as well as exceptional galleries, theatres and cinemas.

Special notes

If you take joint honours in French and German your year abroad will usually be split between a French-speaking country and a German-speaking country. 

 

Structure

Year 1

In each year you will study a required module plus a combination of optional modules totalling 120 credits.

You take the required modules outlined, and 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 required language module taken by non-native speakers).

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Core French Language (30 credits)
  • Introduction to French Literature (30 credits)

German

Ab Initio Students:

 German ab initio students are required to take the following modules:

  •  Introductory German (30 credits) 
  • Texts & Contexts for German ab initio (30 credits)
Non-native speakers:

Non-native German speakers are required to take the following modules:

  • German Language Core Module I (30 credits)
  • Texts & Contexts (30 credits)
Native German speakers:
  • Native German speakers are required to take the following modules:
  • Translation from & into German I (15 credits)
  • Texts & Contexts (30 credits)
Optional Modules

Native German speakers only:

In addition, native German speakers are required to take a further 15 credits from a range of optional modules which may typically include:

  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • One Hundred & Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

Year 2

In your second year, you will study required modules plus two optional modules in French and two or three options in German (depending on whether you are a non-native/ab initio or native German speaker).

Required Modules

French

You are required to take the following modules:

  • French Core Language (15 credits)
  • The Practice of Translation (15 credits)

German

Ab initio

German ab initio students are required to take the following module:

  • Intermediate German (30 credits)

German ab initio students are also required to take at least one of the optional 15 credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may typically include:

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

Non-native German speakers are required to take:

  • German Core Language Module II (30 credits)

Non-native German speakers are also required to take least one of the optional 15 credit modules that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may typically include:

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

Native German speakers are required to take the following modules:

  • Translation from & into German II (15 credits)

Native German speakers are also required to take at least one module that contain some pre-modern content from a selection that may typically include:

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

French
In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional French modules which may typically include:

  • Death & Desire: Love in French Literature Before 1700 (15 credits)
  • Writing the Self since 1700 in French Literature (15 credits)
  • French poetry after 1800 (15 credits)
  • The French Novel after 1700 (15 credits)
  • The Idea of France (15 credits)
  • Modernity and the City (15 credits)
  • Modern French History (15 credits)
  • French Political Thought II (15 credits)

German

Ab initio

In addition, German ab initio students are required to take one of a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may typically include:

  • German in London. The City in Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Society & 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 & Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
Non-native speakers

Non-native speakers are required to take one of a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may typically include:

  • German in London. The City in Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Society & 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)
Native speakers

In addition, native German speakers are required to take two of a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may typically include:

  • German in London. The City in Literature & Film (15 credits)
  • Society & 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)

Year 3

This year of study is spent abroad in French and German-speaking countries.

Assessment for this year will depend on whether you choose to split the year between two countries, or spend the entire year in one. It will also depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a French or German university, a language assistant teaching English, or on an approved work placement.

Partner institutions for the French semester currently include:

  • Université Lumière Lyon II
  • Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • Université Paris-Nanterre
  • Aix-Marseille Université
  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Paris)
  • École Normale Supérieure (Lyon)
  • Sciences Po (Paris)
  • Sciences Po (Lyon)
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Laval
  • Université de Strasbourg

Partners for the German semester abroad currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim
Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

You will study the required modules below plus up to three optional modules in French and German.

Required Modules

French

The following module is required for this course:

  • French Language Final Year (15 credits)

German

Ab initio & Non-native speakers

 

German Fourth year ab initio and non-native speaking students are required to take:

  • German Core Language Module III (30 credits)

Native German speakers
Fourth year native speaking students are required to take:

  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
Optional Modules

French
All fourth year students also take 45 credits from a range of optional French modules that may typically include:

  • The Stylistics of Translation (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Recent French Thought (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing in French (15 credits)
  • Images of Algeria (15 credits)
  • Shadows of Enlightenment (15 credits)
  • Old French Romance (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Republicanism & its Discontents (15 credits)
  • Class & Conflict in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (15 credits)
  • Proust (15 credits)
  • Sixteenth-century Encounters with the ‘New World’ (15 credits)
  • Québécois Fiction & Film across the Canadian Bicultural Divide (15 credits)
  • Citizenship & Exclusion: Theories & Practices (15 credits)
  • Satire in Early Modern France (15 credits)
  • Politics & the Moving Image in post-1968 France (15 credits)
  • Queer Sexuality in Pre-Modern French Literature (15 credits)
  • The French Revolution Effect: Italy, France, Germany, Greece (15 credits)
  • Other relevant modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or Global Institutes (15 credits)

German

Ab initio & Non-native Speakers

In addition, you are required to take 30 credits from a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may typically 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 & 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
  • New German Cinema in East & West (15 credits)
  • Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women’s Writing: Then & Now (15 credits)

Native German speakers

In addition, you are required to take three of a range of optional 15 credit modules, which may
typically 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 (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)

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to date,innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change.

 

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

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

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

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements


A-level

AAB

German ab initio pathway: AAB including grade A in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German 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.

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.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

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.

In addition applicants must offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in French.

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

D3 D3 M2

German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2). 

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German required as a Principal Subject at 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) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate 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)

 

German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French.

or

DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French and grade B in German.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2), and, 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, including grade A in French.

or

DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French and grade B in German.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2), and, 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, including grade A in French.

or

M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in French.

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB, including grade A in French and grade B in German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2), and, 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

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

German ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AB at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher French (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French,  the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that Advanced Higher 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.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

German ab initio pathway: Must include 665 at Higher Level, including Higher Level 6 in French. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of French, the DELF or DALF will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in French (minimum DELF B2).

Standard pathway: As above, but note that German required at Higher Level 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.

English Language Requirements

Band B

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

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £18,900 per year.

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). 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

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
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

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

 

Financial help and support

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Career prospects

Many graduates from the French with German BA course choose to remain in further education and go on to study in law, finance or the media after graduation. The highly desirable combination of language skills, cultural literacy and critical thinking means that French with German graduates from King’s are in high demand in today’s employment market.

 

 

Career destinations

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • Lecturer, Goldsmiths College
  • Medical Recruitment Administrator, London Deanery
  • Research Fellow, University of Oxford
  • International Data Clerk, ES-Three
  • Recruitment Consultant, Chapman Black
  • Tenant Manager, Regents Group.

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