German (BA)

German is the native language of nearly one hundred million people. To speak German is to be part of a crucially important political, economic and cultural world

A recent survey by the UK's leading employers' organisation, the CBI, rated German as the language most valued by UK managers. Germany is considered to be the lynchpin of the European Union, making knowledge of the language as important in Brussels as in Berlin.

The linguistic skills you acquire will give you direct access to German history, literature, drama, music and film. Your understanding of the language will be further refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a German-speaking country at first hand.

We offer German for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to German History and Culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies. From the second year onwards, students choose from a variety of options, which as a supplement to German-specific topics, normally include modules on European film, comparative literature and cultural history, as well as translation theory and practice.  In the final year, students have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative, and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

 We aspire to offer a genuinely broad programme: challenging courses that cover not only intellectual history and language expertise, but also the practical skills of Business German and Translation Studies.

Key facts

UCAS CodeR200
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 185 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 600 applications
Typical A level offerABB including a B in a language. (General Studies is not accepted.)
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including B in a language (German or other language incl. Welsh). General Studies is not accepted.
Typical International Baccalaureate offerConsidered on individual merit
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Ms Elke Oerter, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

Whether you come to Cardiff to study for Single or Joint Honours German you will combine German with other modern languages modules in your first year. This allows you to  study up to three languages for a year and to change your degree programme after one year, should you wish to do so and should you obtain the required  grades.

Year one

As well as students with A-level German, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of German. Such applicants will generally require an A-level in another modern foreign language. We run two pathways for languages: one for students with an A-level or equivalent competence in a language; the other for students with little or not previous knowledge or learning of the language.

Our ‘Key optional modules’ indicate the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels, for example, modules at beginner or advanced level. You are then free to choose from the ’further optional modules’ list.

Please note that for 2016/17, the language element for all languages is increasing from 20 to 40 credits.

Year two

Note that the list of modules below is indicative only and modules may vary from year to year

Year three: Sandwich year

You spend the third year of your German degree in Germany or Austria. You have a range of options, which include studying at one of our partner universities, working as an English assistant in a school, or working for a German organisation.

While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned to the Year Abroad coordinator who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress.

Year four

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.

Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.

In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment. 

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.

Jobs

  • Teaching
  • Banking and Finance
  • Interpreter

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4 Year(s)

Next intake

September 2016

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