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Humanities

QR32 BA English and German (4 yrs)

'You read widely, have a talent for languages, and are passionate about communication. English and German at Southampton offers you the opportunity to think about language and literature in new and engaging ways'.

Introducing your degree

A joint degree in English and German provides a broad understanding of English language and literature along with language training in German. Your third year will be spent abroad in a German-speaking country as an English language assistant, studying on a university course, or on an approved work placement. Our graduates have gone on to careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

Programme Overview

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Programme Structure

This joint degree provides a broader understanding of the literature and critical theory aspects of your English studies, while emphasising linguistic training and the study of contemporary culture in German. As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our German Resources Room, including extensive multimedia facilities and online/streaming resources.

  • In year 1,students normallytake a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
  • In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
  • The third year is spent in a German-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Most students of German go to Germany, a smaller number go to Austria, and some have also chosen to spend a year in Switzerland. Our current German-speaking ERASMUS partners are the Universities of Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tübingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
  • The final year also leaves you with a large range of options in both subjects, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. This includes the option to complete a dissertation in either subject.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

  • Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
  • 90% of the English department's research was judged of international importance in the 2008 RAE
  • Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
Education driven by research
Education driven by research

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB to ABB including Grades AB in English* and German.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

*Whilst an A in English at A Level is usual, we also seriously consider candidates who perform strongly in other essay-based Humanities subjects. We may interview students without a Literature component in their A levels, due to the literary emphasis of our degree programmes. 

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 in English* at higher level and 6 in German at higher level 
International applications

We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking.

Alternative qualifications

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

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Innovation modules outside of your subject area

Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

Learn a language

Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.

View the language modules on offer for this course

Year 1

In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). A minimum of one module in English will be taken in semester one, and one double module in English will be taken in semester two; the other two in each semester will normally be taken in Modern Languages. One module in each semester will be your German language course

English:
Narrative and Culture may be replaced with an alternative single module from another discipline PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English

German:
You will normally choose one optional modern languages module in each semester.  However, you may opt to take a single module in an alternative subject.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
GERM9___ German Language

Compulsory
ENGL1003
Critical Theory
Optional
LANG1004
Reading Culture
LANG1013
Reading the City
LING1001
Elements of Linguistics: Sound, Structure and Meaning
LING1003
Applications of Linguistics

Year 2

English:

Students normally choose one double module in one semester and two single modules in the other semester

German:
Students should normally choose one optional Modern Languages module (GERM / LING / LANG / FILM2008) in each semester. You much choose at least one optional GERM module in the year. FILM2008 may count as a GERM module.

LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.

You may, if you wish, replace one optional, 15 credit, single module in each semester with an alternative subject.  One of these will replace the equivalent credits in English, the other the equivalent credits in German.

Year 3

You will spend the year abroad in a country where German is spoken, either as:

  • an English language assistant
  • studying on a university course
  • on an approved work placement

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:

Year abroad

Year 4

English:
If you wish to do an English dissertation in semester two, you will normally choose EITHER two single English modules OR one double English module in semester one. If you do not wish to take an English dissertation, you will normally choose one double English module in semester one and two single English modules in semester two.

German:
You will normally choose one optional Modern Languages module (GERM / LING / LANG) in each semester. You must choose at least one optional GERM module in the year.

 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities

Students developing teaching skills
Students developing teaching skills

Studying English and German at Southampton will help you acquire high-level critical thinking and communication skills that are essential to navigate your career. Our English and German graduates have progressed to high-flying careers in fashion, journalism, financial services, management and administration, teaching, travel and tourism, creative writing, and many other areas.

You will be developing and practising the skills required for a successful career from day one of the course. Over three years you will learn to

• write in different ways and for different formats
• communicate with fluency in another language
• argue your case
• make interesting and confident presentations
• work effectively both on your own and in groups
• identify and research areas that you think are important

These are all skills that are valued not just by us but by employers. As a student rep you might also take an active role in the governance of the department, of a student society, or of the Students' Union. English and German also offers some opportunities for direct work experience.

• Find out more on our English and Modern Languages Careers and Employability pages

• Learn about the experience gained by our graduates during their time with us on our Alumni pages of our English and Modern Languages websites

• Read interesting employability facts about our English and French degrees on our Employability Facts and Figures pages on the English and Modern Languages websites

Caroline Wyatt, a graduate of English and German at Southampton, went on to become the BBC’s Defence Correspondent. “The most important part of my degree was being taught how to learn and how to research thoroughly,” she says. “This has been incredibly important. More practically, of course, my qualification in German helped me to get my first posting with the BBC to Berlin.”

Learning & Assessment

Combine pleasure with learning
Combine pleasure with learning

An English and German degree at Southampton provides you with an excellent education in literature, language, and cultures in the wider European and international context. There are opportunities for creative writing, study abroad, as well as work experience in local schools. We are committed to providing a rich, rigorous, and above all enjoyable experience ensuring that you graduate as a confident, curious and independent self-starter equipped with the skills for a successful career.

• Research-led teaching by English and Modern Languages academics who are passionate about their subject

• Talks by visiting speakers from international universities and by successful professionals

• Access to the Language Resource Centre’s extensive collections of video and audio recordings, grammars and dictionaries, newspapers and magazines

• An exciting range of assessment methods including speaking and listening exams, presentations, a year abroad investigative project, portfolios, and dissertations, as well as essays and exams

• Specialist online learning resources for every module

• Opportunities to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian, Polish

• An academic advisor to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress

• Study at one of our partner universities under the Erasmus scheme during your year abroad

• Opportunities to visit Chawton House Library and the former home of Jane Austen, as well as visits to galleries, museums, and theatres

Costs

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT - Computer discs or USB drives: Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT - Software licenses: All software is provided.
EquipmentIT - Hardware: It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
Printing and copyingWhere possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour) A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour) Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy. You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to www.printcopypayments.soton.ac.uk Please remember that we are unable to refund any credit that has not been used by the end of your course, so please consider this when topping up your printing/copy account. You will be given a printing allowance of £1 per 7.5 ECTS ENGL towards the costs of printing lecture handouts and/or practical scripts. The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/copyrooms/service.page. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page?
PlacementsStudents on placement programmes can expect to cover costs for health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses, travel costs and visa costs. This will vary depending on which country you are travelling to. Specific details on what additional costs there will be are detailed in the individual module profiles which can be found under the modules tab of the programme details of your programme.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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