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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

German Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: R210

What you'll study

In each year, you’ll undertake two core language modules, at either beginners/improvers or advanced level. 

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

    Develop awareness of the cultural influences affecting your use of language to become a better communicator in an increasingly globalised world. You'll explore the subject through your own language knowledge and through engagement in other languages being studied and taught across the school.

  • Ideas and Identity: The Construction of National Identity

    Discover new and innovative ways of thinking about the national and cultural identities that are central to the language(s) you will be studying during your degree. You will learn about important cultural narratives and identity politics, by focusing on topics and texts in your chosen language(s) of study: French, Spanish, English, Italian, German and Chinese.

  • Spotlight on Language

    This module introduces you to three key areas of the formal study of language: linguistics, language learning and teaching, and translation studies. You'll explore similarities and differences between languages, which will aid your language learning and your ability to communicate and 'think' in your target language.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

  • German Language 1 – Beginners and Improvers

    Start from scratch in a new language and get communicating; or begin to move confidently beyond your A Levels as you attain real-world language skills. The emphasis at this stage is on key structures and intensive practice.

  • German Language 1 – Advanced

    Start from scratch in a new language and get communicating; or begin to move confidently beyond your A Levels as you attain real-world language skills. The emphasis at this stage is on key structures and intensive practice.

  • German Language 2 – Beginners and Improvers

    Still with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback.

  • German Language 2 – Advanced

    Still with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

    Can you trust History and historical facts? Is one person’s truth another person’s lie? In this module, you will compare the way the past has been presented and used by rulers, novelists, film-makers, and artists in a variety of cultures and languages.You'll explore further, the notions of memory, authenticity and changes within History and cultures.

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

    This module puts cultural representations of European and Chinese cities in conversation using a variety of forms (cinema, art, literature amongst others) to see how and why contemporary cities and their societies are interpreted and imagined, allowing us to engage with them in new, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

  • German Language 3

    With more intensive practice, group work, grammar revision, and the development of core skills such as translation, you’ll work with your teachers to ensure you’re reaching a professionally recognised standard, no matter at what level you began your studies.

  • German Language 4

    Here the practice continues in each language area with intensified emphasis on idiomatic, colloquial and formal registers in different social and cultural contexts. There is also a distinct emphasis on preparation for your time abroad in the countries of your target language(s).

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a Foreign Language. As such, it is especially relevant if you are considering spending your Year Abroad as a teaching assistant.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management - as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

  • Translation and Digital Culture

    Familiarise with a range of translation practices used on online platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix and Wikipedia. You will be introduced to the challenges and opportunities of translation across a range of digital contexts and you will be encouraged to reflect on the vital importance of the translator's critical and creative skills.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Year abroad

* Modules are subject to availability

Your third year is spent living, and either studying or working in a German-speaking country. You can choose from a range of options: study at one of our partner universities, work as a British Council Teaching Assistant in Germany or Austria, or work in a commercial placement.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

    Hone your research, critical thinking, analytical, writing, and independent study skills by working on a Modern Languages topic related to your programme of study. With input from your subject supervisor, you select your chosen area and conduct research to produce a final dissertation in your specialism.

  • German Language 5

    Back from the country or countries of your target language(s), the focus here is the consolidation of structures and grammar, as well as the serious development of skills in areas like translation, interpreting, textual exegesis, or subtitling.

  • German Language 6

    Building on all your work and experience to date, we’ll help to set you on your way to fluent professional and social use of your target language(s). This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in diverse contexts and on multiple platforms.

Optional modules

  • Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us, and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

  • Becoming a Professional Translator

    Apply your translation skills in the context of clients' needs and expectations. This module prepares you to successfully compete in the professional translation industry.

  • Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and/or local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change, to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries your are studying and real life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

  • Language Learning and Teaching

    Following on from the Introduction to Language Teaching module, you'll look at specific approaches to language teaching in more depth. It is especially relevant if you are considering doing a PGCE or other formal language teacher training after completing your degree.

  • Introduction to Subtitling

    Do you see yourself as a screen translator? In this module you will learn about subtitling theory and conventions and engage in hands-on practical workshops. You will use tailor-made subtitling software and produce your very own subtitled clips in the target language.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

“I found that Hull really offered a wide variety of different languages, so I thought it’d be perfect for what I wanted to do.”

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More about this course

Studying German at Hull combines the study of German language and its associated cultures as a gateway to understanding the German-speaking world. Through a varied interdisciplinary approach, it will equip you with the language skills, transferable skills, specialised knowledge and cultural insight necessary to access and engage intellectually with Germany’s vibrant cultural history and diverse contemporary landscape.

Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our team of Language Learning Advisors offer extra one-to-one support to help you with your studies, as well as a partnership scheme, which allows you to practise even more with German native speakers. While studying for your degree, you have the opportunity to gain a recognised teaching qualification in Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). If you don’t have the qualifications to enter the programme directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study. Year 3 of the programme is spent abroad, experiencing the German-speaking world first-hand, either working or studying, and immersing yourself in both the language and its cultures.

Teaching and Learning
Scheduled
Placement
Independent

First year

21%

79%

Second year

18%

82%

Final year

17%

83%

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

44%

39%

17%

Second year

15%

27%

58%

Final year

16%

24%

60%

Our teaching staff

You don't just become fluent in another language at Hull - you immerse yourself in the culture of the people who speak it.

Spend an unforgettable year abroad, studying at a partner university or working, in a country where your chosen language is spoken.

One-to-one support from our team of language learning advisors in the Shoosmith Language Learning Centre which is open 24/7.

Find out more about our facilities

Study for a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualification, enabling you to teach English anywhere in the world.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

 

Future Prospects

German is spoken by approximately 110 million native speakers across the globe.

It's the most widely-spoken language of the European Union. The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills lists Germany as one of the UK’s most important trading partners. As a result, German is one of the most sought-after languages in industry, meaning that a degree in German Studies could open up a wide range of careers.

Demand for linguists is expected to grow with the widening of the EU internal market. Some students become teachers (including TEFL) or translators and interpreters, while many choose to enter business and commerce of some kind, with accounting, banking and jobs involving computers becoming increasingly popular.

Marketing and exporting are also sought-after areas. Many of our students apply for management training of some kind, in either the private or the public sector, and around half of our graduates enter jobs which have a European or international aspect.