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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

German Studies

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: R210

What you'll study

Germany is becoming the central power in Europe. Engage with the country’s language and culture – and then its people, when you spend your third year there.

You’ll gain real-world experience on this course by spending your penultimate year studying abroad.

  • A foundation year boosts your skills and knowledge if you don't quite meet our academic entry requirements

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 French, Spanish, English, Italian, German or Chinese.

  • Spotlight on Language

    This module introduces you to three key areas of the formal study of language: language learning and teaching, linguistics and translation. 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

    In each year, you’ll undertake two core German language modules, at either beginners and improvers or advanced level. Beginners and improvers level is for those without an A Level in languages. You'll start from scratch in a new language with an emphasis on key structures and intensive practice. If you have an A Level, you'll study at advanced level and begin to move confidently as you attain real-world language skills and explore various ways to apply these.

  • German Language 2

    At beginners and improvers level, still working 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. At advanced level you'll build on the ground acquired in trimester one to apply your practical language skills in a range of contexts. 

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • 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 including cinema, art and literature amongst others. This illustrates 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

    Engage in 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 a German-speaking country.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a foreign language. This module 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 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

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

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

Compulsory modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

    Hone your research, critical, 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 your trip to a German-speaking country, 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 German. This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in many contexts and on multiple platforms.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • 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 the 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 local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change. This will enable you 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. This module 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, engaging 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

Germany is often thought of as the economic and political hub of Europe. It's one of the oldest powers of Europe and the source of many of its peoples (including the English). Today, Germany is a country of industry, economy and politics, with strong links to the UK. That, of course, creates many good job opportunities for speakers of the language.

  • Spend an unforgettable year in Germany, getting to know the people, language and culture first-hand.
  • German at Hull was rated top in the UK with 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey (HEIs).
  • Our Shoosmith Language Learning Centre offers facilities including specialist IT services with the latest language learning and translation software.
  • Get support tailored to your needs through one-to-one sessions with our expert staff.

At Hull, we help you to get to know the culture and the people of Germany in depth, as well as its language. This focus – along with the experience gained from a year in Germany – will give you an outstanding depth of knowledge relating to the country.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.

Assessment
Written
Practical
Coursework

First year

44%

39%

17%

Second year

15%

27%

58%

Year abroad

100%

Final year

16%

24%

60%


Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

You don't just have the opportunity to 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.

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

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from 

  • A levels.
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should have a GCSE in a foreign language at Grade C or above.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 45 credits at merit

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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, teachers of English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad, translators or interpreters, while many choose to enter business and commerce, with accounting, banking and jobs involving computers becoming increasingly popular.

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