German - BA (Hons)

Both culturally and commercially, German is an extremely important language. Within Europe, it is spoken by more people than English or French. Worldwide, it is the third most widely used language on the internet (after English and Japanese), and it is frequently used as a second language in Eastern Europe, where it serves as a means of communication across international boundaries.

Overview

Fluency in the German language, combined with knowledge of political and cultural developments in the German-speaking world, opens up career opportunities in many parts of the continent. At Kent, we specialise in teaching the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking world of today, as well as in exploring its literary and social history.

Along with the other European languages taught at Kent, German has state-of-the art computing and audio-visual facilities, and benefits from having a language lector sponsored by the Austrian Exchange Service and native speaker language assistants from Germany. Many classes are taught in German, and German may be studied at Kent either post-A level or ‘ab inito’ (from beginners) level.

You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to their programme of study. You’ll develop your language skills, grow in self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.

Dr Tobias Heinrich, Lecturer in German, talks about his research in the role of the media in German culture, and what he enjoys most about teaching students at Kent.

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You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    BBB

  • medal-empty GCSE

    Grade B or 6 in second language

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances. A typical offer would be to achieve DDM.

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    34 points overall or 15 points at HL, including 4 at HL or 5 at SL in a second language.

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    N/A

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. At all stages it may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from elsewhere in the University so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you. One we would recommend is SCL504 - European Political Cinema.

Year abroad

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability. 

All German BA students are required to spend a Year Abroad between Stages 2 and 3. You are expected to adhere to any academic progression requirements in Stage 2 to proceed to the Year Abroad. If the requirement is not met, you may have to postpone your Year Abroad.

The Year Abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. You spend the year working as an English language assistant or in approved employment, or studying at one of our partner universities. For a full list of our partner universities, please visit Go Abroad.

Fees

The 2021/22 annual tuition fees for this programme are:

  • Home full-time TBC
  • International full-time TBC

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

Fees for Home undergraduates are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

We have a range of subject-specific awards and scholarships for academic, sporting and musical achievement.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars. You have regular teaching and conversation sessions with German native speakers.

Assessment at Stage 1 is by 100% coursework (essays, class participation) in the first half of the year, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. At Stage 2/3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, in a ratio that will normally be 50:50, 70:30.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a sound grounding in the German language in all its aspects, through extensive reading in German and through the use of German as spoken and written medium
  • immerse you in German-speaking culture by enabling you to spend one year in a German-speaking country or, usually, six months if you combine German with another language. In most cases, you'll be an exchange student at one of our partner German universities, a language assistant in a German or Austrian school or be working in one of several commercial companies with whom we have links
  • develop a critical awareness of the factors that have influenced the contemporary society and culture of German-speaking Europe
  • increase your awareness of the development of the German language over the last few centuries
  • train you to translate from German into English and English into German
  • assist you in developing sound methodological approaches to the analysis of cultural, historical, social and linguistic phenomena
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of situations
  • train you in the use of the internet as a resource and to assist you in mastering relevant aspects of information technology.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to spend a full academic year in a German-speaking country. They may attend one of the partner universities in Germany or Austria, work as a language assistant in a school through the British Council, or arrange suitable employment (which must be verified by the University of Kent).
  • Provide students with the opportunity to improve their spoken and written language skills in educational, professional and social contexts.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • German Language 
  • German and Germanic Literature and cultures from the 17th to the 21st centuries
  •  German and Germanic History
  • German and Germanic Critical Theory
  • German and Germanic Cultural Theory
  • German and Germanic civilisation and contemporary society, through first-hand experience 

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in how to:

  • apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry
  • evaluate information critically
  • synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
  • Utilise communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) for the coherent expression and transfer of knowledge
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of texts and other cultural products in a critical manner
  • Study and reach conclusions independently
  • Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument 
  • Utilise problem-solving skills related to everyday and academic or professional life in a German-speaking country

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in how to:

  • Communicate effectively in German for a range of purposes and audiences
  • Develop language skills in reception (listening and reading); production (speaking and writing); and mediation between at least two languages (translation and interpreting) 
  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the various structures and registers of German
  • Translate accurately and efficiently into and from the target language
  • Analyse critically a variety of texts be they journalistic, historical, visual or literary 
  • Gain intercultural awareness and competence, and an appreciation of cultural diversity 
  • Ability to mediate and display qualities of empathy in an intercultural context
  • Acquire intercultural awareness through everyday experience of and interaction with German-speaking communities1).

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means 
  • Evaluate one’s own academic performance 
  • Problem-solving skills in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
  •  Accurate and effective note-taking and summarising skills
  • Library and bibliographical research skills 
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
  • Manage time and prioritise workloads, think and perform under pressure 
  • Capacity for teamwork
  • Leadership abilities
  • Work creatively and flexibly
  • Deploy a range of Information Technology skills effectively, such as word processing text with footnotes, basic formatting, using e-mail, searching databases and text-files, navigating the Web
  • Develop independence and self-reliance while accommodating to and living in a German-speaking country

Independent rankings

Of final-year German students who completed the National Student Survey 2021, 95% were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course. 

German at Kent was ranked 3rd for student satisfaction and scored 90% overall in The Complete University Guide 2022.

Careers

Recent graduates have gone into careers such as teaching German, teaching EFL, translation, accountancy, law, customs, finance, publishing, journalism and tourism. 

The ability to speak another European language is a key asset in the global employment market, and many employers view a graduate with overseas study experience as significantly more employable.

Apply for German - BA (Hons)

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. Please visit the 2022 entry course pages.

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