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German and History



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This degree combines in-depth study of German language and culture with a wide range of historical topics. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad.

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Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. You’ll graduate from this course as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present, and a multifaceted understanding of historical processes

This degree combines in-depth study of German language and culture with a wide range of historical topics. Alongside German language, you can study topics relating to post-1918 German culture (the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, and German society and culture since 1945) or you can study aspects of 18th and 19th century German culture (the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution). Your studies in History will additionally enable to you to explore the history of the European and non-European worlds.

You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year, you will follow one compulsory language module, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German, including grammar. You will also choose between two cultural modules, focusing on either the history and culture of German society since 1945 or German culture in the late eighteenth century. Both of these modules provide an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of German history, culture and society in the later stages of your degree. In History, you will take a core History module called Making of the Modern World, this contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied in a world-wide scale. You will also be able to choose between optional modules in early modern or modern history.

In intermediate and final year, in addition to core and optional modules in Economics, you will go on to develop your language skills in our compulsory language modules and your own particular interests beyond the language. Our modules reflect the research specialism of academics in the German department and cover a broad range of subjects in German culture, society, literature, politics, business, philosophy, film and history. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

You can choose to spend your year abroad studying at a university in a German speaking country or on a British Council Assistantship or a work placement. During the year abroad students will usually attend a residential orientation course in Germany at Easter time. Led by departmental staff, who travel out to lead the event, the course offers skills development, pastoral care, careers advice and guidance on final year study.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

- On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

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A level AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language and 6 in Higher Level History

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern German Language 1 or 

  • Modern German Language for Beginners

  • Making of the Modern World

Intermediate year
  • Modern German Language 2 or
  • Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)
Final year
  • Modern German Language 3
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

German: German Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933; Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism; Bertolt Brecht: Theatre as Revolution; The Strange World of Franz Kafka’s Short Stories; Violent Women in the German Cultural Imagination; German Memories of WWII - From Perpetration to Suffering; The Self and the Others I: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800; Business and Society in Contemporary Germany; Germany and the Holocaust: Interpretations and Debates; German terror and cultural memory; The Writer and Imperial Germany; Translation Studies modules.

History: A History of Africa from 1800; From the Revolution to the Drug War: Mexico’s Twentieth Century; Israel & Palestine after 1948; Reinterpreting the Holocaust: Sexualities, Ethnicity, Class; Medicine, Empire and the Body, c.1750-1914.

For further details about our German Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB to include A in History and B in a modern or classical language

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language and 6 in Higher Level History


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time, including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a German-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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