What will I study?
English and German is a degree which has a strong and distinctive comparative literary approach for those wishing to pursue a study of German language and culture together with the English-speaking tradition and the interconnections and interactions between the two.
Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society. Intensive language work from advanced or beginner level opens up the richness of German language and cultural life, enabling you to graduate as a highly qualified linguist with intercultural skills and a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present.
Core modules that focus on aspects of German culture, society, literature, film and history in your first year feed into a range of themed options in the following year. Your year abroad is normally in year 3, spent either as a language assistant, or working or studying at one of our partner universities (including Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Dresden and many more). We hold a residential course in Germany, open to all of our students on their year abroad. In the final year, we offer research-led modules taught by experts in their field and supported by the wealth of material in our Transnational Resources Centre. For detailed module information please visit the course page.
On the English side of your degree, you will get a firm grounding in English Literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, while our unique pathway structure enables you to pursue specialist areas of literary studies to suit your academic interests. After core modules in your first year, pathways in the second and final years provide you with flexible but coherent learning, focusing on English Literature, North American Literature, World and Comparative Literature or Literary and Cultural Theory. Modules offered include: Shakespeare and Selected Contemporary Dramatists, Romantic and Victorian Poetry, Nineteenth- and Twentieth century American Literature, European Novel, European Theatre, Postcolonial Literature and modules on women’s writing, contemporary literature, and literary and cultural theory.
How will I be taught?
You will have around 12 hours of contact time per week. 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.
How will I be assessed?
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.
What opportunities are there to study abroad?
You will spend a year of your course abroad, normally in year 3. We offer placements at carefully chosen partner institutions through the University’s study abroad scheme or through independent partnerships. It is also possible to work for the British Council as an English language assistant, or to set up an independent work placement.
A Level AAB including English Literature and a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
International Baccalaureate 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature and 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements. General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
English Literature and German A Level. English Language is acceptable in addition to Literature, but is not normally accepted as a substitute.
Taking a gap year - Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews - We do not normally interview, but applicants may be invited to interview at the discretion of the Department.
Departmental Offer Holder Days - Offers to applicants include an invitation to a choice of Departmental Offer Holder Days in the spring term. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
We offer a wide variety of modules exploring German language, culture, society and history, as well as modules in English Literature.
More information about modules and the structure of this course can be found on the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies and School of Modern Languages and Cultures websites.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
What careers can a Warwick degree in English and German lead to?
Our graduates work for organisations including: United Nations, the Ministry of Defence, British Airways, BBC Sussex, Nestle.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Lead European marketer, Freelance translator & Editor, German Language Teacher, Project Controller, European Graduate trainee, Events Assistant.
A level: AAB including English Literature and a modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
IB: 36 points including 5 in Higher Level English Literature and 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language or Latin/Ancient Greek
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year), including a year abroad
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.