GERMAN WITH ARABIC (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, ABB, IB 34
Specialise in German language and culture, while spending a quarter of your time on learning Arabic.
Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. German Studies at Warwick provides the opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of German language and culture in collaboration with recognised experts in the field. Intensive language work from advanced level opens up the richness of German language and cultural life. Combining this with Arabic means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present and advanced intercultural skills so you can compare and move between languages and cultures.
You will spend a quarter of your time on Arabic. This language can usually only be taken at beginner’s or post-GCSE (or equivalent) level maximum. The course aims to bring you to B2 standard (CEFR) in this language (this approximates to A Level) by the end of the degree. If you have any prior learning of the language please contact ugadmissions@ warwick.ac.uk before applying.
You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning. If you’re studying German for the first time, your year abroad will be in your third year.
In your first year, you will follow a compulsory language module, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German, including grammar. To complement your language skills, you will follow two cultural modules that focus on the history and culture of German society since 1945 and German culture in the late eighteenth century. These modules provide an excellent and comprehensive foundation for studying further aspects of German literary, visual and political culture in the later stages of your degree. In addition to this, you will follow an Arabic language module at the appropriate level.
In your intermediate and final years, you will take modules that further develop your German and Arabic language skills. In addition to cultural modules on nineteenth and twentieth century German culture, you will have an opportunity to develop your own particular interests by choosing from a wide selection of modules offered by German specialists that cover a broad range of subjects in German culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, history and business, as well as translation and transnationalism. 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 at Easter time in Germany. 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.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
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.
Assessment will take the form of 50% coursework and 50% examination. 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.
You'll spend your year abroad in a German-speaking country where you will improve your knowledge and understanding of that country and culture.
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A level ABB to include German
IB 34 to include 5 at Higher Level German
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.
- The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text
- Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment
- Modern German Language 1
- Arabic 1 or Arabic Beginners Accelerated
- Modern German Language 2
- Arabic 3
- Modern German Language 3
- Arabic 4
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.
Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:
British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.
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A level ABB to include German
IB 34 to include 5 at Higher Level in German
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time, including a year abroad
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.
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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.