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German and History (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

German and History (BA)

German and History (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • RV21
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


A modern languages degree equips you with excellent communication, research, critical and evaluative skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers. German and History (BA) combines in-depth study of German language and culture with a wide range of historical subjects. 


This degree combines in-depth study of German language and culture with a wide range of historical subjects. 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.

Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.

In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German. 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 History, you will go on to develop your language skills in more advanced 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. Currently, during the year abroad, students 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 and analysing materials set for study, 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 intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years 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.

We have partner organisations in cities including Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Dresden. The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

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

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside A level A level History and an A level in a modern or classical language will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, grade A in A level History and grade A in an A level in a modern or classical language or D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, grade A in A level History and grade B in an A level in a modern or classical language

Additional requirements: 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).

  • 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 One
Modern German Language 1 or Modern German Language for Beginners
Making of the Modern World

This module contextualises later modern history by providing a framework in which major historical processes of the later modern era are studied on a worldwide scale. The module moves away from a Eurocentric and narrative focus, and provides more scope for historical approaches based on culture, identity and environmental history. Central features of the module are:

• The Enlightenment, Revolutions & Modernity

• Modern Ideologies: Liberalism, Socialism and Fascism

• Industrialisation and the Problem of Global Inequality

• Imperialism, Globalization, and Questions of Race

During this module, you'll develop your writing, analytical and critical skills through writing essays and evaluating a range of materials including oral history, film, music and architecture.


The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text

In your study of the intellectual history of post-war Germany, you will consider the rise of the mass media and the role played by writers and intellectuals. Through your analysis of diverse literary and filmic texts, you will build your understanding of major landmarks in German history, including post-WWII political reconstruction, the development of the press in the Federal Republic, unification and military reintegration, the opposition to rearmament and student movements, and migration and settlement. The work of intellectuals such as Heinrich Böll, Peter Weiss, Bernhard Schlink, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Paul Verhoeven will inform your studies

OR

Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment

Starting with the study of the social milieu of late 18th century Germany, you will consider the cultural and intellectual changes of this period, and in particular the rise of the middle classes in the Age of Enlightenment. You will engage with the work of the globally significant writers of this period, including Goethe and Schiller, and study the light they cast on the emerging middle-class consciousness just prior to the cataclysmic changes of the French Revolution of 1789.


Intermediate Year^

Modern German Language 2

In this second-year module, you will increase your general and specialised vocabulary in German through translation into English and German, essay-writing in German, spoken and listening comprehension. In pursuit of these aims, you will learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems, and gain increased sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular. You will also gain important research skills, including correct use of dictionaries.

OR

Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)

You will increase the range of your general and specialised vocabulary in German, improve your speaking, listening and comprehension skills, and develop your ability to translate into and out of German, including through a sound knowledge of grammar, register, semantic nuances and style. There will be opportunities to write in German and to practice in the specialist vocabulary of business, economics and finance.


Optional Modules

Intermediate year German Studies modules

An Early Modern History option

A Modern History option


Final Year
Modern German Language 3

In third-year module, you will use vocabulary of increasing sophistication in both general and specialised fields, and improve your skills in spoken and written German and translation. You will improve your listening and reading comprehension skills, and learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems. An important aim of the course is to cultivate sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular.

Optional Modules

Final year German Studies modules

^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken

Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.

They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
  • Careers in the Public Sector
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
  • Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
  • Languages Alumni Evening

Find out more about our Careers & Skills here.

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

BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside A level A level History and an A level in a modern or classical language will be considered. A typical offer would be to obtain D in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, grade A in A level History and grade A in an A level in a modern or classical language or D* in a BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate, grade A in A level History and grade B in an A level in a modern or classical language

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Arts Excellence Scholarship 2020
£1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA+ or equivalent for this course.

UCAS code
RV21

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
Department of History

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

This information is applicable for 2020 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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