Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Location of Study
University of Warwick
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 Theatre Studies (BA) gives you the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of German language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies.
This degree allows you to develop an in-depth knowledge of German language and culture while also exploring theatre and performance studies through both practice and theory. You benefit from the full range of expertise on offer in both departments, including cultural and historical modules in the School of Modern Languages, and specialisms in the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies including theatre in the African context, contemporary European theatre, applied theatre and playwriting. You’ll normally 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 normally be in your third year.
In your first year, you will follow a core German language programme at either beginner or advanced level. To complement your language skills, you will 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. On the Theatre Studies side, you will take core modules that introduce you to theatre and performance studies so that you can explore how theatrical form and language interrelate in production and how key theatrical movements have responded to particular moments of upheaval in history and politics.
In your intermediate and final years, in addition to core and optional modules in Theatre Studies, you will go on to further develop your German language skills. 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. 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.
How will I learn?
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.
12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.
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.
The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually 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 year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
General entry requirements
- ABB to include a modern or classical language
- 34 to include 5 in Higher Level in a modern or classical language
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside an A level in a modern or classical language
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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.
Modern German Language 1
You will develop your translation, grammatical and speaking skills in German, and in doing so broaden your vocabulary and range of idiom, expression and awareness of various stylistic registers. You will work in a pair or group on a media project under the supervision of a tutor, which will contribute to your end-of-year mark in spoken German.
Modern German Language for Beginners
As a beginner in the acquisition of the German language, you will cover the main linguistic skills in speaking, listening, writing and reading. You will focus on gaining grammatical accuracy as well and communicative fluency and competence. By the end of the year, you will be expected to be able to sustain everyday conversations in German, read authentic texts such as newspaper articles, follow the gist of TV extracts and be able to write an intermediate range of texts in German. You will also work on basic translations to and from German as a means of consolidating your knowledge.
Theatre and Performance in Context
This module introduces key concepts in theatre and performance studies, uncovering what theatre and performance can tell us about our cultures, societies and identities. These understandings are applied to case studies from around the world, which include ‘canonical’ events and alternative practices, both from within theatres and beyond them. The module hones your academic writing, research and presentation skills, which will serve you throughout your degree.
From Text to Performance
Through practical exploration of a number of selected plays and texts, in this module you will investigate the process of taking material from page to stage or performance, and the relationship between theory and practice. You will have the opportunity to experiment practically with realising multiple texts in performance, considering aspects such as staging, genre, narrative structure, performance strategies, dramaturgical thinking and directorial conceptualization, as well as the changing role and function of the audience.
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, and work on business-related materials. 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.
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 from German, including through a sound knowledge of grammar, register, semantic nuances and style. There will be opportunities to write in German and to work on business-related materials.
Modern German Language 3
In this 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.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- See the optional modules for BA German Studies
- See the optional modules for BA Theatre and Performance Studies
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
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 or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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Graduates from Modern Language courses have gone on to work for employers including:
- British Airways
- Civil Service
- Grayce Consulting
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ipsos Mori
- NBC Universal
- Save the Children International
- 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 to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events 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
"Friendly and easy to talk to"
"The department is incredible, they’re always on hand to help me whether it was with my year abroad queries or just general language-related issues. The best thing about them is that they’re really friendly and easy to talk to."
BA Modern Languages
"I chose Warwick because I really liked it being a campus university. I like how green it is, and I like the thought of everything being very close together. I come from the countryside, so it's not often I could just walk to the shops and have everything in one place. And also because it's a very high-ranked university, so you know that you're going to get good opportunities if you come here."
German Studies BA
How did you decide on which languages to study?
"So I'm deaf in one ear and that means I can hear German much more easily than I can hear Spanish or French and on top of that, I really enjoy doing it at school. So I just thought it's a natural progression, really is to do something you enjoy at university and I like the fact that you can go travelling as well, so yeah, it's kind of many different reasons."
Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?
"I chose Warwick because I really liked it being a campus university and I like how green it is and I like the thought of everything being very close together. I come from the countryside, so it's not often I can just walk to the shops or have everything in one place. And also because it's a very high ranked university, so you know that you're going to get good opportunities if you come here."
What has been your favourite module so far?
"My favourite module would be the Kafka module that I did in second year, because you're studying these texts that you don't really, you don't know how to approach them at first, they're so wacky and strange, so it's quite different you’re a bit out of your comfort zone. I really like the way it was taught as well. It's very discussion based so, much more of a seminar than a lecture and that meant you could kind of ask questions or you could get your views heard."
Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?
"When you go away and you go to Germany, you see all the statues or museums and you understand, like, who the name is on top of it. That’s quite satisfying seeing someone you’ve studied like, oh, yeah, I actually know who that is. That's why they do them, it's kind of a, it's to get a whole different skill set. To learn the language you learn all the like the grammar and the vocab and how to communicate, but doing the culture, you can then understand like why not to say certain words or like the 'meaning' of history. So you get a lot of different angles when you study culture."
Where did you go for your year abroad?
"So on my year abroad, I was a language assistant in Hanover, so I was teaching English to a college of adults, so it was four adults and there were also a lot of migrants as well. So I really enjoyed teaching the migrants actually, because they had just come to Germany and they were really excited to learn about the different languages and different things and I actually felt quite useful."
What can you do outside of your studies?
"Outside of my studies I volunteer, So at the moment I'm volunteering in the Coventry Refugee and Migrant centre, so, just teaching English to refugees and migrants who have just arrived in the country, which is also following on from what I did my year abroad.
So within the university, there's like a whole bunch of societies you can do and there's also language cafes. So if you want to practice your language, you can go and meet people from the countries, you can do the random partner things so you can meet up with someone, talk half in English, half in German, so I've done that a few times, that’s always like - you feel very, like it helps your degree if you do that, but it's also just fun."
What are your plans after University?
"After uni I would like to do a masters I think. Over the course of uni you kind of narrowed down what you really want to do and so far for me, I like the idea of being able to continue a bit of what I've done at uni, so education a bit, but also go further into it and I would like to go into like educational reform in a way, so how you can make teaching really interesting or how you can make schools more engaging. I don't like learning out of textbooks, so I like the thought of being able to go into a school and be like, “oh, look, I'm not just sitting at a desk the whole day”. So for me, I'm kind of intrigued by that fact at the moment."
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further."
Theatre and Performance Studies BA
Hi I'm Miles, I'm a second year Theatre and Performance student here at the University of Warwick.
What fascinates you about Theatre Studies?
"I've always really been interested in theatre, but much more the performance side of things? It was only when I reached A level that I saw how important the academic and theoretical side of it was, and having studied here for a while now, it really has opened my eyes just how important theatre is."
Why did you choose to study at Warwick?
"I think what first attracted me to study here at Warwick was not necessarily just the range of stuff that’s taught in the department, but also the range of extracurricular activities going on, in terms of the societies and all the clubs you can get involved with, and it really helped me see how you can get a perfect balance between the academic and recreational side of life."
What modules have you enjoyed?
"The module that has most interested me has been the Theatre in the Community module, which I’ve studied this year. This is a module that culminates in a trip to a prison, where we do a workshop with some inmates, and it really helps us understand how practical methods that we use every day as Theatre students can benefit those who don’t come into contact with Theatre as much. Next year I’ll be able to take part in my own dissertation which can either be practical or theoretical. This is one of the really good things about the department, that you can choose to do a theoretical dissertation or a practical one, which really helps you harness the skills that you’ve honed over the past two years."
How do you find the teaching?
"The teaching’s fantastic, the lecturers are exceptional in terms of how much they know about the subject, which means you can always go to someone if you feel you have a specific area that you’re interested in and want to develop further. There’s a really nice mix between more practical workshops and seminars and lectures, which is really shown in the variety of modules themselves, which I think is a really great way of having to understand Theatre further. They are also more than willing to discuss with you and develop your own idea which I think is a really great way to develop independent learning."
How supported do you feel?
"I feel really supported by the department. There’s both a mentor and tutor system which is initiated in year one, which means you not only have a member of staff as somebody who you can go to if you have any personal issues, but also a student in the year above. Which I think is a really, really useful to have."
What are the facilities like in your department?
"Facilities are absolutely fantastic. We’ve got a number of studios which we can use and access regularly, which have their own fully functioning lighting and sound systems. There’s the opportunity for two studio shows each term, which means that students get to put on their own shows in the Arts Centre which is a fantastic opportunity to have."
What is the value of societies?
"Particularly as a theatre student, the role of societies is incredibly important because it allows you to do your own sort of, recreational exploration of Theatre, as well as the academic side, and it’s also a great way to meet and socialise with people from across all years. The ones I’m particularly involved in are WUDS, which is the Warwick University Drama Society, and ShakeSoc which is a specific society that’s dedicated just to looking at the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, which is a fantastic opportunity to have, especially because we’re so close with the RSC, and we get to go out and watch some of their shows, which is absolutely brilliant. The Warwick University Drama Society is also fantastic, they deal with much more – a much wider variety of published plays, and that’s sort of our main drama society."
What has been your favourite memory?
"My favourite memory so far from my course has to have been when I got the opportunity to perform in the Arts Centre. The opportunity to perform in such a fantastic venue is just something that I think I’ll remember forever."
How has your course excited you for life after your studies?
"There’s such a vast array of things that I’ve learned here as part of the Theatre and Performance Studies course, it’s shown that there’s just such a vast array of opportunities to get involved with Theatre aside from just the performance side, so, marketing, or even the theoretical or historical side to Theatre and Performance."
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