BA English Language and German (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    QRJ2
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 97% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA English Language and German degree is offered by experts in both English and German with a focus on language, literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing.

The Department of English Language and Literature is ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year.
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • During Level One, you will develop a command of the basic methods, principles and vocabulary for describing, analysing and interpreting language and language use. 
  • At Level Two, your knowledge and understanding of language use will be developed.
  • Students spend the third year abroad either studying at a University, teaching English or working in a business.
  • During the final year you will be encouraged to undertake more independent and specialised work, allowing you to explore the area of applied language studies of most interest to you.
  • All of our degrees combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture in the German- speaking world. 
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.
  • Students have the option of taking part in the College of Arts and Humanities Literacy programme with Local primary schools through the Schools Literacy Scheme with Swansea City Local Education Authority.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
ENA101Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
Optional Modules
English Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE115Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Studying the English Language
AND
German Compulsory Modules: Advanced 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Advanced students (those with an A Level in German)must take the following.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG110ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 1 A
MLG110BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 1B
AND
 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLG117ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 1A
MLG117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 1B
German Compulsory Modules: Beginners 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Beginners students (those with out an A Level in German)must take the following.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (A) - 1871 to 1945
MLG100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to German Culture (B) - Since 1945
MLG108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German for Beginners I
MLG109Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German for Beginners II
OR

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
AND
German General Language Compulsory Modules 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of language modules (advanced or intermediate).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLG201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 2A
MLG201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 2B
MLG234ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate German A
MLG234BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate German B
AND
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one of the following modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG244Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema of the New Millennium
AND
German Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the requisite number of modules to make up a total of 120 credits.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2AIf you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLC235B.
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2BIf you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLC235A.
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2If you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLG235.
MLG235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 2If you wish to pursue this module, you must also select MLG210.
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MLG301ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10German General Language 3A
MLG301BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German General Language 3B
Optional Modules
AND
German Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1 x 20 credit module.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MLG300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG344Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20German Cinema in the New Millennium
AND
German Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : If appropriate, select modules to the value of 20 credits. Ensure balance across teaching blocks.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-305WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Patagonia Gyfoes
MLC335ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335B.
MLC335BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 3BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLC335A.
MLG310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (German/English)If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG350.
MLG350Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLG310C.
MLI345Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity

Description

Students study six modules, three in English Language and three in German.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level with a B/C in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

 

"My undergraduate degree at Swansea University has been extremely beneficial to me in gaining a place on a Speech and Language Therapy course. Several modules that I studied are very similar to the modules that I will be studying in September and so it will give me a great advantage. I also believe that having a degree in English Language has contributed to me gaining a place on the SLT course as places are very limited and competitive."

 

Samantha Thomas

 


 

 

"I spent the third year of my German Studies degree at Swansea University doing a 10-month internship at the Siemens translation department in Munich. Moving to a different country to work in a German environment was a big step and quite a challenge, but it was reassuring to know that the team of lecturers at Swansea were behind me. The internship was a great experience and one that I am very grateful for, as it opened the door for me after I graduated, when Siemens took me on as a full-time Translation Manager. I moved permanently to Munich and have worked at Siemens ever since. Thanks to the longstanding relationship between the Swansea German Department and Siemens Sprachendienst, I have had the opportunity to welcome quite a few Swansea undergraduates who also chose to do their internship at Siemens in Munich – they always keep me up-to-date with the latest news from Swansea!"

Ula Mitchell

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA English Literature
  • MA Creative Writing
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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