BA English Language and German (4 year)

2017 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2017. For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2017 Clearing and Adjustment pages.

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Course Overview

The English Language and German degree is offered by experts in Applied Linguistics, German literature, culture, gender studies, history, translation, music and contemporary writing.
In the English Language component, we look at ways of analysing language knowledge, language use across contexts and time and students can also relate this to teaching English to speakers of other languages.
The German component includes intensive training in German, in-depth analysis of modern and contemporary German society, history and literature.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
Students will also spend a year in Germany.

Together with the Department of English Literature, English Language 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

In German:

  • 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.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad in Germany.
  • Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the year abroad in Germany.
  • Have a look at our blog for more information.

In English Language:

  • The English Language component provides a comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language.
  • In year 2, students have the option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview. The typical cost is £1430;but English Language students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.
  • Students can practice teaching during their year abroad.
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.

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

Description

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

The English Language component looks at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time. We look at:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts;
  • how language has developed over time;
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages;
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts;
  • how we produce and understand language in real time as well as,
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar.

We relate this to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.

In German:

  • In the first year all students follow a language module which builds on your knowledge of spoken and written German and a module on German culture designed to introduce you to the rich diversity of film, literature and history of Germany. There are optional modules on German for Professional Purposes, European Cinema and Fiction. You can also study German as a beginner.
  • In the second and final year you continue to develop your language skills and choose from optional modules such as: Twentieth Century Berlin: Myth and Reality; Vienna Underground; German Song Cultures; The Meanings of Fairy Tales; Modernism and Desire: Germany 1890-1933; Shifting Identities in Modern Germany and a Dissertation on a subject of your choice.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB or equivalent but a typical offer could be BBB-ABB (UCAS tariff points 120-168), as all offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM-DDM; International Baccalaureate 32-33; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,050

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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.

The typical cost is for CELTA £1430 but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140. 

Student Quotes

 "I am currently on the HR Graduate scheme at Tata Steel, Port Talbot works, having joined in September 2015. Prior to this, I taught English in China for a year and worked as a 1:1 English tutor at a local school in the UK. Beyond the technical elements of my degree, I feel that my studies at Swansea University developed a broad range of valuable workplace skills, including presenting, time management and data analysis. These skills have undoubtedly supported me in applying for, and becoming successful in, a number of roles following graduation."

Adam Day


"Every lecturer is very approachable and helpful. You can just go to their office hours and ask for help if you're stuck on an assignment and they will do everything they can to help you. They're also very knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, which in turn inspires and motivates students."

Anina Kinzel


 

 "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 Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

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

A significant number of our graduates choose to teach abroad using their TESOL and CELTA qualifications. 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL;
  • PGCEs in Primary and Secondary education;
  • Speech and Language Therapy courses;
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations;
  • MA by Research.

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

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