BA (Hons)

German and Spanish

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  • UCAS code(s): RR24
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information
  • Entry requirements during Clearing may differ from those published in the 2018 prospectus, please call our Clearing Hotline on 0115 848 6000 to discuss.

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If you want to combine two languages, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two languages can give your degree an international perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in Germany, Austria, Spain or Latin America or working in a German-speaking or Spanish-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing German and Spanish you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. Many of our graduates are now pursuing exciting careers in different countries and regions around the world.

Levels of study

BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level
GermanNONOYES
SpanishYESYESYES

Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

What you'll study

German

You’ll already have an A-level in German and this exciting course will enhance your spoken and written German language skills so that you become highly fluent.

You’ll also develop your listening and comprehension skills using our two Language Resource Centres. Here you’ll have access to newspapers, magazines, TV and DVDs. We’ll explore topics on German culture and society, and if you choose to spend your third year working or studying in Germany, you’ll be able to gain in-depth personal experience of modern German culture.

Spanish

Whether you’re coming to us as a complete beginner, or you’ve already studied Spanish to A-level, this exciting course will give you a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written Spanish. Throughout the degree we’ll explore Spanish and Latin American culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary Spanish and Latin American society. To further increase your career options you can take a final year module that develops translation and interpreting skills.

Language resources

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest German and Spanish language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    German Language One

    This module focuses on developing your understanding of key issues within German society as well as your communication skills. You'll be encouraged to engage with material from a range of media (written and audio visual) to partake in small groups, class and paired discussions in German.

    Introduction to German Culture and Society

    Examine the crucial turning point in 20th-century Germany, from the lethal ambition of Nazism to the rebuilding of the two Germanies. This module provides you with an understanding of culture and politics and the way that these periods shape history.

    Spanish Language One (Accelerated Beginners)

    This module will equip you with the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of real-life situations and to build language learning skills and other transferable competencies. You will experience rapid progress in the language, and you will gain a solid foundation speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    Introduction to Hispanic Studies (Accelerated Beginners)

    Address issues and themes relevant to an understanding of the contemporary Spanish-speaking world.

    Spanish Language One  (Post A-level)

    Develop both your understanding of key issues in contemporary Spanish culture and society, and your key communicative skills in Spanish: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to Spanish Culture and Society (Post A-level)

    Study the key issues and events that have shaped Spanish culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    German Language Two

    This module will help you to build upon the skills that you gained in the level 1 module whilst enhancing your fluency and accuracy within the written and spoken language. You'll improve on learning skills, grammar, video analysis, summaries and translations.

    Spanish Language Two (Accelerated Beginners)

    Develops your  fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Grammar will be consolidated and expanded, and essay-writing skills developed.

    Spanish Language Two (Post A-level)

    Enhance fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language. Develop the four language learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills, through such tasks as video analysis, summaries and translations, and oral debates and presentations.

    German optional modules

    Contemporary German Film and Literature

    Explore significant moments in German culture during the second half of the 20th Century, for example, the rise of German terrorism and the state’s response. You'll analyse films and literary works which represent critical developments in the post-war German culture or the changes within their society.

    Contemporary German Politics

    You'll study aspects of German politics and institutional structures from 1945 until the present day and understand the comparable structures in other German speaking countries. This module will enable you to understand how various patterns have shaped the German economic, political and social contexts throughout the 20th Century.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    Spanish optional modules

    Introduction to Spanish Cultural Representations

    Study cultural representations of national identity, gender, class and race by looking at the work of Spanish and Latin American painters, musicians, writers and film directors.

    Introduction to Latin American studies

    Address issues and themes relevant to an understanding of contemporary Latin America.

    Introduction to Contemporary Spain (Accelerated Beginners)

    Study issues and themes relevant to an understanding of contemporary Spain.

    Languages at Work

    Languages at Work is a language-themed work placement module, involving a series of preparatory lectures / seminars, a placement with a local employer of at least 30 hours, and the production of a piece of writing reflecting on the experience.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in Germany or Austria. Our partner universities are found in Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Paderborn, and Innsbruck.

    OR

    In Year Three you can spend time working or studying in Spain or Latin America. Our partner Universities are found in Alcala, Avila, Leon, Madrid, Salamanca, Santander, Valencia, and Santiago in Chile.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop and in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as; planning, organisation and research skills.

    OR

    Real-Life Work project

    Students  who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.

    German Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of German. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    Spanish Language Three

    The core language module, developing skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading.

    German optional modules

    Contemporary Germany

    This module will allow you to examine current affairs in Germany and gain insight into its socio-economic issues in the wider context of globalisation. You'll get an introduction to the various issues that influence society and the economy and have controlled the German press for numerous years.

    Translation and Interpreting

    Develop your ability to translate and interpret out of and into German, while learning about the theoretical basis for translation, practical techniques and finding out what professional translation and interpreting entails. The module will offer some practical preparation that will help you to develop skills that are actively sought by employers.

    Spanish optional modules

    Culture and Society in 20th-century Spain: Cinema, Music, Text

    Explore the representation of gender and the nation in different Spanish cultural texts from throughout the 20th Century.

    Contemporary Latin American Society

    Examine the economic, social and political change in Latin America focusing on the impact of restructuring in the region since the mid-1970s.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

NTU’s German courses are Number One in the UK for student satisfaction with a 100% satisfaction rate (NSS 2018).

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Each year you’ll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you’ll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.

Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.

Contact hours

If you’re struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.

It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (35%) and practical (15%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (25%), written (48%) and practical (27%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (33%), independent study (67%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (73%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (72%)

94% student satisfaction rate for Spanish Studies  (NSS 2018).

Careers and employability

Your career development

This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.

Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include:

  • written and oral communication skills
  • critical analysis
  • the ability to work independently and in groups
  • time management
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level German grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up to date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

Find out more about our terms and conditions of study for this course.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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