BA (Hons)

German and TESOL

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In the UK for Modern languages and linguistics
in The Guardian University Guide 2020
  • UCAS code(s): RX21
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information


Combine your German language skills with learning how to teach English to speakers of other languages.

This degree enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining these two subjects gives 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 or Austria, or working in a German-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 TESOL 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.

  • NTU's Modern Languages and Linguistics courses are ranked Top 20 in the UK in the Guardian League Tables 2020.
  • Study German at Post A-Level.
  • Take part in a language-themed work placement.
  • Gain practical skills in translation and interpreting.
  • Take a year abroad in Germany or Austria.
  • This course is offered as full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section.
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Fred Simmons shares his year abroad experience in Germany

What you'll study


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.


This course will help you to learn how to plan and deliver English language lessons. You’ll learn these skills in interactive workshop classes taught by experienced language teacher trainers and using current language teaching methods. You’ll have the opportunity to practice and gain vital experience through teaching in the classroom. Second year TESOL students also have the opportunity to undertake a voluntary placement teaching adult refugees.

You’ll explore features of the English language and linguistics and will shadow a foreign learner of English. You’ll also have the opportunity to take the Teaching Knowledge Test, a globally recognised qualification for English Language Teachers (subject to an exam fee). Eligible students will be given the option to study the highly-regarded CELTA qualification in addition to their degree (subject to assessment fee).

  • 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

    Introduction to TESOL

    Study the concepts involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages and learn about some of the contexts in which English is taught abroad.

    Introduction to Language and Linguistics

    This module increases your knowledge of language in terms of its power, its structure and its effects. It provides you with the theoretical frameworks and practical skills for linguistic description and analysis, and engages you in the process of linguistic description.

  • 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.

    TESOL Language in Use

    Learn the theory and practice of planning lessons and how to analyse language for teaching purposes.

    Theory and Practice of Language Learning

    Focus on the theories of how second languages are learned and how these theories have contributed to the evolution of teaching methodology.

    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 of 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.

    TESOL optional modules


    Phonetics is the scientific study of speech sounds. This module will cover physiology, the study of the human organs of speech and articulation, the study of the consonant and vowel sounds which the human vocal apparatus is capable of producing.

    Child Language Acquisition

    This module will allow you to investigate the course of language acquisition from birth to the age of four, paying particular attention to the development of phonetics, lexis and grammar. There will also be the opportunity to focus on fields such as social and pragmatic development and the chance to compare ‘normal’ development with groups of special populations where children may come across particular problems with language learning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    TESOL Dissertation

    This module allows you to research an aspect of TESOL in greater depth. For this module, you will also complete a synoptic assessment, to reflect upon your learning throughout your entire Joint Honours programme.


    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.

    Practical Training in the Teaching of Languages

    Prepares you to teach a variety of language systems and skills. You will learn about the practical significance of differences between languages, motivations and learning styles. You may be offered the opportunity to add the Cambridge CELTA qualification to this module, in order to further enhance your employability in the TESOL profession.

    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.

    German 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.

    TESOL optional modules

    Language, Gender and Sexuality

    This module will explore key aspects of the study of language and gender, such as theories of language and gender (difference, dominance, discursive approaches), sexist language and language change, language and gender in different contexts (e.g. in the media, in books etc.). It will offer insight into the ways in which research on language and gender has developed and diversified since the 1970s, and in particular how it has responded to the 'post-structuralist challenge' and the shift to discourses and to gender identities. The module will provide you with an opportunity to explore and critically evaluate the discursive construction of both femininities and masculinities, in theoretical and practical ways.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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 another 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 (17%), written (68%) and practical (15%)
  • Year 2 coursework (67%), written (28%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (50%), written (30%) and practical (20%)

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 (27%), independent study (73%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (24%), independent study (76%)

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); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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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