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Birkbeck, University of London

German with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: R202

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum GCSE (A2 CERF) in German.

UCAS Tariff

48

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About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

6.0 years | Part-time | 2021

Subject

German studies

Learning a language opens a door to another culture. Our BA German with Foundation Year allows you to combine studying the culture of German-speaking countries with gaining a near-fluent command of the German language. You will be able to choose from modules on German literature, film, history, philosophy and memory studies covering topics from the sixteenth century to the present day. Our graduates go on to careers in international organisations or businesses, in translation or teaching, and as researchers or journalists.

Before proceeding to the main degree, you will spend your Foundation Year preparing yourself for a degree in the arts by improving your study and research skills and gaining arts-related knowledge and understanding. You will also have the opportunity to take a language module as part of the Foundation Year.

Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, you can automatically progress on to our three-year, full-time evening study BA German.

**HIGHLIGHTS**

- Our Foundation Year programmes will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. They are ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.

- Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, making it an outstanding interdisciplinary department. The variety of research interests and teaching experiences of our academic staff means that we offer a wide range of courses and topics, ranging from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, covering literature, film, philosophy, history and memory studies.

- As part of the Department of Cultures and Languages you can also choose modules beyond the confines of German studies, thus integrating your particular field of study into a wider European cultural context.

- The School of Arts is an official partner of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London. Opportunities for students have included a year’s free membership of the ICA, private views, discounts on all talks and events, free members' screenings and £3 cinema tickets on Tuesdays, up to 25% off ICA Artists' Editions and a monthly e-newsletter.

Modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Language modules are assessed by oral and written examination and, in some cases, by coursework. All other modules are assessed either by coursework or a mixture of coursework and in-class test.

The Uni


Course locations:

Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Cultures and Languages

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96%
UK students
4%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
70%
2:1 or above
26%
Drop out rate

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B
C

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