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German and International Media and Communications Studies

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Including B in German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

60 Credits overall; 45 at Level 3. Of the Level 3 credits, at least 21 should be graded. A Level German grade B (or UoN accepted equivalent) also required for post A Level study but no language required for beginners pathway.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

Including M2 in German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Extended Project

A

If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject. If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Including German 5 points at Higher Level or 6 points at Standard Level (programme B) if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

Including German if taking. No Language qualification is required for beginners pathway. This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Sottish Advanced Highers at grades AB including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels including German if taking. No language qualification is required for beginners pathway.

UCAS Tariff

104-141

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Media and communication studies

German studies

We all communicate. And we are all communicated to. This degree gives you a chance to think about, analyse and understand media and communication. You'll look at issues globally but also within a specific German context.

**International media and communications**
Explore technology, content and formats - what we use, what we say and how we say it. Just as importantly you'll look at the impact - how individuals, groups and societies engage with different forms of media and communication.

**German studies**
**You can start the degree with A-level German or as a beginner.** Whichever pathway you take you'll build your language skills to near-native competence by the end. You will also study culture, history and politics to get a full appreciation of the German-speaking world.

Your third year will be spent abroad in Germany or Austria.

This exciting experience develops your communication skills and really helps you stand out to future employers.

Modules

You will divide your studies equally between German and media and communications.

In German, year one core language modules develop the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Post-A level German students will take further optional modules focusing on areas of German studies of their choice. Beginners will work intensively on a structured language programme to enable rapid progress. In addition, you will take a core German Studies module introducing you to the study of German linguistics, literature, history and film.

In international media and communications studies you will be introduced to cultural and communications theories, and debates surrounding mass media and new media.

In year two, your language studies will be developed to prepare you for the year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German history and culture. On the beginners’ route you will continue to work intensively on key skills in the German language in preparation for the year abroad. You will also take a core introduction to German studies module.

In international media and communications studies you will explore issues around public relations, political communication and global media and news production. You will also receive specific research training in the area of culture, film and media in order to lay the foundation for your final year dissertation.

Your third academic year is spent in Germany or Austria on a programme of studies in a higher education institution, working as an assistant in a school or on a work placement. Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government.

Your final year is spent back at Nottingham. You will allow consolidate your command of the German language obtained during your year abroad, as well as deepening your understanding of German literature, cinema and politics. Former beginners and post-A level students take the same German language classes, and graduate at the same level in German.

Modules in international media and communications studies will allow you to explore the political issues arising from, among other things, cultural policy and media coverage of conflict. You will also undertake a dissertation project under the close supervision of a member of staff with knowledge of your chosen area.

Placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,000
per year
International
£20,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Culture, Film and Media

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

55%
low
Media and communication studies
77%
med
German studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media studies

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

66%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
22%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

German and scandinavian studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

45%
Library resources
67%
IT resources
64%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
A

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Media, journalism and communications

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

99%
high
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
22%
Media professionals
6%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Only a small number of students study courses within this catch-all subject area, so there isn't a lot of information available on what graduates do when they finish - bear that in mind when you look at any stats. Marketing and PR were the most likely jobs for graduates from these courses, but it's sensible to go on open days and talk to tutors about what you might expect from the course, and what previous graduates did.

German studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from German courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. The unemployment rates last year was lower than graduates in general. Nearly a quarter of working graduates from 2015 got jobs outside the UK — mostly as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. The relative strength of the German economy means there will continue to be opportunities there in the future. But more graduates went to work in London, and those who want to stay at home to work find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must, particularly in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers.. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£27k

£27k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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