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University of Reading

German and Spanish

UCAS Code: RR24

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

Entry requirements


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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subjects

German studies

Spanish studies

Expand your horizons and become highly skilled in two languages by immersing yourself in the history and cultures of the German- and Spanish-speaking worlds.

Join our Department of Modern Languages and European Studies and study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. You will master the fundamental elements of each language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of both. Our small language classes, led by native speakers, and direct access to expert staff ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.

Learn both languages in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken, enhancing your understanding of the languages and equipping you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries. More specifically, it will enable you to enter professional roles with global companies which operate in and interact with them.

In German, you can explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and the history behind and current debates about immigration to Germany. In Spanish, you can study a range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts.

You can explore a specific topic in both of the languages you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy studying cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium. A total of 98% of our research overall in modern languages and linguistics is rated as world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework, 2014), which feeds directly into your learning.

An integral part of the course is the opportunity to study or work abroad during your third year, immersing yourself in the country's language and culture. You will split your time equally between a German- and a Spanish-speaking country (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. A key advantage of this course is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into the year abroad for a more varied experience. Core language modules in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.

We provide accelerated learning in both German and Spanish, meaning that you can start Spanish from beginner's level and German from intermediate level (see entry requirements for full details). Regardless of the level you join at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken German and Spanish by the final year.

**Careers**

Being able to write and speak confidently in German and Spanish, as well as your in-depth knowledge of the countries in which these languages are used, will make you highly attractive to a wide range of employers. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16). A recent study by the British Council identified Spanish as the most important language for the UK's future and, therefore, is likely to greatly boost your employment prospects in an increasingly global workplace.

The course provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working. Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Many of our graduates go on to put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a German connection. However, prospects extend well beyond translating and interpreting. Recent graduates have gained employment with Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Spanish language (at beginner's, intermediate or advanced level)
* German language (at intermediate or advanced level)
* Icons of modern Germany
* Icons of Spain and Latin America
* German Texts and Genres

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

Languages and Cultures

TEF rating:
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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.

87%
high
Spanish studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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German and scandinavian studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Iberian studies

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

90%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

German and scandinavian 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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
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.

Iberian 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.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals

It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2015, nearly 1300 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish and the subject is seeing its popularity increase. About one in five got jobs overseas — often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in marketing, human resources, sales and project management. 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.

German studies

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Spanish 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.

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£19k

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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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