BSc French and German

Why choose this course?

  • The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked German at Aston joint 2nd for Graduate Prospects (85%) out of 44 universities
  • 2nd (84%) for Graduate Level Destinations six months after graduation, Guardian, 2014
  • French at Aston received 95% overall student satisfaction in the 2015 National Student Survey.

  • Fully integrated year abroad with extensive preparation and support offered
  • French at Aston is ranked 11th in the UK for Employability in the Complete University Guide 2015.

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: RR12 Please note this UCAS code applies to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level German or for beginners German.

Typical Offers
A Levels:
 ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French and German Grade B.  General Studies accepted.

Applicants for beginners German are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via the AS Personal Statement. Applicants with GCSE German are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and German.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in French and German or equivalent required.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in French and German or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C

Tuition fees 2015/16: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Our French studies course is designed to develop your linguistic skills to near-native proficiency and fluency. We stress the development of your practical command of French, emphasising language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. Our programme is also designed to develop your understanding of French culture and society – its traditions, its complexities, its underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills. Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in French, which focus on contemporary French society, and particularly on French politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

By the end of our programme you will be able to work effectively in a professional German-speaking environment. Our focus is on the practical application of a range of skills within their wider context. Your linguistic skills will reach near-native proficiency, acquired through a combination of up-to-date modules and a well structured and supervised year abroad. You will also acquire transferable skills such as teamwork and independent research. These will be essential for any of the career choices the course will open up for you. Teaching is conducted in a stimulating environment by internationally renowned experts in their field. Almost all courses are taught in German and provide in-depth insights into current affairs. Subject specialisms include German society, film studies, socio-linguistics, translation studies, popular culture, literature, history and politics, and business studies.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Year 1

Core modules:

French Language Skills I     LF1005
Introduction to French Culture     LF1024
France since the Revolution     LF1025

German Language Skills I     LG1001
Introduction to the German-speaking countries     LG1038
Postwar Germany     LG1039
German Language Past and Present     LG1011
German Current Affairs     LG1023

Final Year


French Language Skills III     LF3002

German Language Skills III     LG3003

Take a dissertation in one language only:
French Research Dissertation     LF3203 
German Research Dissertation     LG3204


La France d’Outre Mer     LF3404
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation     LF3006
Contemporary French     LF3007
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster     LF3009

Global Germany     LG3017
German Identity Since Reunification     LG3016
German-Jewish Biographies     LG3013
East Germany on Film     LG3015

As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a German-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different cultures and societies, their communication skills and motivation for team work. Destinations for Language and Translation Studies graduates over the past three years include:  

  • British Council Language Assistants
  • Deutsche Bank - Proxy Event Management


  • Marriott Hotels and Resorts - Sales and Marketing Coordinator
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers – Graduate Associate


  • Ernst & Young – Graduate Associate
  • Sainsbury’s – Graduate Buyer


  • Santander - Graduate Trainee
  • TK Maxx - Graduate Scheme Buyer


  • Boots - Graduate Trainee Manager
  • KPMG - Graduate Trainee Accountant


  • Harrods - Graduate Management Scheme
  • Acco - Marketing Executive


  • Teach First - Trainee Teachers
  • L’oreal - Development Assistant


  • Nestle - Trade Marketing Executive
  • LIDL - PR Graduate Scheme


  • Wokana and associates - Translator/Proof-reader/Interpreter

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in French, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Dr Stefan Manz - Senior Lecturer and Head of German  

Stefan Manz

“At Aston, research is not an ‘ivory tower’ activity but a way of engaging with the world around us. We aim to make a real impact through our research – and that begins in the classroom. My own teaching is always informed by the latest thinking in my areas of specialism, which include migration studies, German history and society, and European Studies. A recent example is my volume on EU-enlargement. The material is perfect to be used in my seminar on German Politics and Society. Should Turkey join the European Union? Should Greece leave? Why does Croatia join and not Serbia? And what about the UK? After I chart Germany’s position on these questions, students engage in lively and sometimes controversial small-group discussion about the nature of the European Union. This is just one example of how my research feeds into and enlivens my teaching. We aim to equip our students with an in-depth and relevant understanding of the modern world. Our research helps us to achieve this aim.”

Dr Graeme Hayes - Senior Lecturer in French 

Graeme Hayes
“I work on social movements, particularly environmental movements, and especially in France. I have just returned from a two-year EU research fellowship in Rennes, working on protest movements such as the current campaign against the construction of a new airport just north of Nantes. My work centres on collective memory, and what I call ‘activist tradition’ – in other words, how contemporary campaigns relate to previous campaigns, how the meaning of the past is a focus of dispute, and how this affects the forms that social movement campaigns take today. I teach a Year 2 module here at Aston called ‘French Society: Conflict & Consensus’, where I get to talk about these issues and ideas – how disputes about the environment, or about industrial relations, or about the education system, or about rioting in the suburbs, aren’t just disputes about what should or shouldn’t happen today and tomorrow – but also what it means to be French, what liberté and égalité and fraternité should be, what the Republic is. It’s great preparation for students about to go on their year abroad!”

The third year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The Year Abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. 

A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. 

Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from the Year Abroad.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777

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Student Profile

Student Profile

Sarah-Jane Poole

BSc French and German

Most of my classes are small, which means it was easy to get to know everyone quickly. There is a very strong sense of community within LSS and I’ve made some brilliant friends on my course. The facilities in LSS are of a very high standard, with computers always available to use and a DVD library where you can loan foreign language DVDs.


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