BSc German and Spanish

Why choose this course?

  • The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked German at Aston joint 2nd for Graduate Prospects (85%) out of 44 universities
  • The Complete University Guide 2014 ranked Iberian Languages at Aston joint 2nd for Graduate Prospects (80%) out of 51 universities
  • 2nd (84%) for Graduate Level Destinations six months after graduation, Guardian, 2014
  • Fully integrated year abroad with extensive preparation and support offered

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: RR2K Please note this UCAS code applies to applicants who wish to apply for Post A-Level Spanish or for beginners Spanish.

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

Applicants for beginners German/Spanish 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/Spanish 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 German and Spanish.
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 German and Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in German and Spanish 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.

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.

Spanish is spoken by more than 400 million people worldwide, so the global market has a huge demand for people with a knowledge of the language and the cultures of the Spanish speaking world. The Spanish programme at Aston is committed to equipping you with the tools, skills and knowledge necessary to operate effectively in this global, multilingual and multicultural world. We are devoted to the study of Spanish in context and therefore we consider the understanding of the diverse cultures and societies of the Spanish-speaking world to play an essential role in understanding the world in which we live. This means that along with near native proficiency in written and spoken Spanish, you will also graduate with an in-depth understanding of the issues that shape contemporary Hispanic cultures and societies.

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:

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

Spanish Language Skills I     LS1001
Introduction to Spain     LS1015
Introduction to Latin America     LS1019

Year 2

Core modules:

German Language Skills II     LG2002
Austrian Cultural History     LG2014
German Politics and Society     LG2026
Metropolis Berlin     LG2018
The Legacy of National Socialism     LG2025

Spanish Language Skills II     LS2001
Contemporary Spain     LS2016
Contemporary Latin America     LS2017
Spanish in the World     LS2018
Spanish Media     LS2019

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year


German Language Skills III     LG3003

Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS3001 

Take a dissertation in one language only:
German Research Dissertation     LG3204
Spanish Research Dissertation     LS3004


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

Hispanic Film     LS3006            
Major Hispanic Authors     LS3009
Human Rights in Contemporary Latin America     LS3012
Extended Essay I     LS3010
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/Spanish-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 Spanish/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.

Aston is 6th for Languages Graduate Level Destinations sixth months after Graduation - Guardian 2013

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. Recent destinations for Language and Translation Studies graduates include:  

  • English Teacher, Business Language Skills
  • PR Graduate Scheme, LIDL
  • French Customer Service Co-ordinator, CRP
  • Bilingual Sales Coordinator, Narrow Aisle Ltd
  • Language Assistant, British Council
  • Translator/Analytical Support, B&Q
  • Immigration Assistant, Australian Embassy UK
  • Marketing Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Graduate Trainee Managers for British Airways, Aldi Stores, John Lewis and Selfridges
  • Journalist, Tatler Magazine
  • Account Manager Interpreting, Smoby (French Toy Company)
  • Senior AdministratorMichelin
  • Public Relations Officers for a number of companies
  • European Union/European Parliament Officers/Assistants
  • PGCE Secondary Teaching Qualification at universities including King’s College London, Warwick University and Exeter
  • Marketing Assistant at Beiersdorf

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 German and Spanish, 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 Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla - Lecturer in Spanish 

Stephanie Panichelli

''My primary research interest in the Cuban Revolution was fueled by an inspirational professor from my home university – Dr. Nadia Lie, Professor of Latin American Studies at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium). My Master’s thesis, on the relationship between former Cuban President Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel García Márquez, was commercially published in 2004 and translated into six languages. I discuss the subject matter in my First Year module “Culture of Latin America” when we study the writers of the literary boom and their relationship to the Cuban Revolution. My current research focuses on the Cuban International Solidarity Missions. We analyse this topic in our Second Year module, “Contemporary Latin America”. After a lecture about the Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan Revolutions, I ask my students to read a range of articles about these solidarity missions (from extremely supportive to particularly critical). We then spend one seminar debating the topic, which the students find very interesting. They offer and hear unique perspectives on this unusual programme.''

Dr Stefan Manz - 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.”

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a German and a Spanish 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 - you might even choose to combine two of these options. 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 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.

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Tel: 0121 204 3777

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Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Gagan Aggarwal, Graduate 2013

BSc Spanish

One of my favourite lecture topics is 'Spanish Oral Skills' where the class consists of 6/8 students and one lecturer. It’s an opportunity to discuss current events and also practice conversation.


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