The placement year is so valuable. I gained much experience and exposure to the business world, as well as another culture."
William Loake Consultant for Deloitte, Switzerland
ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B. General Studies accepted. *Variable offers available
4 years full-time with integrated year abroad UCAS Code: R210 Typical OffersA-levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including German Grade B. General Studies accepted.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via email@example.com.
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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. 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 or equivalent. BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. A-level grade B in 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/4.
The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas 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 Translation Studies programmes combine the study of French and/or German and/or Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. The programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career either in translation or in allied professions. By the end of the programme your language skills will have reached near-native proficiency and you will also have developed competence in translation and intercultural communication. The programmes focus on French, German and/or Spanish language, culture and society. They also develop insights into the wider socio-cultural context of translation.
Each of our Translation Studies programmes follows a clear progression, building upon your initial level and developing your full potential over the course of your studies. In each year of study, core modules in language and society are complemented by modules that focus on translation-relevant topics. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement (including work in a translation company), at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. In the Final Year, you will have the opportunity to practice your translation and interpreting skills and develop specialised translation competence in a subject area of your own choice. You will graduate as a confident speaker of French, German and/or Spanish with excellent intercultural and translation competence.
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 Introduction to Language and Communication LI1003 Introduction to Translation LI1004 Translation Workshop LI006 Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below: Introduction to Film Studies LU1002 University Wide Language Programme
German Language Skills II LG2002 The Legacy of National Socialism LG2025 German Politics and Society LG2026 Austrian Cultural History LG2014 Metropolis Berlin LG2018 Translation & Technology LI2009 European Translation Traditions LI2001 Communication across Cultures LI2008 Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below: Migrant and Transnational Cinema LU2001 University Wide Language Programme
Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad
Contemporary Translation Theories LI3206 Advanced Translation German LI3205 Specialised (LSP) Translation LI3005 Interpreting (German) LI3001 German Language Skills III LG3003 German Research Dissertation LG3204 Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below: Global Germany LG3017 German Identity Since Reunification LG3016 East Germany on Film LG3015 German-Jewish Biographies LG3013 Representations of Minorities LU3001 University Wide Language Programme
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 English, 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.
The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a German 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.