BSc German

Why choose this course? 

  • German at Aston is ranked 1st in the UK for Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide.
  • German at Aston is ranked Top 15 of all UK German degrees for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2015.
  • 2nd  (84%) for Graduate Level Destinations six months after graduation, Guardian, 2014
  • Fully integrated year abroad with extensive preparation and support offered
  • Check out our German Blog to find out more about German at Aston  

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R220

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

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.
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.

Tuition fees 2014/15: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

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 following module descriptions are indications only -  the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.

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
Introduction to Language and Communication     LI1003
Introduction to Translation     LI1004
Introduction to Film Studies     LU1002
University Wide Language Programme

Year 2
Core modules:

German Language Skills II     LG2002
The Legacy of National Socialism     LG2025
German Politics and Society     LG2026
Metropolis Berlin     LG2018
Austrian Cultural History     LG2014
Communication Across Cultures     LI2008
Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema     LU2001

Choose 30 credits from the optional modules

European Translation Traditions     LI2001
TESOL     LE2012
Translation & Technology     LI2009
University Wide Language Programme

Year 3

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year
Core modules:

German Language Skills III     LG3003
German Research Dissertation     LG3204
East Germany on Film     LG3015
Global Germany     LG3017
German-Jewish Biographies     LG3013
Contemporary Culture in the Berlin Republic     LG3016
Interpreting German-English/English-German     LI3001
Advanced Translation German     LI3205

Choose a University Wide Language Programme option (worth 20 credits in total)

2nd  (84%) for Graduate Level Destinations six months after graduation, Guardian, 2014

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 Administrator, Michelin
  • 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, 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.

For further information, see the German Single Honours programme specification.

Dr Stefan Manz - Head of German

Stefan Manz

'At Aston University, 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.'

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. 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 accomodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from the Year Abroad.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777

Student Profile

Student Profile

Marcus Begley

BSc German

On my Year Abroad, I worked as a British Council Language Assistant in two ‘Realschule’ in Bavaria, Germany. I really enjoyed experiencing a different culture and the whole Year Abroad has significantly improved my language skills as well as my general understanding of Germany. It has been such a great experience.


Graduate Profile

Graduate Profile

Anna Wallace, Graduate 2007

BSc International Politics and German

Since graduation I have been working in public affairs, which means I seek to influence government policy and legislation. I am currently the Public Affairs Manager for the HR professional body, the CIPD. The communication skills I developed in my language classes have been invaluable e.g. giving presentations/ working with different audiences.


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