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English Language and German (4 Years) [BA]

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UCAS course code
QR32
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
BA
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

ABB-BBB including English Language at A2 or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

32 - 34 points overall (core points accepted), with 6,5,5 - 5,5,5 in higher level subjects including English Language or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course description

BA (Hons) English Language and German 

  • Offers students access to the full range of English language studies (theoretical, descriptive, and applied) and the opportunity for a broad-based study of English linguistics.
  • The course gives students the skills required for analytical language study alongside the means to apply those skills particularly to historical and present-day English.
  • Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Worldwide Exchange scheme. For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/
  • Our German courses at Manchester give students a solid grounding in German language and the opportunity to explore in depth German culture, linguistics, history and literature. They equip students with the skills and expertise needed to thrive in German-speaking environments, both during their period of residence abroad and following graduation.
  • Core German language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other subject areas, including linguistics that teaches you how the language works and a wide range of cultural and historical units that use German-language sources to improve your core language competence, as well as your wider knowledge of the German-speaking countries.
  • The third year includes a period spent in a German-speaking country. You can choose a work placement, teach English in schools as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme or study at our prestigious partner institutions in Berlin, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Basle and Innsbruck.
  • We have specialists in an unusually wide range of German-related subjects, so that you can focus on subjects that really appeal to you in your final year of study. All our units include a focus on key transferable skills that help to prepare you for the world of work, as well as encouraging you to develop your academic talents.

Open days

  • The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
  • We invite all promising candidates to an interview followed by visit day specifically for your area of study.  On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £14,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 3211
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 3031
Email
Website
www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: About us

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

ABB-BBB including English Language at A2 or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

AS-level

Two AS-Levels may be accepted in place of the third A-Level.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

Minimum grade C in English Language.

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

32 - 34 points overall (core points accepted), with 6,5,5 - 5,5,5 in higher level subjects including English Language or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

We welcome applications from students studying for this qualification and all such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Scottish Highers

Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.

Scottish Advanced Highers

ABB-BBB including English Language at A2 or GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language (grade B)

Where a specified subject is not available at Advanced Higher level, an A-Level or equivalent is required.

Welsh Baccalaureate

A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels.  Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis.  Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Merit grade at Level 3. Minimum of 15 credits in a modern foreign language. Where any subject is not available as part of the access course an A-level must be offered instead.  They must also EITHER have GCSE English language (at Grade C or higher), OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English language at Level 2. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

Both the Cambridge Pre-U Diploma, and Principal Subjects in combination with A levels, are accepted by the School. Please see A-level requirements for grades and subject requirements for individual courses. For admissions purposes grade D3 will be considered comparable to grade A at A level and grade M2 comparable to grade B at A level.

If accompanied by a further AS level, the Pre-U GPR may form part of an offer, in lieu of one full Pre-U Grade M2 (or one A-level Grade B).  Such qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published

Non-standard educational routes

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied.  You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course.  We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education.  Please refer to UCAS for further information:

http://www.ucas.ac.uk/students/applying/howtoapply/reference

English language

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing

Cambridge CAE grade B or CPE grade C

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

Advice to applicants

Mitigating Circumstances

Mitigating circumstances may be personal or family illness, other family circumstances, change of teachers during a course, problems with school facilities or an unusual curriculum followed by your school or college.  We recommend that information on mitigating circumstances that have affected or are likely to affect your academic performance should be included in the referee's report.  We cannot usually take into account information that is supplied after an adverse decision has been made on an application by the admitting School.  If you encounter mitigating circumstances after you have submitted your application, please inform the admissions staff in the School to which you applied as soon as possible.

Where mitigating circumstances have already been taken into account, for example by the relevant Exam Board, we will not be able to make further allowances.

How your application is considered

Decisions are made on the basis of the application as a whole with a particular focus on educational achievement and predicted grades.

The conditions of offers will be determined by an applicant's predicted grades and performance at interview.

An interview forms a significant part of the admission criteria for the majority of our applicants.

Interview requirements

We invite promising candidates to interview and an interview forms a significant part of our admissions criteria for the majority of applicants.

Returning to education

We welcome applicants who are seeking a return to study.  We may be able to make alternative offers in light of your experience but it is important that you have studied languages to an advanced level (please see entry requirements for subject specific criteria).  We may interview you if you have not studied languages recently.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation.  Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and two years at the maximum. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course description

BA (Hons) English Language and German 

  • Offers students access to the full range of English language studies (theoretical, descriptive, and applied) and the opportunity for a broad-based study of English linguistics.
  • The course gives students the skills required for analytical language study alongside the means to apply those skills particularly to historical and present-day English.
  • Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered through the Worldwide Exchange scheme. For more information about the Study Abroad Programme please consult the following: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/studyabroad/
  • Our German courses at Manchester give students a solid grounding in German language and the opportunity to explore in depth German culture, linguistics, history and literature. They equip students with the skills and expertise needed to thrive in German-speaking environments, both during their period of residence abroad and following graduation.
  • Core German language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other subject areas, including linguistics that teaches you how the language works and a wide range of cultural and historical units that use German-language sources to improve your core language competence, as well as your wider knowledge of the German-speaking countries.
  • The third year includes a period spent in a German-speaking country. You can choose a work placement, teach English in schools as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme or study at our prestigious partner institutions in Berlin, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Basle and Innsbruck.
  • We have specialists in an unusually wide range of German-related subjects, so that you can focus on subjects that really appeal to you in your final year of study. All our units include a focus on key transferable skills that help to prepare you for the world of work, as well as encouraging you to develop your academic talents.

Special features

  • Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language.
  • BA (Hons) English Language is taught in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, where there is a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches.
  • Particular strengths in the discipline include the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), endangered languages and field linguistics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (especially Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar), typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics (especially English, Romance and Germanic), semantics and pragmatics, corpus and computational linguistics.
  •   We offer German at both post-A-level and beginners' level.
  • Specialisms in German include historical and contemporary linguistics, literary studies, screen studies, gender and sexuality, modern cultural history, minority cultures and Holocaust studies.
  • Our teaching, praised in the Teaching Quality Assessment and by external examiners, is backed up by an innovative Independent Language Learning Programme, enabling students to take control of their own learning experience.
  • The quality of our online teaching and learning resources is highly praised by students and its excellence recognised within the University.

Teaching and learning

  • You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials.  You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions.  For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study.  You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
  • The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre

Coursework and assessment

Our programmes are assessed in various ways: examinations, oral examinations (where language study is part of your degree), presentations and coursework. Coursework may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research. Many courses are assessed through a mixture of techniques. In your final year, you can choose to write a dissertation.

Course content for year 1

English Language

  • The first year provides you with an introduction to the full range of course options included in English linguistics and the basis for further and more specialised study. This diversity is essential in order to experience English language study at university level and make informed choices about your future course units. All students study obligatory course units on topics including the history of English, sounds of English, sociolinguistics and English grammar, adding up to one half of the year's credits.
  • For Joint Honours students, half your credits come from the other component of your programme.

German

  • The first year equips you with a range of important skills: linguistic expertise; the ability to read and analyse material; and skills in presentation, group work and independent language learning. You are trained in modern spoken and written German through a core language course in which you work with German texts, write short essays and engage in discussions in German (this language instruction takes place in German and is taught principally by native speakers). At the same time you reinforce your grammar and vocabulary through monitored self-study.
  • You are given a detailed introduction to the German-speaking countries: their geography, politics, culture and society. You also get to explore a variety of important issues within these countries, such as the challenges faced by multicultural German society following Germany's reunification.
  • In addition you take a set of other broad-based courses designed to give you an essential grounding in key areas of German culture, history and linguistics. Most of the teaching on these courses is in English, so that you can focus fully on the new concepts introduced to you. In this way we hone not only your German language skills, but also your expression and accuracy in English: key transferable skills for the workplace following graduation.

Course content for year 2

English Language

  • Second-year course units build on first-year work, developing each subject area to provide a greater breadth and depth of experience. In the second year your study is more flexible.
  • Four course units must be chosen from a list of English Language options such as Introductions to Old and to Middle English Language, World Englishes, The Logic of English, and Language Variation and Change (altogether one third of the year's credits).
  • Joint Honours students choose further course units from the same wide range of Linguistics and English language options. At least one third of second-year credits must come from each of the two components of your programme.

German

  • In the second year of your programme you build on the grounding already established in year one. This year's core language course develops that of the previous year and prepares you for the linguistic challenges of your year abroad. Within it you can continue with a study of culture and society in Germany and Austria, or take a course in business German (Wirtschaftsdeutsch).
  • You also continue your programme of monitored self-study to complement your language classes.
  • The other courses available in your second year are more numerous and more specialised than in the first year, allowing you to explore a diverse range of areas including history, culture and power in twentieth-century Germany, post-1990 German literature and film, and German-Turkish and German-Jewish relations.

Course content for year 3

  • Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.  For more information on the period of residence abroad please consult the following: Residence Abroad

Course content for year 4

English Language

  • By the final year your study is tailored to your own interests. You must choose one course from each of two lists of English linguistics units: synchronic and diachronic .
  • Joint Honours students can choose up to one further course unit or a dissertation in Linguistics and English Language. The balance between the two components of the programme is again a matter of choice, so long as each contributes at least one third.

German

  • In your final year you resume your studies in Manchester with a core language course and choose from a wide range of specialised courses. Language study is centred on translation into and out of German, essay writing, and oral work involving discussion of texts, debates and presentations.
  • Also available in this year are course units that cover topics closely related to the research interests of individual members of staff, covering a broad range of linguistic, literary, historical and cultural topics.
  • As part of your final-year work, you can write a dissertation on a theme of your choice related to one of your courses, which students find an especially rewarding experience.

Facilities

  • The University of Manchester and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures have outstanding facilities available for studying.
  • The University's Language Centre is a state of the art open learning facility which allows you to pursue effective independent study.  It consists of a library of books and audio-visual resources, language laboratories and multimedia studies comprising a combination of PCs, TV/VCR/DVDs and cassette players.
  • The University of Manchester Library is one of the largest academic libraries in Britain and its Special Collections contain invaluable visual resources.
  • The University of Manchester owns the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Tabley House, giving you unique access to outstanding art gallery and museum resources.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Languages qualify you for a wide range of employment.  Your high-level language skills will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (e.g. business, industry and finance).  You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.

89% (English Language) of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduation (Source: Unistats 2012).

Many of our graduates secure jobs in business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications.  Roles of recent Linguistics and English Language graduates include:

  • Regional Events Manager
  • Communications Officer
  • Radio reporter
  • Speech Therapy Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant

Our graduates have pursued careers in firms including The Guardian, PricewaterhouseCoopers, L'Oreal, Universal Music Group, and Vodafone.

Other graduates have opted for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad), or enter the Civil Service.  Postgraduate programmes undertaken by our graduates include Graduate Diploma in Law, MA in Broadcast Journalism, MSc in Machine Translation, MA in (Applied) Linguistics, or MSc in Human Communication Studies.

Did you know?

  • MI5 actively recruit graduates with language skills.
  • Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country.
  • More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university.
  • The University of Manchester's award-winning Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers.
  • The School is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.