BA German

University of Southampton
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About this course

This degree will give you complete proficiency in German and you’ll gain valuable experience spending a year living and working in a foreign country.

Following our system of language development, you’ll start at a level that matches your ability in German. This means we can personalise your learning so you make the best progress.

You’ll also have all the resources you need to support you in our excellent Centre for Language Study.

You’ll have the freedom to tailor your degree to areas that interest you. Whether you want to learn another language, take modules from other subject areas, improve your employability skills, or explore German culture, society, or history, the choice will be yours.  

In your year abroad you can choose to work as an English assistant in a school, study at a university or take a work placement. Our partner universities in the Erasmus programme are in Germany and Austria. 

This course has a strong focus on employability. You’ll have the option to take practical modules looking at teaching, you could take advantage of our vacation work placement schemes and you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills.

Location and awarding body

A-levels additional information

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 at Higher Level in German

International Baccalaureate Diploma additional information

Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.


Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A level GermanDistinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A level German and A in one further A level

BTEC additional information

A-levels with Extended Project Qualification

If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer:ABB including German (minimum grade A) and grade A in the EPQ

A-levels contextual offer

Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows:ABB including German (minimum grade A)

International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) offer

BTEC (RQF) (reformed)

Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level GermanDistinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level German and A in one further A level

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, plus A in A level German

Access to HE Diploma additional information

No additional information

H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including German

Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)

A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 including German at A2

Irish Leaving Certificate additional information

No additional information

Scottish Qualification offers

Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF, 111.01 KB) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

Cambridge Pre-U additional information

or AA from two A levels including German and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Welsh Baccalaureate additional information

European Baccalaureate

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

English language requirements

All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements.

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components

IELTS score requirements

Non-academic entry requirements

International qualifications

This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.

Other ways to qualify

You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)

  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Course structure

Each year combines compulsory modules to build your mastery of German with a wide range of options. This allows you to tailor your learning to suit your interests and ambitions.

You can also take modules from different subject areas, or learn another language. If you find a subject you love, you even have the option to make it an official part of your degree as a minor subject.

To give you the best possible start, we use our system of 7 language levels to work out your proficiency in German. We can then make sure our teaching develops your skills as effectively as possible.

Year 1

We’ll introduce you to the study skills you’ll need as a Modern Languages student and you’ll take a compulsory German language module to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

You’ll then be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules that could include:

  • German linguistics

  • modern German culture

Year 2

You’ll continue to develop your German language skills and you’ll take a module that prepares you for your year abroad and the research project that you’ll do while you're away.

You’ll be able to choose from a wide range of optional modules, tailoring your degree to areas that interest you. These might include:

  • psycholinguistics

  • the EU and European identity

  • teaching English as a foreign language

  • ethnography

  • modules from other subject areas, including other languages

Year 3

  • as an English language assistant in a school

  • studying on a university course

  • on an approved work placement

You’ll also do an independent study project. 

Year 4

We will support you in your return to university from your year abroad and we’ll help you to talk about your experiences in a way that enhances your employability. You’ll continue to develop your written and spoken German and you’ll be able to choose from a range of other module options.

Module choices may include topics such as:

  • English as a global language

  • audiovisual translation

  • lectures

Support for your studies

How you’ll spend your study time

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study, year by year:

Year 1

How we’ll assess you

We’ll assess you using:

  • composition portfolios

Year 1


As a Modern Languages graduate, you can choose from a wide variety of employment options. These will make the most of your skills in:

  • gathering and interpreting information

  • understanding and adapting to different cultures

Previous graduates have gone on to careers including:

  • translation

  • advertising, film and television

Many of our graduates go on to further study. Subjects taken include interpreting and translating, law, accountancy, management and international relations.

We put a great focus on developing employability skills throughout your time with us; this includes a compulsory employability module for all first-year students in the faculty.

Careers services at Southampton

We are a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:

  • work experience schemes

  • networking events

  • a wealth of volunteering opportunities

  • study abroad and summer school opportunities

We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture and our dedicated start-up supporter, Futureworlds, is open to every student.

UK/EU fees

You'll pay £9,250 in tuition fees for the academic year 2020 to 2021. This fee might change for further years of your course.

International student fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • Laboratory Equipment and Materials
  • Textbooks
  • Hardware
  • Students studying or working in Europe
  • Computer discs or USB drives
  • Software Licenses
  • Printing and Photocopying Costs

See the full list of extra items and costs in the programme specificationPDF opens in a new window 2020 to 2021 (PDF, 324.05 KB).

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.

If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that's linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

University life

The University offers a friendly, diverse and welcoming home for you while you study. You'll work, live and socialise with students from more than 130 countries.

Clubs, societies and facilities

  • a hairdresser

Our sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, a gym with 140 fitness stations, squash courts, a bouldering wall, outdoor pitches and much more. There are over 80 sports clubs you could join, and activity classes including yoga and spin.

We have an internationally known theatre, concert hall, art gallery and cinema showing everything from mainstream blockbusters to international arthouse classics. You could perform at a gig, concert or show, take part in an exhibition or join a writers’ workshop. Find out more about arts and culture at Southampton.

Whatever your passion or community, you can find like-minded people at one of the Students’ Union clubs and societies. There are more than 200 to join, and social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

We aim to help you deal with any problems you might come across, so you can make the most of your time at university. We offer support with:

  • mental health, learning difficulties and disability

  • money and accommodation

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • predicted grades

We normally invite all candidates to an interview.

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

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Southampton , United Kingdom