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German and Russian B BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: RRF7

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Germany and Russia are major world economies that play an important role on the global stage. Each country also has a rich and diverse cultural heritage. If you have an A-level in German, this degree will allow you to build on your existing language skills, learn Russian from scratch and gain an insight into the culture and history of the German and Russian-speaking worlds.

Core modules will build your linguistic abilities, as well as introducing you to German and Russian history, culture and politics. You’ll then use that knowledge to choose from an impressive range of optional modules, allowing you to specialise in the topics that interest you.

You could study German cinema and Russian media alongside authors like Dostoevsky or Christa Wolf. You could practice translation, or try a completely different language in your first year. You’ll even spend a full year in Russia as well as a term in Germany, so you can experience life in each country.

Leeds has great facilities to support language students, with digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) in our fully-equipped Language Centre.

If you’re interested in translation studies, we offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. Our Interpreter Training Suites also offer you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

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Course content

A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

Your first year will focus on core language modules, to improve your German and develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Russian. You’ll also take optional modules introducing you to the culture or history of Germany and Russia, as well as one of our Cornerstone modules which will help to draw your subjects together. Alternatively, you could try one of the other languages we offer, from Polish to Arabic and Turkish.

All of this will equip you with the basic language skills and cultural awareness you’ll need for your second year, which you’ll spend studying in Russia to experience the culture and sharpen your language skills. When you come back, you’ll continue with core language classes and choose from a range of optional modules, allowing you to explore topics such as culture under the Soviet regime and politics in the ‘Berlin Republic’, before you head to Germany to spend a term there.

When you return to Leeds for your final year, you’ll have a wealth of experience and a new perspective to match your improved language skills. You’ll build on these elements when you choose from an even wider range of optional modules to complement your advanced language classes. You’ll also have the chance to apply the skills you’ve acquired to an independently researched dissertation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

You’ll choose from a wide range of optional modules while maintaining a balance across your subjects. Follow the links to the Programme Catalogue for more examples of optional modules and the full course structure.

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 1 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Beginning Russian 1 20 credits
Beginning Russian 2 20 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Introduction to Modern Germany 20 credits
Approaching German Culture 20 credits
Skills in German Translation 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
Text and Context: Introduction to Russian Literature 20 credits
From Icons to iPods: Approaches to Russian Culture 20 credits
A variety of beginner-level language modules

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 2 15 credits
German Term Abroad 30 credits
Core Russian Language 2 15 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Applied German Language 15 credits
From Caligari to Hitler: Introduction to German Cinema 15 credits
Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic' 15 credits
Applied Russian Language 2 15 credits
Not by Bread Alone: Everyday Culture under the Soviet Regime 15 credits
The Sounds of Russian 15 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 3 20 credits
Core Russian Language 3 20 credits
Final Year Project

Optional modules

Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture 20 credits
German for Professional Purposes 20 credits
German Utopian Thought in Fiction and Film 20 credits
The German Student Movement 20 credits
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Artist and Prophet 20 credits
Russian Advanced Translation 20 credits
Imagining the Post-Soviet Realm: Popular Culture and Representation of Russia and the Newly Independent States since 1991 20 credits
Out of the frying pan into the fire: Russian society from perestroika to the Crimean annexation (1985-2015) 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read German and Russian B BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We enable you to benefit from the expertise of our tutors through different learning and teaching styles. These will include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

Independent study is an important element of your course. It allows you to develop your research skills, and encourages you to think critically about the material you find. The University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of our excellent library resources.


Exams and essays are the most common forms of assessment we use, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work or oral presentations. Support, including extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays, is available throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB including A in German.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1 including D3 in German.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 German at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in German

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers including A in German and AABBB in Highers, or A in German in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in German.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in German and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB at A Level including German and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A Joint Honours degree in German and Russian will equip you with fluency in two world languages and an understanding of two rich and fascinating cultures. These qualities will open doors to a range of careers, both within and outside of the UK. However, you’ll also gain a range of transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

You’ll be a confident researcher, who can analyse complex information from different sources and draw your own conclusions. Then you’ll be able to communicate them clearly, either verbally or in writing. You’ll be comfortable working in a team, but spending time abroad will show that you’re independent and can adapt to your environment. You’ll also have good organisational skills from managing two subjects.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers as a result in areas like journalism, publishing, business and finance, the creative industries, law, education and the charity sector. Others have gone on to postgraduate study, or pursued specialised training in areas such as translating or interpreting.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

You’ll spend your second year studying at institutes such as Moscow State University.

You’ll benefit from expert instruction in intensive language classes, as well as optional seminars on topics such as history, grammar and Russian media. Of course, you’ll also have plenty of time outside the classroom to travel and explore the real Russia.

During your third year, you’ll also spend a term in a German-speaking country, but you can choose whether to study a dedicated language course or undertake a work placement.

It’s the perfect opportunity to surround yourself with another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.

Read more about the Residence Abroad in Russia

Read more about the Residence Abroad in German

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