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Key facts

UCAS code: R220

Start date: September 2018

4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB
(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 is one of the world’s largest economies, and its language is widely spoken across Europe, especially in the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

A degree in German from Leeds will allow you to become fluent in this powerful language while giving you a genuine insight into German culture and society – equipping you with valuable skills that make you highly attractive to employers.

You’ll consolidate and develop your spoken and written German through core language modules. You will also choose from a wide range of optional modules including applied language (translation and language for professional purposes) and modules exploring various aspects of German culture, history and politics.

The large size of our department allows us to offer flexible degrees with a wide variety of choice, and our active German Society contributes to a strong sense of community. With our expert tutors and great language facilities, at Leeds we can help you get to where you want to go.

Specialist facilities

Our fully-equipped Language Centre offers plenty of facilities for language students, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL). There’s also an extensive lending library of foreign films and newspapers as well as other on-demand resources.

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

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Course content

Your first two years will be spent consolidating and building your language skills in core language modules, while in optional modules you will be introduced to the applied language skills of translation and to aspects of German culture, society, politics and history. You will have the opportunity to choose from subjects as diverse as German cinema, gender and the politics of the ‘Berlin Republic’.

It’s all designed to prepare you for your year abroad, which you’ll usually spend in either Germany or Austria, refining your language skills and gaining first-hand experience of the local culture.

When you come back, you’ll have a fresh perspective on your studies, which will incorporate advanced language learning alongside further optional modules. These will allow you to explore topics such as the German student movement or cultural representations of war, or to focus on translation or specialist language for professional contexts. You’ll also apply the critical skills you have developed to an independently researched dissertation or project on a subject of your choice.

Course structure

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

Year 1

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 1 20 credits
Researching German Culture, History and Society 20 credits

Optional modules

From Unification to Reunification: Introduction to German History 1870-1990 20 credits
Skills in German Translation 20 credits
Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture 20 credits
Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
World Histories 20 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits
Politics, Culture and Society 20 credits
Worlds of Literature 20 credits
Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 2 20 credits

Optional modules

Research Placement 20 credits
Applied German Language 20 credits
From Caligari to Hitler: Introduction to German Cinema 20 credits
Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic' 20 credits
Gender, Culture and Representation in German History 1871-2000 20 credits
The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich 20 credits
Freedom and Control: Identities in Crisis in German Literature and Film 20 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

German Year Abroad 120 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

German Core Language 3 20 credits
Final Year Project: Extended Essay

Optional modules

Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture 20 credits
Contemporary German Cinema 20 credits
Advanced Translation from German into English 20 credits
W. G. Sebald and the Politics of Literature 20 credits
War Imagined: Cultural Representations of War and Conflict in Germany 20 credits
Perpetrators and/or Victims? Remembering the Second World War in Germany 20 credits
Linguists into Schools 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read German 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 use a range of different learning and teaching styles to help you benefit from the expertise of our tutors. They include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops.

Independent study is also an important theme throughout your course, since it allows you to develop your research skills and think critically about what you read. We have excellent library resources to help you, and the University Library runs training programmes to help you get the best of them.


We use a variety of forms of assessment including written and oral exams, essays, individual and group projects, portfolios and oral presentations. We do offer plenty of support throughout your time at Leeds, including extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB including B 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

    M1, M1, M1 including German.

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in German at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

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

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers including German and AABBB in Highers, or B in German in Advanced Highers and AAABB 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: 77% including 80% in German.

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

Where 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 BBB at A Level including 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: BBC at A Level including B in 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 degree in German from Leeds allows you to become proficient in one of Europe’s most commonly-used languages. It also gives you a real appreciation of the culture in one of the world’s major economic powerhouses.

These qualities will open doors to a wide range of careers across different industries, but your degree will also equip you with valuable skills such as teamwork, presentation, communication, research, critical thinking and analysis which are highly desirable to all kinds of employers. Spending a year abroad will also demonstrate that you are independent and adaptable.

Recent graduates have pursued careers in areas such as journalism, PR, business and finance, HR, law, teaching and social work. They’ve gone to work in organisations such as the NHS, the Department for Work and Pensions, Mitchells and Butler and Deutsche Bank. Others have pursued further training to go into language-specific roles such as translation and 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 third year in a German-speaking country, immersing yourself in local culture and cultivating your language skills.

We have partnerships with a number of universities in Germany where you could study, or you could undertake a paid work placement either with one of our partner firms or with an organisation of your choice. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.

Whatever you choose to do, you’ll gain a new insight into German-speaking society as well as valuable experience of adapting to another culture. If you choose to work during your time there, you’ll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, it’s the real highlight of their course.

Read more about Residence Abroad in German

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