German and Politics BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RLF2
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)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
French at Leeds allows you to become fluent in a major world language while gaining an insight into the literature, cinema, history and politics of the Francophone world. Core modules will develop your language skills and introduce you to key aspects of Francophone culture. You’ll then choose from an impressive range of optional modules on topics as diverse as medieval romances, the French Revolution, postcolonial cinema and Francophone Africa.
Politics allows you an in-depth understanding of the institutions and practices of modern political systems, as well as the theories that underpin them and the ways in which they shape, and are shaped by, society. A combination of core and optional modules will give you a firm grounding in political ideas, challenges and institutions around the world, while allowing you to develop specialist knowledge in areas that suit your interests.Back to top
A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects. You’ll study one of our Cornerstone modules in Year 1 to draw your two subjects together, and apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project in either subject in your final year.
You’ll sharpen your language skills in your first year, as well as exploring German culture, history or translation. Following this you’ll continue with core language study and choose from optional modules on topics such as German cinema or politics in the ‘Berlin Republic’. All of this will prepare you to spend your time abroad working or studying in a German-speaking country. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from further options, including the use of German as a professional language.
Core modules in your first year will allow you to explore the similarities and differences between political systems and introduce you to key concepts, theories and ideas in politics. In the following year youll develop this knowledge by choosing from a range of optional modules on topics like security, electioneering and politics from the US to Africa, Europe and Asia Pacific. Youll continue to pursue these interests by choosing from an even wider range of optional modules in your final year.
|German Core Language 1||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Politics, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Comparative Politics||20 credits|
|Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas||20 credits|
|Introduction to Modern Germany||20 credits|
|Approaching German Culture||20 credits|
|Skills in German Translation||20 credits|
|German Core Language 2||20 credits|
|Applied German Language||20 credits|
|Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic'||20 credits|
|The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich||20 credits|
|United States Politics||20 credits|
|Theories of International Relations||20 credits|
|Beliefs and Attitudes in Politics||20 credits|
|German Year Abroad||120 credits|
|German Core Language 3||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Contemporary German Cinema||20 credits|
|Screening Terrorism||20 credits|
|Untranslatable? German Literature as an Object of Cultural Exchange||20 credits|
|Britain and the EU||20 credits|
|Europe in the World||20 credits|
|Politics of Islamism||20 credits|
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Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: ABB 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.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M1 including German
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 H2 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
European Baccalaureate: 77% including 85% in German.
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 ABC at A Level including A in German and grade A in the EPQ.
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 wide range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
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.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Studying for a Joint Honours degree allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of two subjects, including proficiency in a major world language. As well as demonstrating that youre intellectually versatile, your degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers actively seek.
Youll have good research skills, and youll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. Youll then be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, youll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. Theyve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few. Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
Youll 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 and Austria where you could study, or you could apply for a paid work placement either with one of our partner companies or with an organisation of your choice. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Councils programme.
Whatever you choose to do, youll 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, youll also return with work experience to increase your appeal to employers. For many of our students, its the real highlight of their course.
Read more about Residence Abroad in German
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