German and Portuguese BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: RR25
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
This flexible degree allows you to become fluent in German while exploring literature, cinema, philosophy, politics, history or specialised uses of language. Core modules will improve your language skills and introduce you to German culture and society, but youll also choose from a wide range of optional modules on topics such as translation, using German in a professional context and representations of war and conflict.
This degree will allow you to learn Portuguese from beginners level and gain an insight into Lusophone and Latin American history and culture. By combining core and optional modules, youll build language skills and explore topics from literature and cinema to national identity and the African Diaspora. Youll also benefit from the Instituto Camões the cultural institute of the Portuguese government is on campus and youll have access to all of its facilities.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.
In your first year, youll study core modules that develop your language skills. Following this you will take further language study as well as a range of optional modules, such as Hispanic cinema and Latin American history. This will prepare you for your time abroad working or studying in a Lusophone country. When you return for your final year, youll combine advanced language classes and optional modules on aspects of Lusophone culture, history and politics.
|German Core Language 1||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Introduction to Brazil, Portugal and Portuguese Speaking Africa||20 credits|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A||20 credits|
|Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B||20 credits|
|Introduction to Modern Germany||20 credits|
|Approaching German Culture||20 credits|
|Skills in German Translation||20 credits|
|Politics, Culture and Society||20 credits|
|Worlds of Literature||20 credits|
|Discourse, Culture and Identity||20 credits|
|German Core Language 2||15 credits|
|Portuguese Language Skills||15 credits|
|Applied German Language||15 credits|
|Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic'||15 credits|
|The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich||15 credits|
|Culture and Society in the Portuguese-Speaking World||15 credits|
|Introduction to Literature in Portuguese||15 credits|
|Latin America since Independence (c1800 - c1930)||15 credits|
|German Core Language 3||20 credits|
|Advanced Portuguese Language||20 credits|
|Final Year Project|
|Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture||20 credits|
|German for Professional Purposes||20 credits|
|Contemporary German Cinema||20 credits|
|Viva! Contemporary Film Industries of Latin America and the Marketing of 'Latin American-ness'||20 credits|
|Crime and Punishment in Contemporary Latin American Culture||20 credits|
|New Media in Latin America||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
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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.
To find out more about graduate destinations in your subjects, please see the relevant Single Honours pages.
You’ll spend a term of Year 2 and the whole of the following year between a German-speaking country and usually either Portugal or Brazil. 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.
It's up to you where you spend the longer period. On your term abroad in Germany you'll study at a partner university. If you choose a term abroad in Portugal you will be studying on a dedicated Portuguese course for foreign learners of the language in Lisbon.
For your year abroad, we have partnerships with a number of Spanish, Latin American and German universities where you could study through an exchange agreement, or you could apply for a work placement. You could even work as a language assistant in a school under the British Council’s programme.
Whatever you decide, you’ll gain a new perspective and valuable work experience.
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