BA

German / Mathematics

Key Facts

Code GR12
  • Typical A-level offer

    ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics. B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

To enable you to take the combination of subjects that best suits your interests and requirements, the University offers a wide range of Joint Honours combinations. Joint Honours degrees enable you to study two subjects subjects equally so that you gain a sound knowledge of both. If a language is studied as Joint Honours subject, the degree is a four-year scheme.

German, with over 90 million speakers, is the language of the greatest economic power in Europe. Language skills are vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and languages graduates are in demand by employers. Whilst you will acquire the same skills as other Arts graduates, you will have one major advantage compared to other students: you will have lived independently in at least one foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.

The Department of European Languages offers a range of attractive degree schemes which will equip you not only with a high level of linguistic competence but also provide you with a sound knowledge of the culture within which the language or languages you are studying is/are used. During your time as a student you will be able to choose from a range of modules which appeal to a variety of interests. The Department is relatively small and this means that staff and students form a close-knit and friendly community. Many of the modules relate to staff research interests and you will benefit from being taught by staff who are experts in their fields and who are active members of national and international research communities.

The Mathematics Degree covers the essential core disciplines, supplemented by a great choice of elective specialities. You will be taught in lectures and practical classes with good staff/student ratios. Graduates of the Mathematics Degree are in significant demand across many industries for their problem-solving abilities, clear analytical thought processes and capacity for logical argument. 

The Department of Mathematics maintained its position as one of the best departments in Wales in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). The department returned almost 90% of our staff, the highest proportion of any Welsh mathematics department. Results show that 1 in 8 of our research outputs are world leading, and more than 60% are either world leading or internationally excellent. All of our research and the impact it has outside universities, was judged to be of international standard.

Our Mathematics courses are accredited by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the UK’s learned and professional society for mathematics. The IMA exists to support the advancement of mathematical knowledge and its applications, and to promote and enhance mathematical culture in the United Kingdom and elsewhere, for the public good.

Our Staff

Most lecturers in the Department of Mathematics are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Many have a postgraduate teaching qualification.

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Employability

Career Prospects

Your BA in German and Maths opens up a range of exciting opportunities for employment and further training. Modern linguists are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. Many of our students go on to teach the languages they themselves have learned and a high proportion of our graduates go into administrative and managerial posts. A degree from the European Languages Department is a qualification which opens the door to many professions in Britain, such as the civil service, tourism, social work, librarianship, publishing and broadcasting, and our degrees also take our students across the world.

Your year abroad will set you apart from the majority of graduates, demonstrating your ability to live in a foreign environment, and immerse yourself in a different culture. Alongside this, the university will offer you a range of initiatives to help improve your employability skills. Paid work and work experience opportunities are available in the University and the town, and the Careers Advisory Service are able to assist you in planning your future, putting together a CV, and looking for work during and after your studies. Furthermore, the University’s Personal Development Portfolio, in which you record and reflect on your academic studies, the development of your skills and your plans for the future is a useful way of tracking your progress through your studies, and can help you to decide what career might be suitable for you.

From the point of view of the Mathematics side of this degree, you will be prepared for careers in which specialist numerical skills and logical and analytical thought are in high demand. These include working for organisations such as the Office of National Statistics and the Meteorological Office, but career paths such as accountancy and banking, risk analysis and actuarial work, finance management, investment analysis, information technology, research and lecturing are also open to you. The addition of a modern language will of course greatly enhance your potential, opening doors both home and more widely across Europe.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in German and Maths will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills

• the ability to work independently

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines

• self-motivation and self-reliance

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement

• research skills

Teaching & Learning

German is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year including guided and independent work in the Language Resource Centre. In the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together.

In German the core modules in each year are devoted to language work. You acquire and consolidate the three skills: writing, speaking and listening. In the first year, especially, in lectures and small groups, we seek to consolidate your knowledge of German grammar and to impart the necessary terminology to enable you to talk about the German language. Various methods are used to raise your language awareness and to improve your linguistic skills, e.g. translating into and out of German, free composition and grammar exercises. You will also get plenty of oral practice and the opportunity to hone your listening skills. The small groups give you the chance not only to speak German, but to practise your presentation skills and to learn more about the cultural context in which the language is used.

We offer a wide range of modules on aspects of German culture, history, literature, politics and linguistics. Some integrate the study of texts and films in order to throw light on a particular issue, e.g. the question of German identity in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In linguistics, students have the opportunity to study variation in German, and to investigate the interrelations between language and society in the German-speaking countries. In other modules students learn about aspects of the German economy and political system whilst acquiring the specialist registers of these domains.

Within the Erasmus framework we currently enjoy special links with the universities of Augsburg, Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Salzburg. Your year abroad, which forms your third year of study, may well be the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding feature of a degree in European Languages. Having to spend a year living independently in a foreign country gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers, as well as providing you with a memorable experience. 

The Department believes in giving students a relatively free choice about the year abroad, although we do of course give you plenty of advice. Many students study at a university. Or, if you prefer, you can work as an English assistant in a school. Being an assistant has the important benefits of a regular salary every month and daily contact with a large number of people, which means many opportunities for communicating in the foreign language.

You could also choose to be in other employment, and a good proportion of our students use their own initiative to find themselves employment for a year. There are also various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad, e.g. Comenius or Leonardo. Full details will be made available to you in your second year. You can also choose a combination of these possibilities, for example studying for one semester and working for one; assistantships are also available for some countries for half a year.

Entry Requirements

A Levels ABC with A in Mathematics or BBB with B in Mathematics. B in German unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with A/B in A level Mathematics and specified subject

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28-30 points with 4-5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level and with 5 points in German at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
70% overall with 75% in Mathematics and with 70% in German unless to be studied as a beginner

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