BA

German / Spanish

Key Facts

Code RR24
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Spanish and German unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

Apply Now

The BA German/ Spanish degree allows you to study two languages simultaneously. This degree will allow you to develop linguistic competence in speaking, listening, reading, writing, translating. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to explore the society and culture of your chosen languages through our broad range of options.  If you are interested in developing your language competencies and exploring the languages further within a social and cultural context, then German and Spanish is the course for you.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of German (NSS 2016)
Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Spanish (NSS 2016)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning

Overview

Why study German / Spanish at Aberystwyth University?

  • Possibility to start at beginners’ or advanced level
  • Students will receive 4 hours of language work per week for all (most universities offer 2-3)
  • Students will thrive from being taught in small groups
  • We are in the top 5 among Modern Languages departments in the UK in NSS 2016
  • The department has a strong history of excellent employment rates post-graduation
  • Exceptionally friendly environment, close contact with teaching staff
  • Benefit Numerous Erasmus links with Austria, Germany and Spain and other  Spanish-speaking universities 
Our Staff

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

Employability is embedded into our teaching across the Department of Modern Languages. The Year Abroad is what makes our graduates stand out from the crowd . On successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt to any situation. 

Our graduates have been successful in finding employment after graduation. Our graduates are successful in these fields (amongst others):

  • Translation and Interpreting 
  • Broadcasting 
  • Education 
  • Marketing 
  • Human Resources 
  • Website Development 
  • International Banking 
  • Civil Service 

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

In every year you will take a core language module and a range of optional modules. The language modules will cover oral, aural and writing skills. In the first year option modules may cover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilisation
  • European Film
  • Language, Culture  and Identity in Europe

In your second year you may choose from:

  • An independent research project
  • Specialised languages modules (language of business etc.)
  • A large choice of content modules on literature, film and art
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages 

In your third year, you will study or work abroad, usually sharing the time between a German- speaking and a Spanish-speaking country.

In your final year, you can choose from modules such as:

  • Semantics and Lexicography
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements
  • German Literature
  • German Linguistics
  • Actualidades
  • Teaching of English to Speakers of other Languages
  • Independent research project

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching formats are used in class. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars you will be expected to participate in the discussion. 
You will be assessed in a variety of ways in your modules. You will have to give oral presentations, sit listening tests, write reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you might be asked to write an essay, undertake a research project, give an oral presentation, or sit an exam. 

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in Spanish and German unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Spanish and German at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in German and German unless to be studied as a beginner

Back to the top