BA

German with Business and Management

Key Facts

Code R2N1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with 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 Major/Minor combinations. Major/Minor degrees enable you to study two subjects, but devote 2/3 of your time to one of them. If a language is studied as a Major or Minor element, the degree is a four-year scheme.

In choosing to study the German with Business and Management Degree at Aberystwyth University you will be preparing yourself for the perfect introduction business but with the additional language skills to further enhance your prospects and employability. With leading subject experts teaching you a range of business and management disciplines that includes Human Resources, Finance, Marketing, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship amongst others, you will benefit from the small tutorial sizes, business links, and opportunities that the Business and Management Degree provides to you.

German, with over 90 million speakers, is the language of the greatest economic power in Europe. Skills in German are therefore vital to the UK’s economic, political and strategic interests and German 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 a 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.

Teaching in the Aberystwyth Business School is underpinned by research. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

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.  

Students at the Aberystwyth Business School are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Modules

Employability

The majority of your studies towards this degree will be in German, which will in itself open 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 language(s) 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. Combining a language with studies in Business and Management will prepare you for a career in business, which may stretch across any sector or industry and crucially facilitate mobility in terms of your country of work. Career paths open to you include Chartered accountancy, investment banking, insurance, underwriting, and risk management, but your degree would also be useful in such professions as retail management, marketing management, distribution and logistics management, sales executive, and health service management. Many industries as diverse as chemicals, fashion, and construction all require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues, and opportunities for management and analysis roles will exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

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.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in German with Business and Management 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 your first year of the Business and Management side of the course, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles of management and to an understanding of the business context in which they need to be applied, both in your studies and in your future career. You will learn about the dynamics of the modern business environment, the use of financial and accounting information in management decisions at operational and strategic levels, marketing principles and the relationship between management and organisation. No prior knowledge of business is assumed nor is necessary.

In the second year you will explore organisational behaviour and theory, human resource management, the theories and techniques of operations management, and market structures and pricing strategies. You will acquire the skills, analytical tools and techniques to identify and address problems and opportunities in business management and marketing.

In the third year you will study business strategy and how it functions within the wider internal and external business environment. You will also gain an understanding of current management thinking from both practical and theoretical perspectives. A compulsory independent research project provides the opportunity for you to specialize in a particular aspect of business management or marketing, while further developing your analytical, research and communication skills. Optional modules will allow you to direct your learning in your preferred direction.

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. These latter modules are understandably popular with students taking Business and Management as well as German.

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 half-years.

Entry Requirements

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

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Students

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

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

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