Bachelor's Degree in German

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Bachelor's Degree in German

This degree will give you complete proficiency in German and you’ll gain valuable experience spending a year living and working in a foreign country.

Following our system of language development, you’ll start at a level that matches your ability in German. This means we can personalise your learning so you make the best progress.

You’ll also have all the resources you need to support you in our excellent Centre for Language Study.

You’ll have the freedom to tailor your degree to areas that interest you. Whether you want to learn another language, take modules from other subject areas, improve your employability skills, or explore German culture, society, or history, the choice will be yours.

In your year abroad you can choose to work as an English assistant in a school, study at a university or take a work placement. Our partner universities in the Erasmus programme are in Germany and Austria.

This German course has a strong focus on employability. You’ll have the option to take practical modules looking at teaching, you could take advantage of our vacation work placement schemes and you’ll develop a wide range of transferable skills.

Admission requirements


ABB including German

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in German


  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level German
  • Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level German
  • Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A level German and one further A level

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Academic Skills for ML students
  • German History, Politics and Society
  • German Language Stage 4
  • Introduction to German Linguistic Studies

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Applications of Linguistics
  • Elements of Linguistics - Sound, Structure and Meaning
  • Modern German Culture
  • Reading Culture
  • Reading the City
  • Spanish Accelerated Language stages 1-2
  • Spanish Language Stage 4
  • Spanish Language Stages 3/4 (Accelerated)

Year 2

  • German Language Stage 5
  • Managing Research and Learning

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Globalisation: Culture, Language and The Nation State
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Language and Society in German-Speaking World
  • Language, Ideologies and Attitudes
  • Learning about Culture: Introduction to Ethnography
  • Multilingualism
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sound and Voice
  • Syntax: Studying Language Structure
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • The EU and European Identity
  • Variation and Change in English
  • Vienna and Berlin: Society, Politics and Culture from 1890 to the Present

Year 3

  • Year Abroad Research Project YARP

Year 4

  • German Language Stage 7
  • German-Jewish Writing Across the Twentieth Century
  • Language and the City
  • Minorities and Migrants: Exploring Multicultural Germany
  • Seeing and being seen: Study Abroad re-entry
  • You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

Audiovisual Translation

  • English as a Global Language
  • How the Arts Work: A Practical Introduction to Cultural Economics
  • Language Teaching Theory and Practice
  • Language Testing and Assessment in Society
  • Modern Languages Dissertation
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociophonetic Project Module
  • Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Writing in a Second Language

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • The full tuition price for local/UK students is £9,250
  • The price for International/Non-UK students is £19,300


  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of award: German
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

Career paths

Previous graduates have gone on to careers including:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • international development
  • advertising, film and television

Many of our graduates go on to further study. Subjects taken include interpreting and translating, law, accountancy, management and international relations.

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