Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RR24
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Spanish Hispanic Studies

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Department of Germanic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/slc/undergraduate/courses/german

Department of Germanic Studies

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Course description

The course combines intensive language training with rigorous academic study.

You'll spend half your third year in a Germanic country; the other half in a Hispanic country.

We teach in German on several of our modules, which cover literature, culture, history, philosophy, politics, language theory and usage in German-speaking countries. Specialist options include Dutch and Luxembourgish.

You will get expert training in Spanish. And you'll grow to understand the contexts that determine the way Hispanic peoples think and act. There are opportunities to study Portuguese and Catalan.

In the first year you'll begin advanced practice in spoken and written German. You will also study contemporary German society and phases of German literature.

In the second year your German language training gets more advanced. Option modules include topics from linguistics, German literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

In the final year your language training continues. Major options include German thought, modern and pre-modern literature, politics, linguistics, Dutch and Luxembourgish.

Modules: what you study and when

About dual honours and major/minor degrees

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on Department of Germanic Studies website

Course information on Department of Hispanic Studies website

First year

Optional modules:

Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II
Aufbausprachkurs
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs

Second year

Optional modules:

Cold War Culture
Conformity and Consensus in Spain
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dutch Intermediate
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language at Work
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
Deutsche Kultur (for Intermediate German)
Deutsche Politik und Medien (for Intermediate German)
Dutch Beginners A
Dutch Beginners B
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
German Film and Society
German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
Germany Remixed: German Pop Culture in Literature and Film since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
Intensive Beginners Portuguese I
Intensive Beginners Portuguese II
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II
Intermediate German Language
Intermediate German Language II
Maternalism and Militarism: 1871-1918
Medien und Oeffentlichkeit
Osterreich heute
Two Revolutions: German Literature of the 1960s and 1970s

Third year

Optional modules:

Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Core modules:

Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV
German Core Language

Optional modules:

Adaptations and Transformation
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Cold War Culture
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
German for Enterprise
History of the Spanish Language
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Language in Use: An Introduction to Corpus Linguistic Research
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages
Modern German Thought
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Questioning Spain
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
The GDR: From Utopia to Nostalgia
Translation Studies
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
German Translation
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV
Presenting and Debating in German

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the two single honours courses on which this dual degree is based. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 18%
Independent study 64%
Placement 18%

Assessment
Exams/tests 37%
Coursework 39%
Practical 24%

Department of Germanic Studies

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We teach an unusually wide range of subjects because we want you to graduate with a sophisticated understanding of German language, culture and society.

All our academic staff are prominent researchers in their specialist fields. Their energy and their commitment to teaching make this multilingual department a lively place to study.

The student-run Deutscher Verein and Nederlandse Vereniging societies organise regular social events celebrating German and Dutch culture.

Department of Germanic Studies website

Department of Hispanic Studies

Learn with us and you won't just become fluent in Spanish. You'll be immersed in Hispanic cultures. Our degrees are about understanding the contexts that determine the way Hispanic communities think and act. This knowledge can be key to the success of many national and international enterprises.

You'll be stretched intellectually, learning in small groups with native speakers. Around a third of teaching time is devoted to developing your written and oral fluency in Spanish. And there's a huge range of options for combining Hispanic Studies with a second subject.

You'll build a close working relationship with your tutors. We use novel ways to inspire you, including filmmaking. Our student-run societies arrange regular social, cultural and sporting events. We also perform a Spanish or Latin American play and a Hispanic concert each year, in which staff and students participate.

Visits by contemporary Spanish and Latin American writers, film directors and scholars play their part in maintaining a lively intellectual environment. We also hold regular research seminars that are open to all, in which both members of the department and invited speakers present the areas in which they research.

Department of Hispanic Studies website


What our graduates do

Recent graduates have gone on to work in a variety of professions including law, teaching, translating, journalism, broadcasting, accountancy, national government and business, in the UK and in elsewhere in Europe.

Student profile


"I'm in love with Sheffield, it was definitely a good choice. Studying languages means I can pretty much go anywhere, meet people and have a conversation. It has opened up another world."

Samantha O'nion
Languages

You'll spend you third year abroad, usually as a student at a university, as a language assistant in a school, or on an approved work placement. We also have a number of places on summer courses in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

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