Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code RW23
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Germanic Studies Music

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

Germanic Studies

97% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2016

Course description

The course combines intensive language training with rigorous academic study.

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.

Your music modules will enhance your appreciation of German composers and the role music in German culture. If your degree includes performance, you'll get expert tuition on your principal instrument.

In the first year you'll begin advanced practice in spoken and written German. You will also study contemporary German society and its history; and phases of German literature. We teach in German on several of our modules.

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

You spend your third year in Germany or another German-speaking country.

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 including Music (or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit) and typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB including Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33 including Higher Level Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD in Music + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 including Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B including Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB including Music or Grade 8 Practical (ABRSM/Trinity/Rockschool or equivalent) at Merit + Grade 5 theory (ABRSM/Trinity) at Merit and 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
  • *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).
  • 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
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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 17%
Independent study 77%
Placement 6%

Assessment
Exams/tests 24%
Coursework 55%
Practical 21%

Germanic Studies

Jessop West building

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.

Germanic Studies website

Department of Music

The Soundhouse

- Top 10 for research excellence in music in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework
- 100 concerts and musical events every year

Our rigorous curriculum is exceptionally diverse, covering psychological and anthropological approaches to the study of music, alongside performance, composition and musicology.

Our departmental ethos combines high achievement with a sense of community and a shared passion for music. Our internationally recognised research informs our high quality teaching and our student experience is second to none.

We offer academic and practical study in most music genres, including classical, pop, jazz, folk and world music. Our £8.5 million facilities provide the ideal home for some of the UK's most diverse and cutting-edge music research and teaching.

- The Jessop Building houses specialist study and rehearsal rooms, dedicated spaces for world music and Western historical performance, and music psychology labs.
- The Soundhouse is our purpose-built facility for instrumental lessons, practice, small-scale rehearsals and sound recording, and includes four studios.

Department of Music 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


"There is scope with the modules to focus on music performance, composition, history and technology. The practice rooms and equipment are fantastic."

Simon Stewart
Music

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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