About This Course
This course will equip you with advanced skills in the German language, as well as offering a broad range of specialised and detailed insights into the culture, society and history of the German-speaking lands. The course has language at the heart of it, with core modules developing the key oral, aural and written skills every year. These modules also foster cultural awareness, which you will need for your year abroad, and later on, for the world of work. This single honours course course will furnish you with extensive knowledge of the heritage and culture of modern Germany and Austria. You will also have the added bonus of studying Dutch in your second year which opens up further horizons within Europe.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- Modern Languages at Bangor consistently ranks amongst the highest rated in its subject area in the National Student Survey.
- Our size means that we offer learning on a human scale, in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students.
- At the same time, our very large and varied range of option modules enables you to tailor your degree to your personal needs.
- Some options are taught through the medium of German, others through English.
- Bangor's Modern Language graduates have a very good track record in gaining employment.
- Degree structures are flexible, allowing you to change your degree at the end of year 1 if you wish.
You will have 3-4 hours of language classes each week plus classes in your other chosen modules. Tuition is mainly in small groups and there are few formal lectures.
Assessment involves coursework and written and oral examinations. You will also complete a dissertation as part of your degree.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the German Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £30
- Beginners’ textbook, DaF Kompakt (compulsory for beginners): £30
- Grammar textbook, German Grammar in Context (compulsory for all students): £25
- Grammar reference (not compulsory): £25
Reading material for optional modules (all languages): a booklet is provided in most modules at no extra cost. When this is not the case, there are copies of the books in the library and/or online links are made available (e.g. free online platforms such as Project Gutenberg). When purchased, individual books would not normally exceed £10 (average of £40 if all books are bought for a module).
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students will need to pay for travel to and from year abroad placements (varying according to destination) but will receive an Erasmus+ grant that will provide a significant contribution to travel and living costs during their year abroad.
Graduation reception (i.e. event after the official ceremony) is free to attend for each student and two guests. Additional guests have to pay approximately £10.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80- 96 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (including grade C or above in German)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 in German)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - MMM**
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/ Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis**
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
**Can be considered in conjunction with another qualification in German e.g. A level.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Studying Modern Languages and Cultures opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many Bangor Modern Languages and Cultures graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media. The skills you learn whilst studying languages – cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis – are valued highly by employers from all sectors of the economy
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.