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University of Reading

German and Italian

UCAS Code: RR23

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,C-B,B,B

A level Italian or German at grade B.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

Must include at least 15 level 3 credits in German or Italian.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Higher Level Italian or German at 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Modules taken must be comparable to A level German or Italian.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Higher Italian or German at grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

German studies

Italian studies

A more connected world demands language skills. Expand your horizons and immerse yourself in the history and cultures of Italy and the German-speaking world.

Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in German and Italian, both written and spoken. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers who support you to develop your language skills to the best of your ability.

You will learn both languages in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which they are spoken. This considerably enhances your understanding of the languages, providing you with the knowledge to live and work in these countries and enter professional roles with global companies which operate in and interact with them.

In German, you will have the opportunity to explore topics such as German cinema, the portrayal of Berlin in German literature, the impact of the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and the history behind and current debates about immigration to Germany. In Italian, you will have the opportunity to study with leading academics on topics including Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo, and covering fascism, the history of the language, the resistance, Fellini and contemporary culture.You will also be able to explore a specific topic in both of the languages you're learning through comparative modules. If you really enjoy studying cinema, for example, then you can opt to take modules in European and World cinema and gain an even broader knowledge of the medium.

An integral part of the course is the opportunity to study or work abroad during your third year. You will split your time equally between Italy and a German-speaking country (six months in each), studying at a university or working on a placement. It allows you to directly immerse yourself in the culture and considerably develop your knowledge of both German and Italian. A key advantage of this joint honours degree course is that you can incorporate both study and placement work into the year abroad for a more varied experience. Core language modules in the second year will prepare you for your time abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.

We provide accelerated learning in both German and Italian, meaning that you can start Italian from beginner's level if you have not studied the language before. You can join German at intermediate level if you have previously learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken German and Italian by the final year.

**Careers**

Being able to write and speak confidently in German, Italian and English, as well as your in-depth knowledge of the countries where these languages are used, will make you highly attractive to a wide range of employers. Well-qualified linguists are currently in short supply in the UK, which will enhance your career prospects even further. As such, 98% of graduates from the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies are in work or further study six months after graduating (DLHE survey, 2015-16).

The course provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working. The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise.

Our graduates have put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a German connection but prospects extend well beyond translating and interpreting with recent graduates recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.

Modules

This course is made up of a mixture of compulsory and optional modules. See our website for more details of the options available.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,475
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

Modern Languages and European Studies

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

German and scandinavian studies

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Italian studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
32%
Male students
68%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

German and scandinavian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from German courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. The unemployment rates last year was lower than graduates in general. Nearly a quarter of working graduates from 2015 got jobs outside the UK — mostly as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. The relative strength of the German economy means there will continue to be opportunities there in the future. But more graduates went to work in London, and those who want to stay at home to work find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must, particularly in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers.. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

Italian studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,500
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Other administrative occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is one of the less common modern languages for students to take, but graduates from Italian courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their degrees. About one in five graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects, and higher than previous years. Nearly half of the rest went to work in London. Those who want to stay at home to work usually find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must — and in 2015, that included education, marketing and finance. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

German studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£19k

£24k

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£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Italian studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£24k

£24k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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