German and Italian, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English, German, Italian
    Language
University rank #61 (ARWU) ,
This Joint Honours degree enables you to develop your understanding of both German and Italian language and culture. Both departments have impressive reputations for teaching and research.

About

With the closer integration of Europe, the importance of German - the most widely spoken language in the European Union - has never been greater.

Italian language and culture have had a lasting impact on Europe, while today Italy's innovative contributions to design, technology and fashion mean that it is a major global commercial force.

You will divide your third year between Germany and Italy.

There are opportunities to complement your specialism in German and Italian with options including a comparative element.

We have a regular programme of visiting speakers who complement our regular teaching with specialist talks on their research interests.

Why study German at Bristol?

Bristol’s Department of German has an impressive reputation for teaching and research. You will follow a curriculum which introduces you to many aspects of German studies.

As well as following a structured language course, you will study literature, history, thought, politics, linguistics and culture. You will be able to choose from a wide range of options that allow you to pursue your own interests.

All German degrees last four years and include a period of residence in a German-speaking country on a work or study placement during the third year.

Bristol’s German Department has a close community with an active student society and a range of extra-curricular social and cultural events, including regular dramatic performances.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural life, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere. Bristol students of German have access to a state-of-the-art multi-media centre.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Weekday
    • Duration description

      6-7 year(s) part-time. Part-time study over six or seven years with daytime, weekday teaching plus a period of residence abroad

  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in German
    • Partially taught in Italian
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • German Language
  • Introduction to German Studies
  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary society and literature units
  • Beginners: extra language work
  • Post A-level: project and optional unit
Second year
  • German Language
  • One to three German optional units, eg: Germany and Austria 1918-34, Franz Kafka, Divided Germany, Historical Linguistics, Literature and Politics 1800-1871, Business German, Spotlights on Anglo-German Relations (Literature, media, film)
  • Italian Language
  • One to three Italian optional units, eg: Nineteenth-century Culture, Dante’s Inferno, Italian Cinema: Genre and Social Change, Italian Memories of the Second World War
Third year

Year abroad

Fourth year
  • German Language
  • One to three German optional units, eg: Modern Sociolinguistics, Precursors of Modernism, Exiles and Migrants in German Literature, Representing the Holocaust, Constitutional History, German Expressionist Drama, Culture of Classical Weimar
  • Italian Language
  • One to three Italian optional units, eg: The Culture of Fascism, Naples: Culture, Identity and nation, Desire in medieval and Renaissance Culture, Institutions and Anti-Institutions in Italy in the 1960s and 1970s

Audience

The German courses at Bristol will suit you if you have an enquiring mind, a love of language and a passion for exploring other countries and societies. Studying a modern language in the context of its speakers’ history, literature, experience and outlooks opens horizons and challenges preconceptions.

As well as mastering the language, you will develop your skills of investigation and analysis which will be useful in a range of graduate employment opportunities.

The year abroad is an exciting opportunity to experience the challenges and the satisfaction of living in a different language and culture.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): ABB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): BBB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 32 overall to include 16 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • IB Diploma: 31 overall to include 15 points at Higher Level with 5 at Higher Level in one of the languages to be studied*
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit*. Distinctions may be required in certain units.
  • BTEC: DDM. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning.*
  • SQA: SH: AAABB and AH: AB including at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core*
  • EB: 80% overall with 8 in at least one of the languages to be studied*
  • International qualifications: Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: no specific subjects required.
  • Academic qualifications: *One language can be studied from beginner level. All applicants should demonstrate a proven capacity for language learning, usually with an A-level in one of the languages to be studied at grade B or above (or equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Funding

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