English Literature and German BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

The English Literature programme offers an extensive range of texts – from Geoffrey Chaucer to David Mitchell – and you focus on prose, poetry, drama and film adaptations.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for English Literature and German, with our German programmes ranked top five in the Guardian University Guide 2018 and top ten by the Complete University Guide 2018.  Our English Literature programmes are also ranked top ten in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Our School of Literature and Languages has an excellent reputation for challenging, innovative, forward-thinking teaching and research. Our English Literature and German programme is innovative and interdisciplinary, allowing you to develop a high level of literary, linguistic and cultural competence.

Programme overview

The English Literature element of the degree covers a range of literary themes, genres and theories and the foreign language component is taught almost exclusively in German, providing high-level language training.

You will spend your third year on placement in a country where the language is spoken, giving you the opportunity to study English literature in one of our partner institutions across Europe and/or work in one of the many companies with which we have links.

The two elements of this unique programme complement one another and enhance your learning, giving you unique insights into language, literature and culture.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement

The Professional Training placement in our languages programmes are an essential part of the degree. They begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of undergraduate study. Professional Training placements offer unique experiences to students in terms of gaining access to the world of work and putting new languages skills into practice overseas. 

During your year abroad, you can either work for a full year or you can split the year with a six month work placement combined with a semester of study. During this time you will meet employers, develop job search skills and acquire skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

We are committed to supporting you in becoming an independent language learner and confident communicator, and place great emphasis on the teaching of study skills. The teaching style is innovative and highly engaging, in both lectures and seminars. You are taught mostly in small groups and almost always in the target language.

Our teaching in English Literature is both stimulating and encouraging. You experience a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Tutors encourage you to participate in discussions. Individual module tutors happily discuss academic concerns and personal tutors are always ready to advise and assist you if any issues, personal or academic, should arise.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

Our language teaching facilities include digital language labs, a multimedia lab, state-of-the-art interpreting facilities, our own virtual learning environment and an e-portfolio system that appeals to the most creative amongst you.

Between classes, you can use our Language Study Area, designed for independent language learning, in the University’s purpose-built Learning Centre, which is open 24/6 and most of Sunday during semester times.

Here, you can work at your own speed and concentrate on aspects of the language that are most important to you. Practice and confidence-building are crucial to successful language learning.

We have a computer network of 28 PCs offering the latest in language learning technology, including specialist software to practise subtitling and audio description, and interactive programs in 18 different languages to develop your language skills.

You can read the international press and choose from a range of books and audio materials which are graded and colour-coded for easy access to your language and level.

If you prefer film or video as a means of learning, you can access our media store of programmes and films and watch online, live satellite TV from five countries, or choose a foreign film from our world cinema collection.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

The Global Graduate Award in Languages

This programme gives you the opportunity to study an additional foreign language alongside your degree programme. You can start a new language, brush up a half-forgotten one or continue a language you have learned previously.

The programme is open to all Surrey students free of charge, and students from departments across the University are brought together by their mutual interest in foreign languages and cultures.

All language modules are accredited for undergraduate students. While these credits do not count towards your degree, they are recorded on your transcript as the Global Graduate Award in Languages. You may opt for a language module in each year of your undergraduate studies.

We offer ten languages at different levels:

  • Arabic
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • English (Advanced)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

The teaching is communicative and student-centred. Special emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills, and the programme materials are authentic and related to real-life contexts. We have a team of about 30 dedicated and experienced tutors, all of whom are native speakers or of native-speaker qualification.

This programme comprises one two-hour session per week for 19 weeks over two semesters.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

We believe that the acquisition of academic knowledge should be coupled with a strong and continuous professional training so that our students graduate with a wider range of skills that will make them more employable.

The Professional Training placement is one of the reasons for our very high employment rates in the School of English and Languages.

The Professional Training placement is compulsory, be it in the form of a work placement or a study period abroad.

We acknowledge its essential role in our degrees by awarding 120 credits for it, which (while not counting towards your final degree classification) appear in the final university transcript alongside your academic module marks.

In your third year, you are given the opportunity to practise and develop your linguistic, intercultural and transferable skills while working and/or studying abroad. Our placement team will help you organise a placement that fits your needs.

Where you go, and how many placements you do, depends on your degree programme. Whether you do a study or work placement depends on your interests and skills.

The majority of our students spend their third year working abroad, gaining valuable international work experience.

During your first year

The Professional Training placement cycle begins right from your first year, when you learn about the cultures and societies related to your chosen languages and practise CV­ writing and presentation techniques.

During your second year

In the second year, students take a module called Preparation for the Professional Training Year. This includes one-­to-­one meetings with an experienced team of placement tutors (one for each language), who can advise you on a placement that suits your abilities, interests and future career plans.

The preparation also includes sessions on CV and cover-­letter writing, finances while on placement, health and safety in the workplace, insurance, accommodation, and so on, as well as talks by current placement providers, employers or experts in a particular industry.

In the past, guest speakers have included representatives from Microsoft UK, Hilton Spain and Vifor Pharma Switzerland.

During your placement year

The Professional Training placement starts when you have secured a work placement or a study exchange. Our students make excellent candidates for placements in areas such as marketing, international relations, sales, PR, translation and even finance.

We have a wide range of links with internationally­ renowned companies such as Volkswagen, Mazda Motor Europe, Ernst & Young and German Academic Exchange Group, who send their competitive placement offers for distribution among our students.

If you opt for a study exchange, you can choose from a number of partner universities in Europe with which we have Erasmus bilateral agreements.

During your year abroad, you will receive at least two visits from your placement tutors. The purpose of this unique approach to placements is to support you in your transition to a new language, a new country and a new work environment.

They also serve the purpose of assessing your performance at work and mediating between you and your placement organisation, as well as preparing you for your final year back at university.

At the end of your Professional Training placement our goal is for you to be able to reflect upon and articulate your experience so that you can discuss it in a future job interview upon graduation.

To this end, we ask you to update your CV, write a placement report and give a presentation to first­ and second­-year students about your experience.

Graduate prospects

Our graduates do exceptionally well in the employment market as a result of their academic excellence and their experience abroad.

Our students’ proficiency in languages, combined with their significant understanding of intercultural processes and socio-political contexts, gives them a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive international employment market.

Our emphasis on transferable skills such as presentation and research techniques, and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, ensures that our graduate profile fits the expectations of prospective employers.

Language graduates from the University of Surrey have gone into a wide range of careers. Some examples of companies in which our graduates have found employment in recent years include:

  • Electricité de France
  • Santander
  • Bouygues UK
  • Crédit Lyonnais
  • Eurosport
  • Goldman Sachs
  • BMW
  • Siemens
  • Mazda Motors Europe
  • BAE Systems
  • BT
  • Eurotexte (translation company)
  • L’Oréal
  • LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy)
  • JP Morgan

Many students go on to further study across Europe. Examples include:

  • MSc in Development Studies at SOAS
  • ESCPEAP (Madrid/Berlin)
  • MBA European Business, University of Reutlingen, Germany
  • MBA International Marketing, Sorbonne, Paris
  • MA European Studies, Cambridge/Sorbonne
  • PGCE/CAPES

Our own Department offers a broad range of postgraduate degree programmes in Translation Studies. Graduates of our internationally recognised programmes are well prepared for the professional market, as well as for further research.

We are proud that the MA Translation programme has been selected to join the European Commission’s European Masters Network (EMT).

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: German and either English Language or English Literature.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent). 

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: 45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD.

Required Subjects: Please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C (4) (or equivalent).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: English and German with at least 7.5.

If you are not taking German please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent: Maths 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32. 

Required Subjects: English HL5/SL6 and German HL5/SL6.

If you are not taking German please contact us to discuss suitability.

GCSE or Equivalent:  Maths HL4/SL4 or Maths Studies HL4/SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: German and either English Language or English Literature.

GCSE or Equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Maths - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

Applicants taking an A-level science subject with the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass the practical element. 

Required Subjects: A-level German and either English Literature or English Language.

GCSE or Equivalent: GCSE English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 4 years QR32 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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The Full Surrey Award 2018 entry

The University will identify eligible students, so there is no application form for this scheme.

International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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