English Literature and German BA (Hons) – 2019 entry
Why choose this course
We’re one of the UK's leading universities for English literature and German, with our courses ranked in the UK top five of the ‘Modern languages and linguistics’ category of the Guardian University Guide 2018. Our English literature courses are also ranked in the top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
We have an excellent reputation for challenging, innovative, forward-thinking teaching and research. Our BA English Literature and German course is innovative and interdisciplinary, allowing you to develop a high level of literary, linguistic and cultural competence.
What you will study
The English literature part of this course covers a range of literary themes, genres and theories, while the foreign language component is taught almost exclusively in German, giving you high-level language training.
You’ll 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 course complement one another and enhance your learning, giving you unique insights into language, literature and culture.
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|BA (Hons)||48 months||QR32||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
English Literature and German placements
We believe that the development of academic knowledge should be coupled with strong and continuous professional training so that you graduate with a wider range of skills that will make you more employable. Our Professional Training placement scheme is one of the reasons for our very high employment rates.
Professional Training is compulsory, whether you take it in a work placement or a study period abroad. We recognise its essential role in our degrees by awarding 120 credits for placements, 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’ll have 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 your second year, you’ll 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
Your 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.
Some examples of organisations that have participated in this scheme include:
- NBC Universal
- Toyota (PR and Press Communications)
- InterNations GmbH
- UBS Investment Bank
- Fork Unstable Media
- British Council.
If you decide to do a study exchange, you’ll be able to choose from a number of partner universities in Europe with which we have Erasmus+ bilateral agreements.
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’ll ask you to update your CV, write a placement report and give a presentation to first and second-year students about your experience.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Our graduates are exceptionally employable 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.
We emphasise transferable skills such as presentation and research techniques, and communication across linguistic and cultural boundaries, which ensures that our graduates meet the expectations of prospective employers.
Language graduates from the University of Surrey have gone into a wide range of careers. Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Sales and Marketing Executive, Palgrave Higher Education/Macmillan Education
- Quality Manager, Transperfect
- Internal Account Manager, Gamma Telecom
- Personal Assistant, Ministry of Defence
- Junior Account Executive, Livewire Public Relations
- Commercial Graduate, Coca Cola
- Copywriter, Tesco MPC.
Many of our students go on to further study across Europe. Examples include:
- MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
- École supérieure de commerce de Paris (ESCPEAP), Madrid/Berlin
- MBA European Business, University of Reutlingen, Germany
- MBA International Marketing, Sorbonne, Paris
- MA European Studies, Cambridge/Sorbonne
- Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- Certificat d’aptitude pour l’enseignement secondaire (CAPE).
The School of Literature and Languages 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 our MA Translation course has been selected to join the European Commission’s European Masters Network (EMT).
Study and work abroad
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. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.
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 hours a day, six days a week, as well as during most of Sunday during semester time. 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, watch online, live satellite TV from five countries, or choose a foreign film from our world cinema collection.
The Global Graduate Award in Languages
This course 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 choose a language module in each year of your undergraduate studies.
We offer 10 languages at different levels:
- Mandarin Chinese
- English (Advanced)
Our language teaching is communicative and student-centred. We put special emphasis on listening and speaking skills, and the programme materials are authentic and related to real-life situations. We have a team of about 30 dedicated and experienced tutors, all of which are native speakers or of native-speaker qualification.
This programme comprises one two-hour session a week for 19 weeks over two semesters.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
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.
Optional modules for Year 2 - FHEQ Level 5
Students choose four of the listed optional modules (two in English and two in Languages).
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
The student must choose either ELI3033, ELI3034 or GER3024. If the student chooses ELI3033 or ELI3034, s/he must choose 5 of the listed optional modules, maintaining a balance between the two languages. If the student chooses GER3024, s/he must choose 6 of the listed optional modules, maintaining a balance between the two languages.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
This course is taught by academic staff from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
PALMER BL Dr (Lit & Langs)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
Personal/professional development and employability.
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. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
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 modules section for more information.
Policies and regulations
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Student Personal Learning and Study Hub
SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.
The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
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.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
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