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    7 (English)
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    / 100
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    BA (Hons)

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Course Summary

On this course you explore two great literary traditions, as well as developing a high level of expertise in the German language and the cultures in which it is central.You will be studying in two departments (English Literature, and Modern Languages and European Studies) who collaborate with each other extensively. English Literature was one of the first university departments in the UK to study America and Canadian authors like Margaret Atwood, and we continue this tradition with a curriculum that includes the best of contemporary writing from Britain, America and the Caribbean.Become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken German. Our small language classes, led by native speakers, support you to develop your language skills to the best of your ability. German studies offers you a life-changing experience that opens doors and prepares you for your future. We provide accelerated learning in German, meaning that you can start 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 by the final year.This course provides you with the opportunity to explore the culture, history, film, literature and politics of this fascinating country. You will gain a deep understanding of, among other things, the profound impact of the unification of East and West Germany. Our English Literature modules will enable you to examine in greater detail authors and genres that you already know (from tragedy to Gothic, from Shakespeare and Dickens to Plath and Beckett), but also introduce you to aspects of literary studies that you may not know so well, from children’s literature to publishing studies and the history of the book. Our academics have published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction, and they will help you to develop your own literary interests. In both subjects you will spend a considerable amount of your teaching time in small seminar groups. This enables you to interact directly with our experts and other students, and add your own voice to discussions. It especially benefits you in German, where regularly practicing your spoken language is vital to gain confidence An integral part of the course is the opportunity for you to spend up to a year in Germany or Austria and immerse yourself in the culture and language. You could study at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme or undertake a work placement. A core language module in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad.Throughout your degree you will be thinking about career choices and we can help you put in place the skills and experience that you need to launch that career. Our innovative placement scheme gives you the chance to undertake an academic placement in commerce, industry or the arts.**Careers**Your ability on graduation to write and speak confidently in German will be an immensely useful skill, and one which will distinguish you from non-language graduates. 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).Our graduates have an excellent record of gaining employment or progressing to further study. Many go on to put their linguistic skills to practical use by working for companies with a German connection. Recent graduates have been recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC. The skills in researching a problem, managing documentation, and communicating ideas clear and persuasive that you gain on this degree prepare you for careers in government, business and administration, and i

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Grades / Points



A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

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£9,250 per year

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The University of Reading is one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and is ranked 205 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020). It has over 150 years of history, with origins as a University of Oxford extension college.


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