English Language and German Studies

BA Hons

  • UCAS code QR32
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

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    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 4

    4th for Italian

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

  • 9

    9th for French and German

    The Complete University Guide (2024)

Why Lancaster?

  • Be inspired by our top academics as you study both English and German in a global context, based in one of the best linguistics and English language departments in the world
  • Immerse yourself in the German language and culture with a year abroad either studying at one of Lancaster’s prestigious partner universities, or on a work placement with a school, college, company or charity
  • Impress employers by combining your fluency in German with your knowledge about communication and the nuances of language use in a variety of settings
  • Experiment in our eye-tracking and EEG labs, Phonetics Lab, Perception and Learning Laboratory
  • Visit our modern language resource centre to access online resources, immerse yourself in its book collection, study with fellow students and watch foreign language films
  • Enjoy our varied programme of events including language lunch clubs - you could even try international karaoke!

How does language work? How does it express our identity? Taking this joint programme will not only improve your fluency in German but will also enable you to explore fascinating aspects of language study such as conversation analysis and corporate communication.

So much more than grammar!

In our four-year programme, you’ll drill down into how the English language functions. You’ll cover a wide range of traditional topics from grammar and phonetics to accents and dialects. But you’ll also discover how new TV genres come about or how jokes are constructed.

On the German side, we’ll help you consolidate and improve your language skills. The course has a strong language focus but also explores the history, culture and politics of all German-speaking countries to give you a well-rounded view.

You will have access to core and comparative modules in areas such as science futures and climate change from a German-speaking perspective with reference to a range of cultural texts.

You can find some examples of optional modules in the Course Structure section below.

Fast track your language skills

It’s not essential to have studied German before. As long as you’ve demonstrated some aptitude for foreign languages at GCSE, you can take our intensive beginner’s course and ramp up your ability.

There’s also the flexibility to choose a third subject as a minor in your first year - either another modern foreign language or another subject.

As we follow the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you’ll reach an internationally recognised standard of proficiency by the time you graduate. Of course, your year abroad is the opportunity to become more confident and more fluent.

Beginners Languages

Studying a language from beginners level is somewhat intense in nature so we only allow students to study one language from beginners level. Please bear this in mind when looking at our first year module options. If you apply to study a degree with a language from beginners level, your optional modules will only include higher level languages and modules in other subject areas.

Careers

Alongside improving your linguistic ability, our joint English Language and German Studies degree will equip you with important transferable skills, such as being able to analyse data, evaluate evidence and present an argument.

Employers will value your ability to communicate effectively and establish rapport with others in the workplace.

Some of the careers our graduates have gone on to include:

  • Journalism, media and publishing
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Translation
  • Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a Foreign Language abroad)
  • Speech technology
  • Public relations
  • Management

We also have a strong track record in postgraduate research so a number of students choose to continue their studies with us after graduating.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level German, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A in a foreign language. Native German speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction accepted alongside appropriate evidence of language ability

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual Offers

Our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of applicants whose personal circumstances may have impacted their exam results.

Contextual offers

Course structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Core

Optional

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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

Home International
£9,250 £23,750

Fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.

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