German and Music (with year abroad) King's College London, University of London

Undergraduate

Awarded by: King’s College London

German
Students can take this degree either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a specially designed ab initio language course.

Through our required language modules you will attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society. Our three-year language programme is designed to suit your level of language competence, and for the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Our curriculum reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. Our exceptionally wide range of optional modules covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

Music
Ranging from eleventh-century monastic culture to recent sound installations, from London to Paris, Vienna, Italy, the US, Turkey, India and Brazil, from Bach to the Beatles, from Jazz to Opera, from Musical Analysis to Advanced Performance and Free Composition, studying Music at King’s enables you to encounter the world of sound up close and as part of a network that stretches across the centuries and across the globe. Today, music is the most global of cultural expressions, and we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, including compositional creativity, close reading of scores, aural training, contemporary critical theory and historical scholarship, ethnographic and scientific studies.

Through first year required and optional modules, you will come to know and cherish music in all its fascinating forms, and will receive a broad-based foundation for later study. In the second year you will choose the types of modules that suit your interest, and this can include modules from outside the department. In the third year you can continue to pursue a broadly based degree or choose to study two or three fields in-depth.

There is plenty of opportunity at King’s or the Royal Academy of Music to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and to receive first-rate coaching. You will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the College Orchestra and to sing in the Departmental choir. Recitals take place throughout the year.

A particular strength of the Department is that we offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. In your first year you will study with an Academy postgraduate student. Depending on your performance level, you may be able to subsequently change to an Academy professor.

Teaching style
Modules are taught by our expert staff through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Our teaching style is interactive; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments. Both our departments attach great importance to the personal attention they give to each student.

Assessment
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.

Special notes
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin, Mannheim and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time with time abroad

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    16 September 2019

  • Duration

    4 years


Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Ab Initio German
  • Standard Language Pathway

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code RW23
Institution code K60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB German ab initio pathway: Either AAB at A-Level including Music, or AAB at A-Level in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
Standard pathway: Must include German and either Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar) in addition to three A-levels at AAB.
Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.
Access to HE Diploma D: 33 credits
M: 12 credits
P: 0 credits
German ab initio pathway: Either: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject) including study of Music at Level 3. Supplementary information and achievement e.g. marks for certain credits/subjects may be required depending on course content. Or: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject), in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examination or similar).
Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade B (or equivalent). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Scottish Higher AAB Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered.
German ab initio pathway must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar) in addition to D3 D3 M2.
Standard pathway must include German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points German ab initio pathway: Must include three Higher Level subjects at 665 including HL Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar) in addition to 665 at Higher Level.
Standard pathway: As above, but German is also required at HL with a grade of 5. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 German ab initio pathway: Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
Standard pathway: As above, but must also include German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher AB Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
German ab initio pathway: Must include Advanced Higher Music or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar) in addition to AB in Advanced Highers.
Standard Pathway: As above, but note that grade B required in Advanced Higher German. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Required subjects: Music (all applicants) and German (except for applicants for the ab initio pathway)
Preferred subjects: a language, History, Geography or English


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
Institution's Own Test Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7
PTE Academic 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT) 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills
Trinity ISE Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill

We also accept the English Language component of a number of International and European qualifications as meeting our English Language requirements. These can include GCSE English, the International Baccalaureate, the Abitur or the French Baccalaureat. For more details, please see our website. Please note that the course requirements are under Band B.

Band B

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/apply/entry-requirements/english-language.aspx


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For International fees, please visit our tuition fee pages for more information: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees.aspx All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 (this will be £5,000 for Medical and Dental programmes) against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.