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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R220
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

  • Two  language modules
  • One Language Awareness module
  • Three content modules
  • Two additional modules in another subject

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Beginners' German 1 (GRMN101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims1.      Develop a very basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German.2.      Provide students with an understanding of very basic structures of German grammar.3.      Provide an introduction to the culture and society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.4.      Develop some intercultural understanding.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    Apply basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the A1 level in German in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of German.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the countries in which German is spoken.

  • Beginners' German 2 (GRMN102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims1.      Develop a basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German.2.      Provide students with an understanding of elementary German grammar.3.      Develop some understanding of the culture and society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.4.      Develop some intercultural understanding.
    Learning Outcomes

    Apply elementary reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in line with the A2 level in German in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the elementary structures of German.

    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the cultures of the countries in which German is spoken.

  • Modern German Language I (GRMN121)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To introduce students to authentic newspapers and thus provide students with good competence in reading longer texts.​

  • ​To provide students with a sound understanding of the German grammar.

  • To develop students'' language learning strategy and use reflective approach towards language learning.​

  • To provide students with skills in a variety of genres.​

  • To provide facilities for enhancing and improving listening skills of authentic and graded material.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Ability to use authentic online resources to find, read and understand authentic texts.

    ​Ability to use correct grammar on a higher level.

    Ability to study independently and to use language learning techniques independently and thus manage time.

    Ability to produce short texts in ​various genres such as an e-mail, blog and a text for tourism purposes.

    Ability to understand a greater variety of audio and video texts of various lengths, and also practice listening skills in their own time.​

  • Modern German Language II (GRMN122)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To provide students with good competence in reading including a novel in German or business related material.

  • ​To develop further skills in grammar building on semester 1 grammar topics.

  • To help achieve a good level in oral expression.​

  • To write in a variety of genres.

  • To improve listening to both authentic and graded materials even further.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Ability to feel confident reading larger texts including novels and specific language, such as business German.

    Ability to build on grammar skills and practice also the future tense, comparative, superlative, modal verbs etc.

    ​Apply oral skills in class and in the reading or business project.

    ​Apply genres such as writing a story, a letter to the editor, a portrait of a famous person and a summary.

    Confidence in listening to longer audios and videos.

  • Introduction to German Studies I (GRMN127)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    • To introduce students to a range of key political events/developments in contemporary German history and to the historical development of the German language
    • ​To assist students in learning how to engage in the study and critical discussion of a range of primary and secondary historical, political, journalistic and linguistic texts in German and in English.
    • ​To teach students completing a comprehension task and writing commentaries and employing the correct forms of bibliographical citation.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students will have a good overview of political debates in post-1945 Germany, and the development of the German language.

    ​Students will be able to understand and critically discuss a range of primary and secondary materials and deploy the terms used by academics to describe key concepts in the areas studied. 

    ​​Students will be able to write critical commentaries on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will have learned to find and use appropriate materials using library and IT resources and glean data from secondary works. They will be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

  • Introduction to German Studies II (GRMN128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To provide students with an understanding of the language and conventions of German short stories, Franz Kafka''s The Metamorphosis as well as German film.

  • ​To teach students how to engage in the study and critical discussion of German literature and German film as well as related academic secondary sources.  

  • ​To teach students writing commentaries, literary reviews, essays and employ the correct forms of bibliographical citation. 

  • Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students will have developed a detailed understanding of the literary genre of the German short story, of Kafka''s The Metamorphosis and of 3 important German films.

    ​Students will be able to watch critically / read critically both primary literature/films in German at an appropriate level and more extended passages of secondary literature in English. They will be able to critically engage in a discussion of the materials studied in class.

    ​Students will be able to write critical commentaries, essays and literary reviews on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will further consolidate their knowledge about finding and using appropriate materials from secondary sources. They will further consolidate their knowledge about the conventions of bibliographic citation.

  • Language Awareness (MODL105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language.

  • ​Introduce students to key concepts of linguistics.

  • Enhance students'' skills of critical ​analysis of language, including hypothesis testing and rule formation.

  • ​Develop students'' understanding of similarities and differences between human languages.

  • ​Develop students'' awareness of and explicit knowledge about language learning that will help them become more efficient language learners.

  • Learning Outcomes

    Manage language learning processes more efficiently.

    ​Understand key aspects of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics which are relevant for language learners.

    ​Talk about and describe language using the correct terminology. 

    ​Reflect critically on selected language-related issues.

    ​Relate knowledge about text features to the translation of text.

    ​Communicate more efficiently in the first and foreign language.

Programme Year Two

  • Two language modules
  • Six optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Culture in the Weimar Republic
  • Culture and politics in the German Democratic Republic
  • Propaganda and censorship 
  • German cinema from Expressionism to the present
  • The linguistic landscape
  • Volunteering and experience

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Ab-initio German Language III (GRMN201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • Provide students with good competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

  • Provide students with a sound understanding of grammar.​

  • Provide students with cultural aspects and awareness of Austria and Switzerland​

  • Provide students with research skills.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Apply good listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.

    Good use of grammar​

    Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of​ Austria and Switzerland.

    Demonstrate research skills and outcomes.​

  • Ab-initio German Language IV (GRMN202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
  • To provides students developing their develop skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking German to a foundational level.

  • To provide information about Germany and their year abroad.

  • To develop students'' research skills.

  • To develop students'' presentation skills.

  • To develop students'' awareness of German grammar​

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate the ability apply good skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    ​Ability to apply knowledge on German speaking countries and dealing with officialdom.

    Ability to apply research skills

    Ability to apply presentation skills​

    ​Ability to apply correct use of grammar​

  • Modern German Language III (GRMN221)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • This module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German to an advanced level, also in a business context, and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German.
    • ​To provide students with grammar skills.
    • To provide students with basic skills in translation techniques.
    • To provide students with presentation techniques.​
    • To provide students with research skills in the target language.​
    • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their Year Abroad with confidence and to make the experience a success.​
    • To equip students for a work environment in German and practice business-related German language skills.​
    Learning OutcomesStudents will demonstrate high degree of comprehension of authentic material in German in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

    Ability to apply high standard grammar in written and spoken German.

    Ability to apply basic skills in translation techniques

    Students will demonstrate confidence in presentation skills.​

    Ability to apply research skills​

    Demonstrate confidence in dealing with situations during their year abroad.​

    Ability to apply business-related German language skills​

  • Modern German Language IV (GRMN222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims
    • This module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German to intermediate level, and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German.
    • To develop students'' translation techniques and enhance their knowledge of grammar.
    • To develop students'' research skills in the target language.​
    • To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their Year Abroad with confidence and to make the experience a success, whether they go on a work placement, on a teaching experience or as an Erasmus studdent.​
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module, students should expect to have improved their ability to read extended texts in everyday German (such as newspaper articles) with a high degree of comprehension, to recognise and deploy a wide range of syntactical strategies current in everyday German, to make accurate use of relatively advanced grammatical constructions (such as the subjunctive I, indirect speech, participial phrases, nominalisation, verbalisation), to produce longer pieces of discursive writing in German in different genres (essay, formal letter, business letter, formal e-mail).

    ​Ability to conduct research and produce a 1000 words essay in the target language.

    Ability to demonstrate knowledge of German (Landeskunde) and of some of the social issues of current concern in the German society, apply business-related language and be prepared for the year abroad. ​

    Demonstrate a general awareness of translation issues in addition to using translation as a language exercise to improve text comprehension, grammar and vocabulary in context.

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Culture in the Weimar Republic (GRMN218)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of cultural artefacts from the Weimar Republic. Students are enabled to situate the texts and films in historical context, paying particular attention to two major developments in the twentieth century: the growth of the modern metropolis (especially Berlin) and changing concepts of gender - masculinity and femininity - in the wake of the First World War. 

    To introduce students to concepts of literary and film analysis as well as critical theory relevant to the themes of the texts (the city, class and gender identity).

    To develop students'' critical writing skills in two different tasks - commentaries and an essay - and will acquire further competence in online tasks.

     

     

    Learning OutcomesStudents will demonstrate an awareness of the cultural output and historical and political context of Weimar Republic-era Germany, with particular focus on the theme of the city and on notions of class and gender.

    ​Students will further develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to situate texts and concepts in their historical context.

    ​Students will be able to evaluate a range of textual and critical evidence, to assess their relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

    ​Through close readings of selected primary material, students will develop their awareness of language and literary strategies, and an awareness of historical film techniques and the form of critical film analysis.

  • School of Histories, Languages and Cultures Volunteering and Experience Module 1 (HLAC211)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    ​1. To develop materials and/or undertake tasks within a practical or vocational context

    2. To apply within that context pedagogical and other theoretical or practical knowledge relevant to the development and delivery of those materials and/or tasks.

    3. To apply academic and/or theoretical knowledge within a practical context and to reflect and report on the relationship between the two.

    4. To develop and identify a range of personal/employability skills and to reflect and report on this.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students should be able to demonstrate an ability to develop materials and/or undertake tasks according to a given specification and requirement, within a practical or vocational context.

    ​Students should be able to reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials developed and/or the tasks undertaken.

    ​Students should be able to identify the connection between academic and/or theoretical knowledge and its practical or vocational application.

    ​Students should be able to identify, reflect and report on a range of personal/employability skills.

  • German Cinema From the Expressionism to the Present (FILM205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    1.    To introduce students to the history of German national cinema from its origins to the present day with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, the Third Reich, post-war film, the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, and contemporary film.2.    To introduce students to the work of key German directors including F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders.​ 3.    To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production. 4.    To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system/‘Autorenkino’) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will understand the emergence and development of German national cinema from its origins until the present.

    Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of academic debates about major periods or movements in German film – Weimar film and ‘Expressionism’, the Third Reich, post-war cinema, the New German Cinema and post-unification cinema – and of current academic debates about them.​

    Students will develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to evaluate a variety of film materials from a range of different periods and styles.​

    Students will be able to evaluate a range of other varieties of textual and historical evidence, to assess its relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence. ​

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into theinteraction of film and political authority, the structures which theauthorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and theways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulatedor occasionally feared to the point of suppression.

    To examine specific films,scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of theinteraction of film and political and/or other authority.

    To introduce students totheoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain a differentiatedunderstanding of the way in which political and other authorities have soughtto control, harness and curb the power of film in different historicalsituations. 

    Students will gain an awareness offilm’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose ofand limits on film production in Europe.

    Students will develop an alertness tothe ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a criticalattitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects offilm on its audience.

    Students will develop an ability touse different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticatedargument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach areasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires inthe formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.​

  • The Linguistic Landscape (MODL222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within Linguistic Landscape studies

  • ​To develop students'' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a close linguistic and semiotic analysis of the public space.

  • ​To enhance students'' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

  • Learning OutcomesShow an understanding of semiotics, in order to be able to ‘read’ languages as they appear in the public space as well as analyse signs in urban and rural environments

    Students will be able to create their own wiki, analysing a sign/signs

    Students will be able to plan, undertake and submit their own original research project into an aspect of the linguistic landscape, as identified by the student, with guidance from the tutors

Programme Year Three

Year abroad

  • Extended essay or portfolio written in German; or accredited ERASMUS modules

Programme Year Four

  • Two language modules
  • Two applied language modules
  • Four optional modules

Examples of optional modules include:

  • Advanced translation
  • Language and Society
  • Fairytales and fear: the literature of the fantastic
  • German Cinema since 1990
  • Mediterranean connections
  • Terror Remembered: Post Dictatorship Representation in Latin America and Europe
  • Translation dissertation

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Modern German Language V (GRMN321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims
    • To equip final year students with sophisticated expressive skills in the area of formal text production on an advanced level in a variety of genres (Textsorten).
    • ​To provide translations skills in different styles, registers and genres, mainly from German into English, but also from English into German
    • To develop grammar skills to an advanced level ​
    • To develop advanced listening skills​
    • To develop speaking and presentation skills through specific student-led oral classes​
    • Reading, analyzing and comparing two German books.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students completing this module will have gained skills to read, understand and write texts in a variety of genres.

    ​Ability to apply ​translation skills in a variety of genres

    Students will demonstrate listening comprehension of a high level of authentic material

    ​Demonstrate speaking skills on a number of topics and in a situation of a job interview

    ​Demonstrate confidence in presentation skills

    Demonstrate a high level in the use of accurate grammar ​

    Demonstrate comprehension of German literature and expression and analytical skills​

  • German Language VI (GRMN322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    Sophisticated expressive skills in the area of formal text production on an advanced level in a variety of genres (Textsorten).

    Learning Outcomes

    The skills to read, understand and write texts in a variety of genres  of a high level on authentic material

    ​Ability to comprehend advanced German texts and audios and be able to demonstrate this understanding by interpreting them in responding to detailed questions on their lexical, idiomatic and grammatical features skills in a variety of genres

    Apply speaking skills on a number of topics, converse fluently, practice pronunciation​

    Researching and presenting news​

    Use of a high level of grammar​

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Advanced Translation (MODL311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
  • ​To develop an understanding of theoretical issues of translation and to apply these in analysing existing texts as well as in making translation choices.

  • To gain insight into the professional practice of translation.​

  • To further develop advanced language​ skills in both English and the target language(s).

  • To be able to identify aspects of register, style and complex linguistic structures and to render these appropriately into English.​

  • To be able to translate a range of texts at a high level of proficiency and to select a suitable text for translation.​

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translating at a high level.

    Students will be able to translate a range of texts into appropriate English.​

    Students will have acquired the comprehension and linguistic skills to understand and analyse complex texts in both their target language(s) and English.​

  • Fairytales and Fear: the Fantastic in Literature (GRMN316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    AimsThis module seeks to introduce students to the genre of the fantastic in German literature, focusing on two areas: fairytales in the Grimm’s Märchen and contemporary Romanticism (Tieck, Hoffmann), and poetic as well as psychological realism (Schnitzler, Storm).   It will familiarise students with key theories of the genre, with a particular emphasis on Todorov’s theory of the fantastic, and Freud’s reading of Der Sandmann and develop students’ skills in textual interpretation through close reading.

     

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Students will demonstrate an understanding of the literary genre of the fantastic and the psychological notion of the uncanny.

    Students will have enhanced their critical reading skills of narrative prose from a range of historical periods, and of theoretical texts and secondary literature.

    Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to literary texts and assess the merits of competing interpretations.

  • The German Cinema Since 1990 (FILM330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

     

    1.    To provide students with a detailed knowledge of the German cinema since 1990 and its social and institutional context. 2.    To sensitise students to debates about the return of popular-genre and star-led cinema in the German film industry since 1990 and the rise of so-called ''heritage'' cinema.​3.    To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production. 4.    To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.​
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain an understanding of the ongoing development of film within the social, institutional and commercial context of the German film industry of the 1990s.

    Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the critical debates surrounding the return of genre cinema and popular film-making in the German film industry in the 1990s and they will be able to relate these to debates about German film-making before 1990. ​

    Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the work of some of the most important film directors to have emerged in since 1990 and the relation of their work to traditions of German film-making and international trends

    Students will demonstrate a critical grasp of a range of visual, textual and other historical material, an ability to extract and synthesise information and to express arguments cogently in writing. ​

  • Mediterranean Connections (MODL320)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    ·        Tointroduce students to a rangeof cultural, hisorical and linguistic issues that represent the Mediterranean as a connecting and transpolitical space.

    ·        To provide students with anoverview of the history of the Mediterranean,from the Middle Ages to the present.​

    ·        ​To enable students to develop acomparative sensibility to the material under consideration, coveringtopics such as immigration, identity and the fluidity of geopolitical space.

    Learning OutcomesRead unfamiliar and challenging literary texts,showing specific knowledge about the contexts in which those texts wereproduced (considering in particular issues of identity, ethnicity, colonialism,historical migratory movements

    Appreciate thediversity of literary material that represents the Mediterraneanand the cultures connected by it, by considering approaches from a variety ofhistorical and linguistic contexts

       

    Evaluate critical approaches to representations of the Mediterranean as a connecting space, and select those likely to be pertinent and fruitful, explaining and defending choices when asked to do so either by other students or the module tutors


    ​Understand anddiscuss critically the societies, cultures and historical contexts from whichthe prescribed texts emerge and to which their authors belong


    Contribute to and(where appropriate) lead tutorial discussion, analysing in significant detailliterary texts with regard to their broad themes, and literary, socio-culturaland historical context


    Detect affinitiesbetween the prescribed texts by analysing common themes whilst makingcross-comparisons between authors and contexts


    Complete coherent,focused and structured assignments on topics related to the set texts

           

    Make competent useof secondary literature and achieve the proper integration of such materialinto an original argument

    Demonstrate anawareness of the intercultural sensitivity required for a successfulunderstanding of the material and themes under consideration

  • Terror Remembered: Representing Traumatic Histories in Latin America, Europe and China (MODL304)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims
    1. To introduce students to approaches to memory and to a body of textual, visual, material representation of terror that has become a key focus for critical analysis in recent cultural studies  ·  To provide a context in which students can engage in systematic comparisons between European, Latin American and East Asian experiences and representations of social and political trauma ​ ·  To provoke students to reflect systematically on the political and ethical implications of literary, material and cinematic representation of traumatic histories
    Learning Outcomesa basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution  a detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European and Chinese cultural discourse familiarity with the terms and methods used in the critical analysis of literary, visual and heritage practice and in particular with the terms of critical debate about the ethics and aesthetics of representing political violence and genocide

    the ability to apply comparative analysis to the understanding of local and individual events, texts and artefacts​

    For students of a modern foreign language: enhanced ability to use their skills for reading and analysing a range of complex texts in the target language.​

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails and great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work.

In language classes, we make every effort to ensure that we have a small number of students compared to competitor institutions, which means that academic staff are able to support students to achieve their full potential. All language modules involve continuous assessment such as oral presentations, listening tests and grammar tests as well as exams. Tuition takes place in small groups with first-language speakers playing a prominent part and includes a range of skills such as listening, writing, speaking, interpreting and translation.

Students are also expected to make regular use of our fully-refurbished Language Lounge to enhance their own study. We encourage our students to become independent learners, and support them through our dedicated library resources in the Sydney Jones Library which is open 24-hour in term time. We also make extensive use of our virtual learning environment VITAL where students can complete structured tasks outside the classroom.


Assessment

Performance throughout the year is carefully monitored and used to supplement examinations. For language, such a programme of continuous assessment involves evaluating performance in a variety of written and oral exercises. Other modules have a mix of essay and exam assessment. Our aim is always to assess by methods of evaluation appropriate to the skills being developed and to allow students to gain credit for good work done during the year.

Exams take place at two points in the academic year: at the end of Semester One in January and at the end of the session in May, so that the workload is evenly distributed. As regards the final degree result, for language programmes, the second year’s work counts for 20%, the work done during the Year Abroad (foreign exams or extended essay or portfolio) counts for another 10%, and the final year’s work counts for 70%.