The nature of this combined degree will particularly suit students looking to become proficient in German in addition to gaining a strong grounding in all aspects of accounting, business and management. A year abroad is included; this can be spent at either a German or Austrian University or on placement with a firm and presents a real opportunity to put your language skills into play. **Why study this course?** Gain a strong grounding in the main areas of business and develop your written and spoken German skills. Through this course you will master the fundamentals of the language and can expect to become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken German. Our small language classes, led by native speakers, and direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability. The course content focuses on modern Germany, including current developments in German society. You will study of a wide range of topics in history, film, literature and linguistics and gain a deep understanding of German culture, including the profound impact of the unification of East and West Germany in 1989. The management component of the course is provided by Henley Business School, which is part of an elite group of business schools - the top 1% in the world – to be triple-accredited for the quality and capability of our faculty and output. **After the course** By the time you graduate, you can expect to be able to write and speak fluently in German – a big advantage given the current shortage of well-qualified linguists in the UK. The experience of studying or working abroad also distinguishes you from non-language graduates, providing evidence of self-reliance, adaptability and enterprise. The course also provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working, which will prove useful in a wide range of careers. 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. However, prospects extend well beyond translating and interpreting. Recent Reading graduates have been recruited by employers such as Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, Dow Jones and PwC.