What careers would include math and English



Key data

Bachelor of Arts
Type of school:
Gymnasium and comprehensive school
Start of studies:
Winter semester
Normal period:
6 semesters
ECTS points:
180More information

What do you mean with that?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload during the course. The teaching-related bachelor's degree comprises a total of 180 ECTS (credit points), which are divided between the two subjects, the educational studies and the bachelor's thesis.

German and English

entry requirements

  • Abitur or an equivalent HZBMore information

    What do you mean with that?

    General university entrance qualification (Abitur), subject-specific university entrance qualification or a university entrance qualification recognized as equivalent (HZB).

  • Language skills in German and EnglishMore information

    What do you mean with that?

    To enroll in this course, you must prove that you have knowledge of all the languages ​​of instruction. The examination regulations regulate the details.

Admission for freshmen

NC for winter semester 2021

Admission to higher semesters

NC 2.-4. Semester
from semester 5

Enrollment requirements

  • SelfAssessmentMore information

    Self Assessment

    The RWTH Self Assessments are online advisory procedures to help you decide on your degree. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self-assessments is compulsory. You can read which Self Assessment has to be completed for this subject in the course description under "Requirements". To enroll (not already for the application), proof of participation in the subject-specific self-assessment must be provided. You can print out the certificate of attendance yourself.

Language requirements

  • see course description

Dates and deadlines

The focus of the subject is not the acquisition and application of the foreign language - rather good English skills are required and deepened in practical language exercises - but linguistics and literary studies.

Linguistics deals with the structure and function of language, especially the English language, with linguistic theories, with language development and language acquisition as well as with computational linguistics.

In literary studies, primary texts from different genres and periods of American and English literature are analyzed using theories and models and viewed in their contexts. Other areas of the subject are cultural studies and English subject didactics, which deal with the basics of teaching English as a foreign language and with theories of teaching design.

As in school lessons, you should enjoy reading and critical discussion for your studies, but you also need to be willing to deal with difficult theoretical texts and to write longer own texts in the form of homework and homework.

Course of studies

Three basic modules, which introduce the fundamentals of linguistics and literary studies and language practice, are followed by three advanced modules that deepen the basic knowledge in sample areas, as well as two independent modules on cultural studies and subject didactics.

stay abroad

The study of English as a subject includes a stay abroad of at least three months in an English-speaking country. Proof of this stay abroad must be submitted before the certificate is issued. The details regarding the stay abroad can be clarified with the academic advisory service. If you want to get an overview of all RWTH exchange programs, the MoveON database will help you - international exchange opportunities.

Possible combinations

Biology, chemistry, German, English, history, computer science, Catholic religious studies, mathematics, physics, technology. All subjects can be combined with each other - but not computer science and technology. Course model of teaching at grammar schools and comprehensive schools

Decision support

Should I become a teacher, do I want to work as a teacher? If you are preoccupied with this question, there are some things you can do to explore yourself:

RWTH Self-Assessment "Teaching Degree"
All about teacher training
Carrer Counseling for Teachers
Fit for the teaching profession


personal requirements

First-year students should love the English language, enjoy reading and read a lot, be willing to grapple with theories and models, enjoy traveling abroad (especially in English-speaking countries) and already have a good command of English.

Enrollment requirement

The RWTH Self Assessment "Teaching Degree". The certificate of attendance does not have to be presented until you enroll, not when you apply.

Language requirements

Most of the studies are held in English. Therefore, when enrolling, proof of proficiency in the language at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference, or CEFR for short, must be demonstrated. This evidence can be provided, for example, by submitting a German Abitur certificate. This must show that English was taken as a basic or advanced course up to the end of qualification level 1, i.e. grade 11 with the G8 Abitur, otherwise grade 12, and was completed with at least sufficient performance.

Career prospects

Information from the NRW Ministry of Education on employment opportunities in the various teaching posts until 2039/40 can be found in the brochure Forecasts on the Teacher Labor Market in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Master's Perspectives

After successfully completing the bachelor's degree, you can continue with the Master of Education (4 semesters). With this qualification you have access to the preparatory service (for your orientation: in the past this phase of the training was called "clerkship".)

Since your bachelor's degree is polyvalent (i.e. leaves several further training options open), you can also take advantage of other master’s courses depending on your combination of subjects. The responsible examination boards will decide whether your qualification profile allows you to enter a master’s degree without reference to teaching.

Examination regulations

Examination regulations regulate study objectives, study requirements, course of study and exams. In its appendix, it contains the description of the modules that make up the course.

General provisions: General examination regulations for the bachelor's degree in teaching at grammar schools and comprehensive schools as well as teaching at vocational colleges

Special provisions: Subject-specific examination regulations (the current version applies to first-year students)


The English subject is offered by the Philosophical Faculty.

Information before starting your studies

International prospective students