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University of Manchester

World Literatures

UCAS Code: Q203

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

AAA-AAB to include A in English Literature, or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies. We recognise that applicants often achieve higher than their predicted grades, so we will consider applicants who are predicted to achieve one grade below our standard offer of AAA. The standard offer will be made in all cases, unless the applicant is studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). These applicants will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer with the condition they must achieve a Grade A in the EPQ. Applicants who are eligible for a contextual offer will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer applicants. Applicants who are also studying the EPQ and achieve a Grade A will receive an offer two grades below the standard entry requirements. If your predicted grades are at the lower end of our advertised range and you are not studying the EPQ please contact the School to discuss your application as the School considers all applications holistically. Typical Contextual Offer: AAB to include Grade A in English Literature, or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies.

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

We require a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma (a minimum of 60 credits overall with at least 45 at Level 3), with merit or distinction in a subject area relevant to the chosen course. The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience We also require a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of these credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken. Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3,D3,D3 in the Pre-U and AAA at A level in three distinct subjects.

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account, should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course. For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C/4 in GCSE/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language. Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the academic School for clarification.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at grades AA, OR full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D* plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, A-level Grade A is required in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies).

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

D*D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

We require DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or other subject with an emphasis on literary studies), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require (in all cases, at least 3 Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject): AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA. AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone. The minimum requirement is 3 Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require (in all cases, at least 3 Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject): AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA. AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AB, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AB. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is 3 Advanced Highers, the grades of which will be the same as our stated A-level grades for the course in question. Any subjects (or other qualifications) required for A-level will also be required for the Advanced Highers, at the equivalent grade. All applicants must have achieved National 5 English at Grade B.

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this. The minimum grade required will normally be the same as the lowest grade listed in the A Level entry requirements. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

UCAS Tariff

136-144

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Comparative literary studies

Our BA World Literatures course gives you access to an immense range of texts - from ancient to contemporary literature, and from Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Europe.

Alongside English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, and from all periods from continental Europe, you can study post-colonial literatures, cultural theory, creative writing and film.

In Year 1, you'll sample a wide selection of literature and critical theory, and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skills on which you'll build in Years 2 and 3.

Three course units in World Literatures (60 credits) are mandatory in Year 1, along with 20 to 60 further credits from a range of literature options.

In Years 2 and 3, you will select courses from a range of options. There's a mandatory 40-credit thesis in the final year, on which you'll work closely with an academic supervisor to develop a topic of your choosing.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject alongside World Literatures. You can also apply to spend one or two semesters studying abroad during the second year of your degree.

**We aim to:**
- Encourage you to engage with a significant range of literary genres, as well as film, song, and other forms of expression from a wide range of cultures, nations and historical periods;

- Enable you to study texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and develop an appreciation of the specific conditions that affect the representation of ideas, beliefs and experiences;

- Help you appreciate how our own historical and cultural location affects our understanding of literature;

- Familiarise you with and enable you to apply traditional and modern theories of literary and cultural criticism;

- develop your powers of critical and analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the craft of writing and the relationships between different texts and genres;

- Encourage you to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word, and to carry this quality of response into future reading experiences;

- Develop your enthusiasm for literature and appreciation of its importance in the world, in earlier periods as well as the present day;

- Help you to foster sophisticated literacy skills and appropriate disciplinary forms of presentation and referencing;

- Enable you to develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral and written presentation;

- Encourage continuous, developing reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and the ability to make informed choices for future development;

- Develop your skills for employment and/or further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts;

- Sustain and enhance your knowledge and critical appreciation of literature and other cultural forms in preparation for postgraduate study or professional careers.

**Special Features**

**Study abroad**

You may apply to spend one or two semesters studying abroad during the second year of your degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore via the Worldwide Exchange scheme.

**Explore another subject**

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject alongside World Literatures.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University is committed to supporting students from low-income households through our financial support packages detailed below. Full-time UK students do not need to apply for Manchester’s bursaries separately but should ensure that they consent to share their financial details with the University when making an application to Student Finance England. http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/student-finance/2019/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Manchester

Department:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
low
Comparative literary studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
65%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

89%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
68%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in language and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
41%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Other elementary services occupations

Just over 150 students graduated with this type of degree in 2015, as it's a pretty specialised subject. Graduates were very likely to take their communication skills to the marketing and PR industry, and a lot of the jobs are in and around London, so if you want a job outside these areas then be aware that they might not necessarily be easy to come by.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Comparative literary studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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