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Royal Holloway, University of London

Translation Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture

UCAS Code: QQ92

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,B

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants. Required: One language at A level from French, German, Italian or Spanish

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

Access must be in a relevant subject area. We also require one language at A level from French, German, Italian or Spanish. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education.

Applicants with the Cambridge Pre-U are strongly encouraged to apply to Royal Holloway. Offers will be made on the basis of equivalent A-Level grades as can be found on the Royal Holloway website.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

We require at least five GCSEs at grade A*-C or 9 - 4 including English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

5,5,5 at Higher Level including Higher Level French, German, Italian or Spanish with 32 points overall

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H3,H3,H3

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including either French, German, Italian or Spanish

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

DD

BTEC must be in a relevant subject area and A-level grade B from French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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

D

Plus A-levels grades B,B including one from French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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

DDD

BTEC must be in a relevant subject with A-level grade B from French, German, Italian or Spanish.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B-B,B,B

Including either French, German, Italian or Spanish

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Including either French, German, Italian or Spanish

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate

UCAS Tariff

120-152

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Comparative literary studies

Translation studies

If you want to focus on gaining practical skills in translation alongside fluency in French, German, Italian or Spanish, as well as a globally-aware, creative, and critical mind-set, this specially designed three-year degree programme is for you.As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills, combining language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.As a student of Comparative Literature and Culture, you will encounter art and culture from across the world, and learn about ways of approaching cultural material arising from different contexts and periods.As a part of Royal Holloways close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London with its wealth of cultural resources.+ Whether you are an advanced or native-speaker level student when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in your chosen language, confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy.+ On graduation you will have learnt about theories and practices of translation and will have practised applying what you have learnt throughout your degree.+ You will combine ability in translation and linguistic competence with a global mind-set and an ability to think critically and creatively about cultural products.+ Our research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).

Modules

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/mllc/translation-studies-and-comparative-literature-and-culture.aspx

Assessment methods

The course has a modular structure. Some modules are compulsory while others are optional, thereby offering flexibility and choice. You will take a core module in translation theory and weekly practicals

Modules are assessed using a varied range of methods such as coursework and end of year examinations. You produce coursework such as essays, language exercises, translations, or reports at regular intervals and the marks you receive for these pieces of work count towards your final mark. We also use oral presentations and computer-based tests to assess grammar and comprehension skills in some course units. You can, to some extent, choose modules which suit your own assessment preferences.

The first year is foundational and marks do not count towards your final degree. The subsequent years do count, with more importance being given to the final year marks in order to reward progress and achievement.

Final-year students will produce a translation of a text of their choice together with a critical discussion of the theories and strategies deployed; individual tutorials are offered for these students. You will also have the option of writing a dissertation.

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
£16,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/studyhere/undergraduate/feesandfunding/bursariesandscholarships/home.aspx

The Uni


Course location:

Royal Holloway, University of London

Department:

Modern Languages, Literatures 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.

78%
med
Comparative literary studies
78%
med
Translation 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

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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
79%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
17%
Male students
83%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
8%
Administrative occupations: records
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

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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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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