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University of Kent

Comparative Literature

UCAS Code: Q200
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BA (Hons) 6 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Comparative literary studies
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£17k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Grades ABB required in three A levels.

Scottish Highers
AAABB

Grades AAABB from five higher subjects required

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

BTEC Diploma
MDD

BTEC Certificate
DD

Distinction distinction grades required. Additional qualifications equivalent to one A level also required.

BTEC Award
D

Distinction grade required. Additional qualifications equivalent to two A levels also required.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma
DD

Distinction distinction grades required. Additional qualifications equivalent to one A level also required.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
D

Distinction grade required. Additional qualifications equivalent to two A levels also required.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

Distinction distinction merit grades in BTEC required.

International Baccalaureate
34

34 overall OR 16 points at higher level INCLUDING English higher A1/A2/B at 4/5/5 or English standard A1/A2/B at 5/6/6.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Our modules in Comparative Literature cover literature from the classics to the modern age. We investigate literary movements, genres and themes. We offer modules on Classical Literature, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism and Postmodernism. Genres studied include the novel, the short story, science fiction, tragedy and the epic, with a particular emphasis on how literary forms have evolved in different cultures, and linguistic traditions. For example, what makes a tragedy by Sophocles so different from one written by Shakespeare? How has the genre of science fiction developed across Europe? What are the similarities and differences between a novel by Charlotte Brontë and one by Gustave Flaubert? Themes explored in our modules include freedom and oppression, film adaptations of literary works, gender and sexuality, travel, the body, childhood and adolescence, and vampires in literature and film. You do not need to be able to read a foreign language to take Comparative Literature.

Modules

Stage 1: The tale; 30 credits from: Atlantis; childhood and adolescence in prose fiction; classical mythology; classical tradition; fiction, truth and politics; introduction to contemporary European and Hispanic cinemas; introduction to literature and science; post-war European cinema; science fiction. Stage 2/3: the text; final year dissertation. Options: the book and the film; comedy and satire in Greece and Rome; dogs, devils and demons: Dante and Virgil; The European avant garde: from symbolism to modernism; fiction and power: 1917-1989; George Sand and the Brontes; the imagination: studies in culture and creativity; myth into tragedy; the 19th century historical novel; the novella: from Boccaccio to Saul Bellow; the picaresque; postmodernism; reason and passion in 18th century European fiction; religion and story; travel literature; women in modern drama.

University of Kent

Students relax

Kent provides a wealth of European and international opportunities for study, work and travel, a stimulating and effective learning community that focuses on the individual and excellent research-led teaching. The main Canterbury campus is built on 300 acres of park land half-an-hour's walk from the city centre, surrounded by green open spaces, fields and woods.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
28%
72%

Year 1

24%
76%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
13%
78%
9%

Year 1

86%
14%

Year 2

85%
15%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

79%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

66%

Feedback on work has been helpful

84%

Feedback on work has been prompt

80%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
24% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
78% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
340 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
89% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £17k LOW
Graduates who are media professionals

12%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just over 200 students graduated with this type of degree in 2012, as it's a pretty specialised subject. Graduates were very likely to get jobs in London or the home counties, so if you want a job outside these areas then be aware that they might not necessarily be easy to come by.
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