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University of Manchester

English Literature and History

UCAS Code: QV31

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

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A-A,A,A

A*AA-AAA, to include both History and English Literature; the A* must be in one or other of those subjects (English Language and Literature will be also accepted in lieu of English Literature, but we will not accept English Language alone). General Studies is welcomed but will not form part of the offer. General Studies is welcomed but will not form part of the offer. A-level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application. Typical contextual offer: Grades AAA, to include both History and English Literature (English Language and Literature will also be accepted in lieu of English Literature, but we will not accept English Language alone). General Studies is welcomed but will not form part of the offer. For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/ 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 xxx (insert standard offer A level grades). 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.

Access to HE Diploma

D:45

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3.  Applicants must also have EITHER GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), OR must demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits each in English and Maths.  We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis. Please read the A-level entry requirements for this programme and then look at the relevant set of Access requirements: For programmes requiring A*AA and AAA: a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of these credits must be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels. If you are applying to a programme involving History: all Access applicants will be required to produce a piece of written work, for assessment by the Admissions Tutor. Once you have applied, the Admissions Administrator will contact you with a list of topics/questions. You will be asked to choose one and produce a piece (1500 words) on that subject, for submission by the deadline given by the Administrator.

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. Please note our A-level requirements for grades and any subject requirements for this programme.  Pre-U equivalencies will be: AAA at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3 in the Pre-U certificates and Grade A 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. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools 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.

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 or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (note that some degree programmes may require a higher grade than this - please see individual programme requirements). GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

37 points overall, with 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades A*A in History and English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

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

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A* in either History or English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

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

D

We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades A*A; one of these must be in History and one in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone). The A* can be in either of these two subjects.

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

D*DD

We require D*DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in either History or English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

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 either History or English Literature ( or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone ), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A in the other of these two subjects.

Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): A*AA at A-level:  Highers of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Advanced Higher Grade. A. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Advanced Higher in the required subject): A*AA at A-level: Highers of AAA plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades. AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades. AA. For applicants who have studied under the old Scottish qualification system, Highers are welcomed but will not be accepted alone.  The minimum requirement is three 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.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A-A,A,A,A,B


Grades AAAAA-AAAAB taken at one sitting: accepted only in conjunction with 3 Advanced Highers at Grades shown. Before reading this, please consult the A-level requirements for this programme and note any subject requirements. For applicants who have studied under the new Scottish qualification system, the following will apply. For programmes which have no particular pre-requisite subject , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAAAAB or AAAB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAA at A-level : Hrs of AAAABB or AABB plus Adv Hr Gr. A AAB at A-level : Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr Gr. A ABB at A-level : Hrs of AAABBB or ABBB plus Adv Hr at min. Gr. B Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements , we require the following (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5 AND Grade A should be achieved at Adv Hr in the required subject): A*AA at A-level : Hrs of AAA plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAA at A-level : Hrs of AAB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AA, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AA AAB at A-level : Hrs of ABB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. AB ABB at A-level : Hrs of BBB plus either two Adv Hrs at Grs. AB, or one Adv Hr and two Hrs at Grs. 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 three 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

144-165

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57%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

History

English literature

This joint honours programme offers the opportunity to study English Literature alongside the historical contexts out of which it emerged.

Lecturers are leaders in their fields and cover the full range of English Literature and British History, combining the strengths of both disciplines, while maximising student choice and opportunities for specialisation.

This joint honours programme gives students the opportunity not only to study English Literature and History as discrete subjects, but also to explore the possibilities and challenges associated with inter-disciplinary study.

In your first year, you will receive a thorough disciplinary grounding in both English Literature and History. In your second year, a dedicated core course will allow you to explore the methodological and theoretical questions associated with interdisciplinarity, while you will continue to develop your knowledge in both disciplines. In your final year, you will be able to develop your own areas of expertise by choosing from a wide range of specialist options in both English Literature and History, and writing a dissertation on a self-selected topic.

We offer students an extensive range of choices. Both our English Literature and History courses cover more than a thousand years from Anglo-Saxon to the present day. Both subjects also offer a global reach from postcolonial literature to European, American, African and Asian history.

Throughout your studies you will be taught by Lecturers who are leaders in their fields. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of Manchester's rich archival holdings (particularly in the Medieval and Victorian periods), and will benefit from being part of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures which has a long-established commitment to interdisciplinary study.

The English Literature and History joint honours programme allows you to combine the strengths of both disciplines while exploring the challenges of interdisciplinary work. Our programme structure both maximises student choice and allows you to develop your own areas of specialist interest.

**The programme aims to:**
- Develop students' understanding of the significance of historical context in the production and interpretation of literary texts.

- Develop students' understanding of the literary text as historical evidence.

- Foster a sophisticated understanding of the inter-relationship between English Literature and History as academic disciplines.

- Develop a critical understanding of the methodological similarities and differences between the two disciplines.

- Encourage students to reflect on the textuality of historiography.

**Special Features**

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore.

Both the History and English sides of the degree involve extensive engagement with the cultural assets of the University and the city, including the special collections of the John Rylands Library, the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama and the Whitworth Art Gallery.

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
£18,500
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


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.

History

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

English studies

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

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.

History

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.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
79%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

English 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
96%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

English literature

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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