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University of Manchester

English Literature with Creative Writing

UCAS Code: Q3W8

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A-A,A,B

Grades AAA-AAB, including English Literature, or English Language & Literature (i.e. not English Language alone).  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. 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 Textual Offer: AAB, including English Literature, or English Language & Literature (i.e. not English Language alone), plus creative writing portfolio.

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

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 and skills on an individual basis. 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 English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D*-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 English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

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 English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), 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 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 AA; one of these A-levels must be in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).

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 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 English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A.

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. 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): 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 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.

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. 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): 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 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

136-144

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

31%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Creative writing

English literature

This is a small, specialised creative writing pathway within an English Literature degree. Students will take 25% of their credits in creative writing (both fiction and poetry).

The course covers the full range of English literature from Old English to the present day. The creative writing component of the course focuses on fiction and poetry writing. The course will introduce you to techniques of fiction and poetry writing and develop your understanding of i) the craft of writing ii) the nature and necessity of revision and iii) the importance of being able to give and receive constructive feedback.

The creative writing component of the degree will be taught in small group workshops. Students will write their own poems and stories regularly, read relevant work from established writers, and respond to examples of contemporary poetry and fiction. There will be in-class writing exercises and an introduction to workshopping.

**The course aims to:**
- Encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, incl. film, music, texts in the English language from British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present;

- Provide an opportunity to study/specialise in literature, theory, film, popular song, and/or new media;

- Enable the study of texts in historical/cultural contexts, develop an appreciation of the specific contexts that condition the representation of allegedly 'universal' concepts and an appreciation of how our own historical/cultural location affects our understanding of literature;

- Familiarise students with and enable them to apply traditional and modern theories of literary/cultural criticism;

- Develop students' powers of critical/analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the crafting of written utterances and the interrelationships between texts, together with an ability to apply such techniques to sophisticated primary/secondary texts;

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

- Encourage enthusiasm for English and appreciation of its importance in the world today/in the future;

- Foster sophisticated literacy skills whilst encouraging correct and appropriate presentation/referencing; develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral/written presentation;

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

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

- Sustain/enhance a body of knowledge about, and critical appreciation of, literature and other cultural forms, in preparation for postgraduate study/professional careers.

**Special Features**

Students on the English Literature with Creative Writing pathway are given free admission to 'Literature Live' - a series of readings and discussions featuring high profile poets and fiction writers which runs regularly throughout the academic year. They are also able to attend selected workshops and discussions with visiting writers.

The famous John Rylands Library, Deansgate is also part of the University and offers the rare opportunity to see a Gutenberg bible, Shakespeare folios and other archival treasures.

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.

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


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.

English studies

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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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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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.

Creative writing

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
26%
low
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?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

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.

Creative writing

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

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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.

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.

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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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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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