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University of Manchester

Film Studies and Chinese

UCAS Code: PT11

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

ABB including an essay-based subject (such as English Literature, History or Politics), plus a minimum achievement of GCSE Grade B/6 in any Modern Foreign Language. Typical contextual offer: Grades ABB including an essay-based subject (such as English Literature, History or Politics), plus a minimum achievement of GCSE Grade B/6 in any Modern Foreign Language. For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/

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

Access to HE Diploma

D:39,M:6

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 AAB: a minimum of 39 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 6 credits with a Merit grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of the Distinction credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels. If you are applying to a programme involving one Language: you must also EITHER have GCSE Grade C/4 or higher in English Language or any Language, OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English Language or any Language at Level 2. If you are applying to a programme involving two Languages: Applicants cannot begin both languages at beginners' level; they must already have an A-level or equivalent in one of the two Languages to be studied, as well as the Access qualification.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M2

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: AAB at A level = Candidates taking Pre-U principal subjects in conjunction with A levels are expected to achieve a combination of D3, D3, M2 in the Pre-U and AAB 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

35

35 points overall, with 6,6,5 in Higher Level subjects.

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

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

Higher Level grades of H2,H2,H2,H3,H3, including H2 in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these). Pre-2017: A1,A2,B2,B2,B2.

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 the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Tech Ext Cert Grade D plus two A-levels at Grades AB.  The Grade A should be in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

DD

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades DD plus an A-level at min. Grade A in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

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

DD

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language. We require Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

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

D

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language. We require a Distinction, plus two A-levels at Grades AB; the Grade A must be in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

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

DDD

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language. We require at Distinction / Distinction / Distinction, plus one A-level at Grade A in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

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

D

We do not require you to have a Language A-level for this programme; however, applicants should have experience of studying a Language (any Modern Foreign Language) to at least GCSE level and should have achieved a good standard in this. We therefore require all applicants to have achieved a minimum of GCSE Grade B/6 (or equivalent) in a Modern Foreign Language. We require Distinction plus an A-level at min. Grade A in the required subject (see A-level requirements for these), 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. 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 (in all cases, at least three Highers should be achieved by the end of S5): AAB at A-level :  Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher Grade A. Where pre-requisite subjects are cited in our A-level requirements, we require (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): 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.

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 (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 (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.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with time abroad | 2019

Subjects

Film studies

Chinese studies

The Joint Honours in Film Studies programmes aim to develop your understanding and awareness of the rich possibilities of this creative medium and encourages students to approach the study of film from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives. At the heart of our Film Studies programmes is a commitment to expanding your experience of film through modules and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary films, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world. You will study mainstream and non-mainstream films in order to broaden your understanding of the history of film as well as the debates and issues that are informing and generated by current practice in film and shaping its future. In your first year, you will take three core' units or modules that establish the conceptualbuilding blocks' of studying film as well as providing you with a thorough grounding in major developments in early and classical cinema before progressing into the various `new wave' movements and developments in contemporary cinema.In your second and third years you will be able to select from a range of specialist study options on specific issues in Film Studies and focus on aspects of American, British, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish and Portuguese language cinema with a particular interest in questions of identity and representation. How have films perpetuated or subverted notions of gender, sexuality, national identity, ethnicity and class?As you enhance your skills of close analysis you will also develop an understanding of how film engages with socio-cultural and political concerns, placing the films you study in their historical context as well as thinking about current debates and future challenges for cinema as a medium.You will be taught through a combination of lectures and smaller seminar discussion groups with the vast majority of course units supported by a programme of relevant film screenings, taking advantage of cinema-standard digital projection facilities. The course emphasises historical and theoretical approaches to studying film rather than practical production modules. You will be encouraged to develop as independent critical thinkers able to work in a diverse range of assessment scenarios, taking in solo written assignments, presentations and, on certain units, group work and creative projects that enable you to put theory into practice. One of our core aims is to deepen your enthusiasm and understanding of film and equip you with the skills and confidence to be able to convey your knowledge in a diverse range of settings and employment situations. The course seeks to develop and enhance your transferable skills so that you will be able to look to making meaningful contributions to relevant fields, including careers in film education, distribution, exhibition and curation.

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/2018/

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?

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Film 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.

Asian studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
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.

Media 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.

44%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The UK has a world-class media industry in film, print and broadcast media, worth billions to the economy, and employing thousands of new graduates every year, so it's hardly surprising that ambitious and talented graduates want to work in it. But be realistic — this is a highly-sought after industry and jobs are amongst the most competitive around. If you want to be a star in front of the camera or in print, you might want to look at other options. Media studies graduates are much the most likely graduates to get into the media industry (in 2015, one in five grads entering the film industry, and one in four getting jobs in TV or film production had a media studies degree) and they’re more likely to be in crucial roles directing, producing, or operating sound or video equipment, or in media research or marketing roles. Self-employment and freelancing is more common than for most degrees, so that may be something to prepare for.

Asian 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
87%
low
Employed or in further education
97%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Other elementary services occupations
15%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

China plays an important role in world economics and politics, and business can be very interested in graduates with good Chinese language skills. In 2015, just over 180 degrees were awarded in this subject to UK graduates, so it is still an unusual and specialist degree to take - take that into consideration before drawing definitive conclusions from the data. About one in five graduates went on to further study (mostly at Masters level) and of those who were working, a quarter went to work abroad. Most of the rest were working in the UK after six months, mainly in London. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills, even if that language is rare and valuable to business.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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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.

Chinese 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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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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