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University of Manchester

Film Studies and Music

UCAS Code: PW30

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB, including A in Music. Alternatively, we will accept AAB plus ABRSM Grade 8 Theory at Merit or above, if a candidate is not taking A-level Music; one A-level must be in an essay-based subject (such as English Literature, History or Politics). Also required is Associated Board (or equivalent) Grade VIII Practical, preferably at Distinction, on an instrument or voice. The course requires you to achieve the same musical entry requirements as those on our Single Honours MusB Music, thus enabling you to pursue any area of study in the Music department.

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

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 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.

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. 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. If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Academic School(s) you plan to apply to.

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

35

35 points overall. 6,6,5 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 the required subject (see A-level requirements for these).

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Extended Certificate 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 require DD, 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 require a D, 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 require at DDD, 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 require D 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Film studies

Music

Our BA Film Studies and Music joint honours course aims to develop your understanding and awareness of the rich possibilities of both of these creative media, encouraging you to approach your study from a range of historical and theoretical perspectives.

**Film Studies**

At the heart of our Film Studies courses is a commitment to expanding your experience of film through modules and screenings that focus on both classical and contemporary cinema, covering a wide range of film cultures from around the world.

In your first year, you will take three core units or modules that establish the conceptual building 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, as well as genres such as horror and science fiction, 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.

**Music**

With a range of course units to choose from (see the lists below), the course is diverse and flexible, enabling you to build upon existing interests, while allowing you the room to discover new forms and traditions of music and new ways of understanding, performing and creating music.

With our mix of academic and practical experience, you will be taught by internationally recognised academics and a roster of professional instrumental and vocal tutors, drawn from Manchester and the north-west.

Our teaching and music-making takes place in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama. You will rehearse, take masterclasses and perform in the Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall and can get your hands on the latest digital-audio technology in the award-winning NOVARS studios for electroacoustic music and interactive media.

You will also benefit musically, academically and socially from the extensive music-making and management opportunities provided by the Music Society and the 100+ concerts and events that the department sponsors each year.

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.

Media 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?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

Music

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
51%
Male students
49%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
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.

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.

47%
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.

Music

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
76%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
17%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

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.

Music

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

£15k

£15k

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

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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