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University of Manchester

French and Chinese

UCAS Code: RT11

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Grades ABB including one of the languages to be studied. This programme is designed for students whose level of Mandarin Chinese at entry ranges from complete beginner to approximately A-level standard. It is not suitable for students whose first language is Chinese.

Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Level 3. Minimum of 15 credits with a Distinction grade, plus minimum of 30 credits with a Merit grade. All credits should be in a Humanities-related subject. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis. Applicants must also have an A-level minimum Grade B in one of the two languages to be studied.

Once AS-levels are uncoupled from A-levels, our subjects will no longer accept two AS-levels in lieu of one A-level. For those who took their AS-levels before the new system, then some subjects (but not all) will consider accepting them in lieu of an A-level - please contact us to ask if this is the case for the subject in which you are interested. Once AS-levels are uncoupled, we will no longer use them as an indication in determining whether a place will be offered. This is because they will not be available to all applicants and their use could therefore disadvantage those who were not able to take them.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

A-B

We welcome and recognise the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and normally require two A Levels to be included within this. For applicants holding the newly reformed Advanced core (first teaching 2015), the grade required will normally be the same as the lowest A Level grade listed in the course entry requirements. We advise you to contact us if you require clarification on the acceptability of your specific portfolio of qualifications.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D3,M2,M2

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

English Language at minimum grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

33 points overall (core points accepted), Higher Level Requirements 6,5,5 including one of the languages to be studied

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

New scale: Higher Level grades of H2H3H3H3H3 inc. one of the two Languages to be studied. Pre-2017: A2B2B2B2B2.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with grades DM plus an A Level at grade B in one of the Languages to be studied.

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 BB; one of these A-levels should be in one of the Languages to be studied.

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 B in one of the Languages to be studied, plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

Plus one A-level at Grade B in one of the Languages to be studied.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

Plus two A-levels at Grades BB (one of these A-levels should be in one of the Languages to be studied).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDM

We also require an A-level minimum Grade B in one of the Languages to be studied.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

D,M

Plus one A-level at min. Grade B in one of the Languages to be studied, 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 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.

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.

UCAS Tariff

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

French language

Chinese languages

Provides a comprehensive grounding in French language, literature, culture, history and linguistics. Enables students to become proficient enough in French to live and work effectively in a French-speaking environment. Students also develop a firm grounding in Mandarin Chinese and contemporary Chinese culture, society, economy and politics as well as China's changing relations with the West.

French
French courses at Manchester give students a firm grounding in French language and the chance to explore in depth French culture, linguistics, film, art, history and literature. They equip students with the skills needed to thrive in French-speaking environments. Throughout the course students are trained in modern spoken and written French by following a high-level core language course. From Year One, students discover how the language really works by learning about its morphology, syntax, phonology and phonetics.
Students thoroughly develop their French language skills by working with a variety of oral and written French texts and engaging in discussions in French (most of this language instruction takes place in French and is predominantly taught by native speakers).
Core language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other Francophone-related topic areas and by a period spent in a French-speaking country, such as at our popular university exchange partners in Brussels, Geneva, Lyon, Martinique, Paris, La Réunion and Quebec. Our students also teach English in schools across the world as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme, and many complete work placements across Europe, Africa and North America.
Independent, monitored self-study reinforces students' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
Students may also take a set of broad-based content courses that provide essential grounding in key areas of French and Francophone culture (especially visual studies), society, linguistics, history and literature. Some of the content teaching on these courses is in English, so that students can focus fully on the new concepts introduced to them and can hone not only their French language skills, but also their expression and accuracy in English: key transferable skills for the workplace following graduation.

Chinese
Students will study Mandarin Chinese throughout the course. The core language teaching in Mandarin Chinese enables you to develop various linguistic skills: speaking and writing accurately; understanding and analysing audio, video and written material; using different registers; speaking to a group with confidence; and translating with appropriate sensitivity.
At the same time, students can choose China-related topics in literature, film, cultural studies, politics, history, linguistics, economics, development studies, and business, drawing on the wide range of research expertise in Chinese Studies across the Faculty of Humanities. In this way, students will be able to tailor the course in keeping with the development of their interests.
Independent, monitored self-study reinforces students' knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.

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
£18,000
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/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?

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.

French 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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A
393

Asian 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?

70%
UK students
30%
International students
40%
Male students
60%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
24%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B
427

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.

French 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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
8%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from French courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. About one in five working graduates from 2015 got jobs overseas — often as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. Those who want to stay at home to work find jobs in education, and anywhere where good communication skills are a must. That means you can find French graduates in education, in marketing, in the arts and in business and finance as teachers, writers, personnel officers, financial advisors, analysts, sales people and marketers. 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.

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.

£17,000
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a small, general category covering several different subject areas - so bear that in mind when you look at any stats. The most common courses covered here are in translation, with just 55 students graduating in translation degrees in 2015. The arts were the most likely job sector for graduates from these courses, but it's a good idea to go to university open days to ask tutors more specific questions about what previous graduates typically went on to do with their degree.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Language and area 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

£26k

£26k

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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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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