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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. Typical contextual offer: Grades BBB including one of the languages to be studied. For further information about contextual offers, please visit: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/applications/after-you-apply/contextual-data/contextual-data-2019/

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

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 ABB: a minimum of 30 credits with a Distinction grade, plus 15 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 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,M2,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: ABB at A level = 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

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

34

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

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 (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade B in one of the Languages to be studied.

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

D

We require a 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 (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

We require 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 (first teaching from September 2016)

D

We require at least a D, 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 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): ABB at A-level:  Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher at min. Grade. 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 Advanced Higher in the required subject): ABB at A-level: Highers of BBB 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 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): ABB at A-level: Highers of AAABBB or ABBB plus Advanced Higher at min. Grade. 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 Advanced Higher in the required subject): ABB at A-level: Highers of BBB 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.

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

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

French studies

Chinese studies

**BA (Hons) French and Chinese**

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**
- At least two thirds of native speaker staff, teaching you in French in language' classes as well as mostculture' classes.

- Between 3 and 6 hours of French grammar and conversation every week, in order to reach near-native precision and fluency, running in parallel with optional course units on French and Francophone history, politics, literature, popular culture and/or linguistics, from the Early Modern period to the present.

- Study, work and/or teach during the Year Abroad, including outside of metropolitan France (for instance in Belgium, Switzerland, Martinique and Quebec).

- Long-established partnership with the Alliance Française de Manchester with cultural events throughout the year (film screenings, talks, plays, concerts, exhibitions and intensive language classes).

- Collaboration with the Institut de Touraine in the Loire Valley, hosting Easter and Summer French language classes, appropriate for ab initio students and finalists.

**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.

The degree is awarded as a single class, based on the marks achieved in both languages.

**Special Features**

**French**
- French Studies provides a newly-revised core language course to help develop your language learning, placing emphasis on acquiring high-level skills built on firm foundations of knowledge of French syntax, morphology, phonetics and phonology.

- Our range and quality of courses are regularly cited for praise by external examiners and two colleagues have won University Teaching Excellence Awards.

- We offer a wide range of non-language courses, incorporating a research component at all levels.

- We offer French at both post-A-level and beginners' level.

**Chinese**

Chinese Studies is taught by a team of internationally-recognised academic specialists, supported by excellent resources, giving the opportunity to build on existing knowledge of the language (i.e. A-level or equivalent) or to study ab initio.

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.

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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
A

Asian 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?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
38%
Male students
62%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
20%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
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.

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.

£19,200
med
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
98%
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.

French 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.

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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