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University of Manchester

German and Chinese

UCAS Code: RT21

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Grades ABB including one of the languages to be studied. Typical Contextual Offer: BBB 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.

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

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

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 one of the languages to be studied. You should have 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 one of the languages to be studied. Please note that 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. Applicants must also either have GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or 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.

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. 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. 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 benefit 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. For this programme, as well as the regular conditions of offer, we may make students who are currently taking or completed the EPQ an alternative offer.

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

34

34 points overall. 6,5,5 in Higher Level subjects including one of the languages to be studied.

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 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): 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. 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): 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. 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

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

German studies

Chinese studies

**BA (Hons) German and Chinese**

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

**German**
- Our German courses at Manchester give students a solid grounding in German language and the opportunity to explore in depth German culture, linguistics, history and literature. They equip students with the skills and expertise needed to thrive in German-speaking environments, both during their period of residence abroad and following graduation.

- Core German language courses at all levels of study are complemented by a variety of other subject areas, including linguistics that teaches you how the language works and a wide range of cultural and historical units that use German-language sources to improve your core language competence, as well as your wider knowledge of the German-speaking countries.

- The third year includes a period spent in a German-speaking country. You can choose a work placement, teach English in schools as part of the British Council's assistantship scheme or study at our prestigious partner institutions in Berlin, Freiburg, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Leipzig, Basle and Innsbruck.

- We have specialists in an unusually wide range of German-related subjects, so that you can focus on subjects that really appeal to you in your final year of study.

- All our units include a focus on key transferable skills that help to prepare you for the world of work, as well as encouraging you to develop your academic talents.

**Chinese**
- Students will study Mandarin Chinese throughout the course. The core language teaching in Mandarin Chinese enables students 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, they will be able to tailor the course in keeping with the development of their interests.

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

**Special Features**

We offer German and Chinese at post-A-level and beginners' level, taught by a team of internationally-recognised specialists. Courses are characterised by their quality, range and flexibility.

Specialisms in German include historical and contemporary linguistics, literary studies, screen studies, gender and sexuality, modern cultural history, minority cultures and Holocaust studies.

Our teaching, praised in the Teaching Quality Assessment and by external examiners, is backed up by an innovative Independent Language Learning Programme, enabling students to take control of their own learning experience.

The quality of our online teaching and learning resources is highly praised by students and its excellence recognised within the University.

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


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
low
German studies
80%
high
Chinese studies

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.

German and scandinavian studies

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
63%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

81%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

Asian studies

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

75%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

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.

German and scandinavian 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
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate 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 German courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. The unemployment rates last year was lower than graduates in general. Nearly a quarter of working graduates from 2015 got jobs outside the UK — mostly as English teachers — which is much higher than for most subjects. The relative strength of the German economy means there will continue to be opportunities there in the future. But more graduates went to work in London, and those who want to stay at home to work find jobs anywhere where good communication skills are a must, particularly 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.

German 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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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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