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The University of Manchester

English Literature and American Studies

UCAS Code: QT37
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136

% applicants receiving offers

65%

Subjects
  • English studies
  • American studies
Student score
78% LOW
88% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
83% LOW
Average graduate salary
£16.6k MED
£17k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB

AAB to include A in English Lit (or Lang & Lit, but not Eng Language alone). General Studies is welcomed but is not normally included as part of the standard offer. A-level exams should be taken at the same sitting, after no more than two years of study. If you have studied an advanced curriculum, where the examinations are spread over three years, consideration for an offer will be at the discretion of the admissions tutor. We may also require further information, in order to make an informed judgment on your application. (English Literature at grade A or English - Language & Literature at grade A).

Scottish Highers
AAAAB

Grades AAAAB: accepted only in conjunction with 3 Adv Hrs at stated grades.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAB

Grades AAB to include A in English Literature (or English Lit with Lang - but not Eng Lang only)

BTEC Diploma
MMM

Humanities or related subject

International Baccalaureate
32

32 points overall (core points accepted), including 7 points in English Literature at Higher level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

65%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Modules

English literature Year 1: Core module; reading literature; plus 1 from: contexts of writing; textural communities; plus one free choice module. Year 2: Overseas placement. Year 3: Minimum of 40 credits in English literature (allowing a 40:80 split). American Studies Year 1: Core modules; introduction to American literature; academic development; plus one free choice module. Year 2: Overseas placement; plus 1 core module; Jamestown to James Brown. Year 3: Minimum of 40 credits in American studies (allowing a 40:80 split).

The University of Manchester

Campus building

As the biggest single-site University in the country, in one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, the University of Manchester gives students an unrivalled and unique learning experience. You'll enjoy studying at a world-class institution and being at the centre of a dynamic student population. The Students' Union has more than 300 student-run societies, from Aikido to Zoology.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
20%
80%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
27%
73%

Year 1

65%
35%

Year 2

18%
82%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 78% LOW
Able to access IT resources

84%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

94%

Received sufficient advice and support

81%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
416 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
92% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £16.6k MED
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

10%

Graduates who are welfare and housing associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

19%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 98%
Student score 88% MED
Able to access IT resources

90%

Staff made the subject interesting

92%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

78%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

98%

Received sufficient advice and support

70%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
6% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
60% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
402 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
95% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 83% LOW
Average graduate salary £17k MED
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

7%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

17%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Just 620 UK students graduated with American studies degrees in 2012, so it's one of the smaller subjects in terms of student numbers. The recession has been rough on graduates from these degrees and the unemployment rate is currently higher than we'd expect in better economic conditions, but this should get better as the economy improves. Most graduates stay in the UK once they graduate, and about one in five go into further study, mostly to take Masters degrees in subjects like history, journalism, politics and business. Graduates tend to go into any general graduate jobs, in management, education, marketing and PR, the arts and business project management.
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