BA (Hons)

English / French

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Regular readings, visiting speakers and literary events.
  • The opportunity to be taught by internationally recognised academics in a variety of specialist areas.
  • Opportunities to work with acclaimed authors on creative writing in a variety of genres. The Department of English at our Manchester campus is a large and vibrant community of around forty internationally renowned writers and critics. 
  • Students on the Manchester campus have a wealth of opportunities to engage with the many conferences, readings, research programmes, festivals and competitions run by the department, and to build their own networks among our many partners in the dynamic Manchester cultural and creative community. 
  • Our Language Resource Centre is equipped with wireless laptops, PCs and voice recognition software for language training. It is also home to our multimedia and audio language learning laboratories, media booths for group-work with PCs or large flat screen TVs and multiple satellite channels broadcast in foreign languages with recording facilities.
  • The majority of our 30+ academic, research and support staff are native speakers of French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Urdu. We also have multiple connections with language groups across Manchester to ensure you can converse in your chosen language.
  • 96% of languages graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE Survey 2014.
  • 95% of English and Creative Writing graduates go straight into employment and/or further study according to the DLHE Survey 2014.
  • 100% of our English research impact was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the Research Excellence Framework 2014

Placement options

If you take French as a major or equal subject you will spend your third year in France and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study.

 

About the course

English:

This course takes an innovative, modern approach to the study of literature, focusing on drama, prose, fiction and poetry from the 17th century to the present, and balancing the traditional with the modern. There are opportunities to take units in creative writing, film and cultural theory, as well as writing from the USA, Ireland, Africa, India and the Caribbean. Students who have studied English Literature or Language appreciate the course’s core interest in the analysis of literary language, and those with good qualifications from across the humanities perform just as well. We pride ourselves on our excellent teaching, flexible provision, highly positive student feedback and strong research culture.

French

This course places language learning within the wider context of French Studies including culture, society, literature, film, and history. The language units emphasise communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting and interview techniques, with practical language classes embracing speaking, listening, reading and writing. We offer a wide choice of units related to France, which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. Our course is designed to help you achieve your full potential in a challenging and lively environment and enhance your employability in a competitive market. If you take French as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad, we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. After this, you will return to the University for your final year.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

Combined Honours Programmes offer students the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations. In the first year, students will study each subject combination equally and the core units for each unit are shown below.

Core Units
Approaches to Narrative

This unit introduces the critical study of narrative, providing you with the appropriate critical skills and vocabulary with which to analyse different forms of prose narrative, introducing a range of texts from different historical periods, traditions and genres. It develops key skills in the areas of planning and writing essays, and supports structured reflection on the transition to university-level English studies.

Critical Dialogues

This unit is an introduction to a number of key topics in critical and cultural theory and to a range of distinct approaches to the analysis of literary and cinematic texts. It provides you with the skills required to identify, explain and compare particular critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature and film. 

Unit Choice - French

French Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

French Culture and Society

This unit will deal with a number of topics relating to Francophone history, culture and society and how these are represented in the media and in texts.

Or

French Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of French grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

French Fast Track 2

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in French grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Year 2

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and French. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Year 3

Units of study available across years two and three on a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route taken through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. Please contact your Programme Lead for further information on the typical units of study offered for years two and three of this programme.

For an indication of units currently available, please see both English and French. Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
  • Year 1 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 2 20% lectures, seminars or similar; 80% independent study
  • Year 3 15% lectures, seminars or similar; 85% independent study
Assessment
  • Year 1 90% coursework; 10% examination
  • Year 2 70% coursework; 30% examination
  • Year 3 70% coursework; 30% examination
Optional foundation year
  • Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
  • Assessment 80% coursework; 20% examination

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/english/staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

104-112

A Level French at Grade B or above

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature. Subjects such as Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

International Baccalaureate points

26 with a minimum of 6 in French at Higher level

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of at least 5.5 in all units

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Your career prospects after the course

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

Language skills can be applied in a wide variety of careers, from teaching and translating/interpreting to business and management, finance, charity and community work.

Other opportunities may exist in areas such as journalism, in central and local government, international institutions, voluntary organisations, political parties or the media.

English graduates enter a wide range of employment, especially media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant.

Recent graduates have become school and college teachers, and gained employment in fields as diverse as banking and finance, manufacturing and retail.

There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study creative writing at postgraduate level in our Manchester Writing School under the creative direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

However the opportunities for further study are diverse and some students have undertaken further professional training to work in law, public administration, management, and librarianship.

94%

In 2014, over 94% of our graduates went directly into work or further study within 6 months of graduation

DHLE survey 2014, for all respondents available for employment or further study and whose destinations are known

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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Confirmation of Regulator

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Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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