BA (Hons) English with a minor route language

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Overview

These courses give you the opportunity to study English in combination with another language. You will undertake practical language classes for your minor language, while also developing an understanding of the social and cultural environment in which the language is spoken.

The English element of 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. Students who have studied English Literature or Language appreciate the courses 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.

Proficiency in modern languages will give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments.

Minor languages available: 

French, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, Italian and Japanese. Visit the 'Course in depth' tab for more information on our minor languages and levels available.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

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 Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE.

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.

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.

Learn more about graduate careers

Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

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

If the language chosen is French or Spanish and has been studied at A Level (or acceptable equivalent) a Grade B (or equivalent) will be required

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, 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

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

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with no element below 5.5

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

Course details

English

English is a well-established humanities discipline, which explores the role of the written word in defining and transforming human experience. The modern discipline of English is rooted in the study of literature and the language in which it is written. Students of English can expect to study all major periods and forms of literature and to learn how to analyse literary texts by drawing on disciplines such as history, sociology and politics. At the Manchester campus, the English department has access to a community of internationally renowned writers and critics through the Manchester Writing School, one of the most successful of its kind in the UK. Its Creative Director is the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy DBE. You will develop the necessary skills in critical thinking and communication that are of value to graduates entering a wide array of career paths.

Minor Language:

All of our minor language options focus on helping you to become an effective communicator. We will enable you to acquire linguistic skills and develop cultural awareness. We will also work with you to gain transferable skills such as translating and interpreting.

Modern Standard Arabic:

Arabic is spoken as the first language for over 200 million people; it is the official language of 22 countries (bbc.co.uk). The demand for studying Arabic has recently increased due to increased economic opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. Applicants with other levels should contact the University directly to discuss options.

Mandarin Chinese:

Mandarin Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world and China is the world's second largest economy. Speaking Mandarin will allow you to communicate with millions of people around the world. In business, people who speak Mandarin have a distinct advantage with the Chinese market, as it is easier to develop all-important relationships when you can speak the language (bbc.co.uk).

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

German:

In Europe, more people speak German as their native language than any other language. It is the official language of Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg, as well as Germany. As the world's fourth largest economy, and the forerunner in Europe, Germany produces more than a quarter of the European Union's gross domestic product (bbc.co.uk).

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

Italian:

Italy is the eighth richest economy in the world, a world leader in areas as diverse as tourism, architecture, fashion and football. Italy's cultural and economic significance within the European Union and beyond generates an increasing demand for competent and informed speakers of Italian. It is spoken by one in five Europeans, and by sizeable Italian communities in North and South America, and North Africa. 

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

Japanese:

Japanese is spoken by about 125 million people and the number of UK graduates who can communicate in Japanese and write Japanese scripts is limited, so learning the language will give you a competitive edge.

Admissions at Beginners level only. 

French:

More than 75 million people speak French as their native language. French is also one of the official languages in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland and is spoken widely across the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. All told, there are more than 220 million French speakers, worldwide (www.diplomatie.gouv.fr), with French being one of the six official languages of the United Nations.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 

Spanish:

Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages around world both in terms of the numbers of speakers, and the global geographical spread. As a global language, Spanish is second only to Mandarin in terms of the number of the world's population who speak it as a first language. It has official status in 21 countries spanning Europe, Africa, North, Central and South America. As the economies of South and Central America continue to surge forward, and the political reach of these nations continues to grow and develop there has never been a more important time to consider studying Spanish.

Admission from Beginners to GCSE, or A level with a grade B or above. 

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for English, two core units for your minor language. The core units for year one are shown below.

English units:

  • Approaches to Narrative
  • Critical Dialogues

Minor route language units:

  • Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age
  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

Read more about this year of study

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. 

Becoming Multilingual in the Digital Age

The unit develops skills of critical enquiry and analysis, and communication for language learners. It will enhance your digital and intercultural literacy, preparing you for employment and citizenship in the contemporary world.

In Year 2, you will study two core units plus one optional unit from English and one core unit from your chosen minor route language.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 2 of this programme and may be subject to change.

Indicative English options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Nineteenth-Century Writing to Modernism
  • Postwar to the Present

Indicative minor route language options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

For an indication of units currently available from English please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

English

In your final year you will study one core unit plus three optional units from English and one core unit from your chosen minor route language.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 3 of this programme and may be subject to change.

Indicative English options available in Final Year may be: 

  • Critical Project

Indicative minor route language options available in Final Year may be:

  • Minor route language suited to your level of proficiency

For an indication of units currently available from English please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

English

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 of 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
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Department of English

Our Department of English is a large, vibrant community of around fifty internationally renowned writers and critics, and is home to the Manchester Writing School and Centre for Gothic Studies.

As well as a solid grounding in the traditional core of the subject, the department offers a modern and innovative approach to the study of English, with all strands of its degree programmes offering the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

More about the department

Taught by experts

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.

Meet our expert staff

Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£300

English is a reading subject and students must have access to a copy of all set texts. Primary texts are held in the University library but students often prefer to possess their own copy. Prices vary but many are cheaply available and set texts are often available online for no cost. Students often buy texts second hand, and there is a book exchange in the Atrium of the Manton building. Students often choose to buy their own laptops but computers are available on campus, and laptops and iPads are available for students to borrow.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course for 2020 entry once applications open in UCAS.

Visit UCAS for further details, including deadlines.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

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