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English Literature University of Manchester Degree level: Undergraduate

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This degree gives students access to the full range of English Studies. Alongside the traditional range of English Literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day, students are able to study American, Irish and post-colonial literatures as well as cultural theory, creative writing and film. In the first year, students sample a wide variety of literature and cultural theory and develop a solid basis of knowledge and skill which they then build on in years 2 and 3. All courses are compulsory in year 1, while in years 2 and 3, students select their courses from a range of options. There is a compulsory long essay in the final year.

Flexible Honours may allow you to study an additional arts, languages or cultures subject.

The course aims to

  • Encourage engagement with a significant range of literary/non-literary genres, incl. film, music, texts in the English language from British Isles/US/other English-speaking communities, from Anglo-Saxon times to the present;

  • Provide an opportunity to study/specialise in literature, theory, film, popular song, and/or new media;

  • Enable the study of texts in historical/cultural contexts, develop an appreciation of the specific contexts that condition the representation of allegedly 'universal' concepts and an appreciation of how our own historical/cultural location affects our understanding of literature;

  • Familiarise students with and enable them to apply traditional and modern theories of literary/cultural criticism;

  • Develop students' powers of critical/analytical thinking alongside an appreciation of the crafting of written utterances and the interrelationships between texts, together with an ability to apply such techniques to sophisticated primary/secondary texts;

  • Encourage students to respond imaginatively, intellectually and independently to the written word; enable them to carry this quality of response into future reading experiences;

  • Encourage enthusiasm for English and appreciation of its importance in the world today/in the future;

  • Foster sophisticated literacy skills whilst encouraging correct and appropriate presentation/referencing; develop fluency and clarity in discussion and in oral/written presentation;

  • Encourage continuous, developing reflection, enabling both responsibility for personal learning and the ability to make informed choices for future development;

  • Develop skills for employment/further study, both discipline-related and transferable to other contexts;

  • Sustain/enhance a body of knowledge about, and critical appreciation of, literature and other cultural forms, in preparation for postgraduate study/professional careers.

Special Features

You can attend lectures and exhibitions at the internationally-renowned Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, while the English Research Seminar and CriticalMASS, the American Studies research seminar, also offer a series of interesting talks.

The Centre for New Writing hosts a regular public event series, Literature Live, which brings contemporary novelists and poets to the University to read and engage in conversation. The famous John Rylands Library, Deansgate is also part of the University and offers the rare opportunity to see a Gutenberg bible, Shakespeare folios and other archival treasures.

Students may apply to spend one semester studying abroad during the second year of their degree. Exchange partners are offered in Europe, through the Erasmus Exchange scheme, or via the Worldwide Exchange scheme, in either the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong or Singapore.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q320
Institution code M20
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAA - AAB Grades AAA-AAB, including English Literature, or English Language & Literature (i.e. not English Language alone). 

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.

We recognise that applicants often achieve higher than their predicted grades, so we will consider applicants who are predicted to achieve one grade below our standard offer of AAA. The standard offer will be made in all cases, unless the applicant is studying for an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). These applicants will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer with the condition they must achieve a Grade A in the EPQ.  

Applicants who are eligible for a contextual offer will be made an offer one grade below the standard offer applicants. Applicants who are also studying the EPQ and achieve a Grade A will receive an offer two grades below the standard entry requirements.

If your predicted grades are at the lower end of our advertised range and you are not studying the EPQ please contact the School to discuss your application as the School considers all applications holistically.

Typical Contextual Offer: AAB, including English Literature, or English Language & Literature (i.e. not English Language alone)
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD We require DDD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Access to HE Diploma 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 a subject area relevant to the chosen course.

The specific course requirements are either GCSEs in both English and Mathematics (at Grade B/6 or higher), or achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having six credits each in English and Maths. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

We also require a minimum of 45 credits with a Distinction grade, all in a Humanities-related subject. 15 of these credits should be in the pre-requisite subject required for A-levels.
Scottish Higher 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):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA.

AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB 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.
AS AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, D3 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, D3, D3 in the Pre-U and AAA at A level in three distinct subjects.
Extended Project 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. We strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement (and at interview, if  relevant).  We 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.

For this programme, you will be made the standard offer plus an alternative one, if you are studying for an EPQ.  The alternative offer will be one grade below the standard offer but you will also be asked to achieve a Grade A in your EPQ.
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 36 points 36 points overall. 6,6,6 in Higher Level subjects.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Diploma with Grades DD plus an A Level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D - D* Entry requirements are based on achievement of EITHER the full Technical Extended Certificate with Grade D plus two A Levels at Grades AA, OR full Technical Extended Certificate Grade D* plus two A-levels at Grades AB. In both cases, A-level Grade A is required in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Not accepted
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma D*D Entry requirements are based on achievement of the full Technical Foundation Diploma with Grades D*D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade B.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD We require DD, plus one A-level at Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D We require a D, plus two A-levels at Grades AA; one of these A-levels must be in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone).
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D We require D plus an A-level at min. Grade A in English Literature (or English Language and Literature, but not English Language alone), plus an EPQ or AS at Grade A.
Scottish Advanced Higher 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):

AAA at A-level: Highers of AAB plus either two Advanced Highers at Grades AA, or one Advanced Higher and two Highers at Grades AA.

AAB at A-level: Highers of ABB 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.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) 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.

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here (http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/)


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7).
TOEFL (iBT) 100.0 100+ overall with a minimum writing score of 25. If you have obtained a different qualification please check our English language requirements to ensure it is accepted and is equivalent to the above.

GCSE English Language Grade B/6. The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'. Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

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/

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