English Language and Russian (4 Years) [BA]
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UCAS course code: QR37
UCAS institution code: M20
Degree awarded: BA
Duration: 4 years
Typical A level offer: AAB-BBB incl. a modern foreign language
Course fees: Please refer to the undergraduate fees pages for the latest information.
Academic department: School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures
Related website: www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact telephone: +44 (0)161 275 3211
How to apply: Apply through UCAS.
BA (Hons) English Language and Russian is a four year course, giving students a thorough grounding in the language of their choice, and offering them access to the full range of English language studies and the opportunity for a broad-based study of English linguistics. Teaching is provided by the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures.
- Students will be provided with a broad grounding in Russian language, culture and society.
- In year one the credit weighting of these subjects is 60/60. In subsequent years this can be amended to 80/40 focusing on either subject.
- The course will enable students to develop their Russian language skills to a superior level and simultaneously to develop their interests in and knowledge of a variety of other subject areas (such as film and media studies, sociology, history and politics, literary and cultural studies).
- Manchester is an international centre for linguistics and English language
- English Language is taught within the Department of Linguistics and English Language where there is a virtually unique breadth of subject areas and theoretical approaches.
- Particular strengths in the discipline include: endangered languages and field linguistics, the linguistics of English (both synchronic and diachronic), phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax (especially Lexical-Functional Grammar and Construction Grammar), typology, language contact and sociolinguistics, historical linguistics (especially English, Romance and Germanic), semantics and pragmatics, corpus and computational linguistics.
- The foundation of our degree programmes is a unique two-course series, comprising 'Beyond the ''Iron Curtain'': Critical Perspectives on Russia, Past and Present' (Level 1) and 'Petersburg: History, Myth, Text' (Level 2). These courses, which do not have equivalents at any UK university, are interdisciplinary and multimedia-focused. Both courses are team-taught, in order to provide exposure to different sub-disciplines in Russian and East European Studies (such as sociology, history, literature and culture studies); and they draw upon a wide variety of resources, to explore ways in which various media can be used to further our understanding of Russia's rich historical, sociopolitical and cultural heritage.
- Language courses are team-taught by native speakers of Russian and English-speakers with a superior command of Russian; these courses are supplemented by a carefully structured independent language-learning programme.
- There are separate language courses for beginners and post-A level students in the first two years of study.
Course content for year 1
- The first year provides you with an introduction to the full range of course options included within English linguistics and the basis for further and more specialised study. This diversity is essential in order to experience English language study at university level and make informed choices about your future course units. You will study 60 credits of English language (of your 120 credits in total) including units on the history of English, sounds of English and English grammar.
- During the first year of study, you develop crucial Russian language skills through dedicated grammar classes, language laboratory work, oral practice with a native-speaker lector and a programme of independent learning. Separate language pathways are offered for beginners, post A-level students, and native speakers of Russian.
- You also take a compulsory content course that is the first in our unique two-part series of core courses, which provide a thorough grounding in concepts and debates crucial to an understanding of Russian society and culture. Topics and themes introduced in these core courses are explored in depth in our optional content courses in subsequent years. As a result, these core courses also help you to make informed choices for theremainder of your studies based on your own particular interests.
Course content for year 2
- Course units build on first-year work, developing each subject area to provide a greater breadth and depth of experience. In the second year your study is more flexible. Four out of six units must be chosen: Introductions to Old, Middle and Modern English Language, American English and English dialects.
- You may choose upto a further 40 credits from a wide range of options, including Grammatical Semantics, Introduction to Syntactic Theory, Phonology and optional language course units or a free choice available from across the University.
- During the second year, you continue with your intensive study of Russian language and with the second in our compulsory core course series. You may also choose up to 2 additional modules from a range of optional courses in a range of areas (such as Russian culture and thought, literature and Polish language).
- Designed not just to underpin your studies at Manchester but also to prepare you for the compulsory year abroad, our Level Two core course focuses on St. Petersburg and its central role in Russian history, society and culture. In this course, you will study (through texts, images, film and music) numerous monuments and locales-from the Bronze Horseman to the world-famous Hermitage Museum-that you can then explore firsthand during your year abroad.
Course content for year 3
- Your third year of study is spent abroad under approved conditions.
- For further information on the year abroad please see the residence abroad webpage.
Course content for year 4
- By the final year your study is completely tailored to your own interests. You can write a dissertation on a subject of your choice. Your remaining courses can be chosen from over forty units, including English Grammar, English Phonology, English Names and Naming, English Verb Classes, and The Grammar of English Noun Phrases.
- Your compulsory studies will comprise of an advanced Russian language course
- Optional courses in subjects including Business Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet cinema, Russian popular culture, and Russian and Soviet politics round out your studies.
- Students may also choose to complete a dissertation, which is supervised by an appropriate member of staff within Russian and East European Studies. In researching and writing the dissertation, you explore in depth a subject of particular interest to you. The topic of your dissertation may be related to one of the final-year optional courses, but this is not obligatory.
Languages qualify you for a wide range of employment. Your high-level language skills will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (e.g. business, industry and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.
In our experience, many graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in England or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.
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- Graduates from The University of Manchester are amongst the highest paid in the country
- More employers recruit at The University of Manchester than at any other UK university
- The University of Manchester's Careers Service is consistently voted the best in the country by both students and employers
- The School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures is one of the largest and most diverse in the UK and has received the prestigious European Award for Languages from CiLT, the National Centre for Languages.
- The University hold open days twice a year (usually June and October) where you have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about the facilities and courses we offer.
- If your application is successful you will be invited to a visit day specifically for your area of study. On this day you will find out more about the School and its resources, meet members of staff and current students and discuss study aims and qualifications with admissions staff.
- We do not normally interview applicants. We make offers after carefully considering your UCAS application.
Selected entry requirements
A level: AAB-BBB incl. a modern foreign language
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AS level: Two AS-Levels may be accepted in place of the third A-Level.
Unit grade information: The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications. Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.
GCSE: Minimum grade C in English Language.
Key Skills qualification: The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.
31 - 36 points overall
Higher Level requirements - 6,6,5 - 5,5,5 including a modern foreign language
Irish Leaving Certificate: We welcome applications from students studying for this qualification and all such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Scottish Highers are accepted only in combination with Advanced Highers.
Scottish Advanced Highers:
AAB-BBB including a modern foreign language
Where a specified subject is not available at Advanced Higher level, an A-Level or equivalent is required.
A pass in the Welsh Baccalaureate is acceptable in combination with 2 A-Levels. Please see the section on A-Levels for relevant subject specific requirements.
European Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the University for further information.
Other international entry requirements: The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Applicants with BTEC qualifications are welcomed and are considered on an individual basis. Please see the sections on A-Level and GCSE entry requirements for subject specific qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Overall 60 credits are required with 45 at Merit grade at Level 3. Minimum of 15 credits in a modern foreign language. Where any subject is not available as part of the access course an A-level must be offered instead. They must also EITHER have GCSE English language (at Grade C or higher), OR be able to demonstrate achievement at Level 2 (GCSE-equivalent) by, for example, having 6 credits in English language at Level 2. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.
Advanced Placement tests: The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.
Advanced/Progression Diploma: The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published
Non-standard educational routes:
If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines
Candidates must be proficient in the English language, which is the language of instruction and examination at the university.Acceptable English Language qualifications include IELTS 6.5 (with no individual component below 5.5), CPE grade C, CAE Grade B or another equivalent
Advice to applicants
How your application is considered
Decisions are made on the basis of the application as a whole with a particular focus on educational acheivement and predicted grades.
The conditions of offers will be determined by an applicants predicted grades.
Returning to education
Teaching and learning
- You will be taught through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials. You will spend approximately 12 hours each week in formal study sessions. For every hour spent at University you will be expected to complete a further 2 - 3 hours independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.
- The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre
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