BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and German (QR40)

2022 entry
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UCAS code QR40
Application method UCAS
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees

Fees quoted are for 2021 entry only. Fees for 2022 will be confirmed, subject to government approval, later in 2021.

  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £20,100 per year
  • International students: £20,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course.

About BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and German

Our BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures degree offer an unmatched opportunity to study international cultural production in depth and breadth. You will study global literatures and cultures in comparative frameworks that draw on methodologies from textual, cultural and visual studies, as well as from translation, philosophy, history, social science and critical theory. Texts will be read in English translation.

Core units in years one and two currently include What is Comparative Literature and How Do We Practise It?; Introduction to Visual Cultures; Popular Representation and Institutions of Culture; Migrations of Culture. Additionally, you will have a wide choice of optional units based in the culture of a single language or a combination of cultures.

Your third year is spent in a German-speaking country, where you will undertake university study, a British Council assistantship or a work placement. You will follow a programme of study in German, developing linguistic skills enabling you to communicate easily in writing and orally. For more information about the year abroad visit Global Opportunities.

In year four you will complete an innovative supervised independent project, consisting of an extended essay on a topic of your choice and a public-facing element presented to the entire cohort (e.g. prospectus, interview, museum catalogue entries, newspaper article).

You will be taught by experts in the field and teaching is informed by staff research interests. Teaching is delivered in varied ways, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and one-to-one supervision. You will participate in small-group teaching and may be asked to give introductory talks to initiate discussion.

This programme encourages attributes highly valued by employers, including intercultural understanding, analytical and critical thinking, clarity and self confidence in communication, an aptitude for collaborative work and creativity. It will instil habits of curiosity, openness, rigour, self-reflection and evidence-based thinking, preparing you for careers in a variety of sectors.

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Typical offer for BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures and German - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAB including an Arts subject
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
BBB including an Arts subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an Arts subject
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
31 points overall with 15 at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in an Arts subject
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
Access to HE Diploma offerAccess to HE Diploma in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law or History (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include at least 21 credits at Distinction and 24 at Merit or above. Plus B in an Arts subject at A-level (or equivalent)

Mature students can contact to check the suitability of their Access course.
BTEC offer DDD in any Applied General BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, AND B in an Arts subject at A-level (or equivalent)
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AB including an Arts subject, and Standard Higher: AAABB
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer80% overall, with 8.0 in an Arts subject.
UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

Arts subjects include: Art and Design (all pathways); Ancient History; Anthropology; Archaeology; Classical Civilisation; Classics; Drama; English Literature; English Language-Literature; Film; French; German; Greek; History; History of Art; Italian; Latin; Media Studies; Music; Performance; Philosophy; Portuguese; Religious Studies; Russian; Spanish; Theatre Studies.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
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How we assess your application

Admissions statements relate to 2021 entry and will be updated for 2022 entry in summer 2021.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

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