BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures (Q200)

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UCAS code Q200
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £21,100 per year
  • International students: £21,100 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
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Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course

About BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures

BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures offers an exciting opportunity to study a wealth of international cultural production in depth and breadth.

You will study the literatures and cultures of the world 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.

In the first two years you will study core units such as: What is Comparative Literature and How Do We Practise It?; Introduction to Visual Cultures; Popular Representation and Institutions of Culture; and Migrations of Culture.

In year three 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, catalogue, teaching materials.

Additionally, you will have a wide choice of optional units based in either the culture of a single language or a combination of cultures. Units are informed by staff research interests and you will be taught by experts in their fields.

Teaching is delivered through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and one-to-one project supervision. Assessments may include presentations, essays, commentaries, exams, collaborative projects, debates, case study explorations, reports and dissertations. 

This programme encourages a range of attributes that are highly valued by employers, such as intercultural understanding, analytical and critical thinking, clarity and self confidence in communication, an aptitude for collaborative work, and creativity.

The course will instil habits of curiosity, openness, rigour, self reflection and evidence-based thinking, which will prepare you for a flexible career across a wide variety of sectors.

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Typical offer for BA Comparative Literatures and Cultures - 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)

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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
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International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

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

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