Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:English and Russian (Beginners)
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: A in English at A level and normally an A in a language at GCSE.
IB score: 32 (6 in English at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 32 for all joint honours courses in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies.
Campus: University Park Campus
On this course you will devote half your time to English and half to the study of Russian language, culture and history. In Russian, you will follow an intensive language course and in the final year of your degree you will reach the same level of linguistic competence as fellow students who studied Russian at A level or its equivalent.
In English studies you will take several core modules which will familiarise you with the study of English literature at degree level. In Russian, you will take special language modules which will take you to approximately A level standard alongside modules in Russian culture, history, cinema and literature. Most students attend a language course in St Petersburg in the summer vacation.
In English, you will take further core modules in English language and modern literature. You will also have the opportunity to take modules which focus on one specific literary period in English literature. In Russian, you will take language modules leading up to the year abroad and further options in literary and cultural studies.
Year three is spent in Russia where you study at a University or Language School and may gain some work experience in the private or voluntary sector.
You will have the same wide range of final-year options in English as single honours students. In Russian, you apply your language skills in high-level modules, including employment-related ones. You will also apply the skills and knowledge acquired earlier in the course to specialised modules on topics in which you have become particularly interested. There are optional fast-track modules for learning Serbian/Croatian and Slovene.
See also the School of English.
A levels: ABB, including A in English and A in a language at GCSE
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 67 (minimum score 67)
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Beginners' Russian A
Beginners' Russian B
Typical year-two modules
Typical year-three modules
The year abroad is spent in Russia where you study at a University or Language School and may gain some work experience in the private or voluntary sector.
Please see the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
Russian for Business Situations
Typical optional modules
Language and Context
Studying Modern Literature
Building Sovietness: Russian Culture under Lenin and Stalin
Dostoevskii's Classic Fiction
Medieval Englishes: Variation and Continuity
Ice and Fire: Myths and Heroes of the North
The Twentieth Century: Forms in Transition
By the end of this course you will have reached a high level of proficiency in Russian and be able to use the language in increasingly complex contexts, including employment-related situations. Your international experience will prove to employers that you are adaptable, independent and able to cope in challenging situations. Your transferable skills will include the ability to communicate effectively, think independently and construct a logical argument.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies was £16,928 and for the full-time graduates of the School of English it was £17,645.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
Careers Support and Advice
Studying for a degree at The University of Nottingham will provide you with the type of skills and experiences that will prove invaluable in any career, whichever direction you decide to take. Throughout your time with us, our Careers and Employability Service can work with you to improve your employability skills even further; assisting with job or course applications, searching for appropriate work experience placements and hosting events to bring you closer to a wide range of prospective employers.
Have a look at our Careers page for an overview of all the employability support and opportunities that we provide to current students.
Key Information Sets (KIS)
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students are assessed in their language skills and cultural understanding, developed during their time abroad.
Assessment for Russian studies forms part of the final year core language module R83112 (Advanced Russian). Assessment is via a presentation and contributes 10% of the overall module mark.