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Chinese (Modern) BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: T100

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

Typical A-level offer: ABB

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: No

Overview

Vast and diverse, China has become one of the world’s major economic powers and boasts a rich and varied cultural heritage. This degree offers you the chance to develop skills in an increasingly important world language while exploring China’s social, cultural, political and historical context.

Core modules will allow you to build your spoken and written Chinese, while a wide variety of optional modules will enable you to discover the aspects of Chinese politics, society and culture that interest you. You can even take modules covering the wider Asia Pacific region, such as Japanese literature, history and development in East Asia, or East Asian religions.

Leeds is one of the largest centres in Europe for East Asian Studies, so we can offer flexible and varied degrees that focus on modern cultures and societies – but don’t neglect their historical roots either. This degree will equip you with valuable language skills while giving you an insight into a fascinating country.

Specialist resources

With over fifty years of acquisitions, the Chinese collection housed in the beautiful Brotherton Library is one of the best collections of modern Chinese books in the country. The University Library also has impressive holdings of books in English about China, backed up by a wide range of digital materials.

As well as our great library resources, Leeds has state-of-the-art facilities to support language students. Our fully equipped Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

If you’re interested in translation studies, we offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. What’s more, if you’d like to explore a career in interpreting you can get a taste of this in our Interpreter Training Suites.

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Course content

Core modules in your first year will give you a firm foundation in basic Chinese language skills, while your choice of optional modules will allow you to explore different areas of Chinese culture – such as cinema and the history of Imperial China – and the wider Asia Pacific, such as East Asian religious traditions or Japanese cultural history.

You’ll then build on these skills by spending a year at a university in China, immersing yourself in the local culture to get a sense of life in the country. It will give you a new perspective on your studies for when you return to Leeds, combining advanced language study with an even broader range of cultural modules.

Throughout this, you will be developing valuable critical and research skills – and in your final year, you’ll be able to put these into practice in your independently researched dissertation.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Basic Chinese Language 1 20 credits
Basic Chinese Language 2 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

History and Culture of Imperial China 20 credits
Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century 10 credits
Japan in War and Peace 10 credits
Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in China 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

China Since 1979 20 credits
Chinese 2A: Grammar and Readings 20 credits
Chinese 2B: Media and Communication 20 credits

Optional modules

Japan's International Relations 20 credits
The Making of Modern Thailand 20 credits
Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought 20 credits
An Introduction to Cantonese (1) 10 credits
Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits

Optional modules

Religion in China 20 credits
Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China 20 credits
Modern Documentary Chinese: Politics and Law 10 credits
Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development 10 credits
Women and Family in Chinese Society 20 credits
Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present 20 credits
Korea: Politics, Economy and International Relations 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Chinese (Modern) BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a number of different learning styles so you can benefit from the expertise of your tutors. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are the main methods we use, but workshops are also used in some cases.

However, independent study is a key part of your course – it allows you to develop your research skills to find relevant information, and encourages you to think critically about the material in front of you. Leeds has excellent library resources to help you manage this, and the University Library runs a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of it.

Assessment

Different types of assessment are also used. Exams and essays are the most common, but in some modules you may also be assessed on group work or oral presentations. We offer plenty of support to help you handle this and offer extra classes on issues such as exam technique, public speaking and structuring essays throughout your time at Leeds.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

GCSE: 4/C in a foreign language

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. Grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

  • BTEC

    BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    M1, M1, M1

  • International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 77%


Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

The UK government has also confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in Chinese will give you valuable communication skills in one of the world’s most highly sought languages, as well as deep cultural awareness. That will open a number of doors into a range of different careers, both within China and around the world.

However, it will also equip you with valuable transferable skills that are highly sought by all kinds of employers. You’ll be able to work independently and research topics thoroughly, critically reflecting on what you have found and drawing your own conclusions – which you’ll then be able to clearly present and defend.

As a result, graduates have gone into a range of careers in business, journalism, publishing, diplomacy, tourism, teaching, broadcasting, overseas aid work, PR and language-based roles such as translation and interpreting. They work around the world, throughout China, Hong Kong and Taiwan but also across East Asia, the UK, Europe and the United States.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Residence abroad

After your first year you’ll have the opportunity to spend a year studying at a university in either Taiwan or mainland China.

You’ll take language courses provided by our partner universities, a great opportunity to improve your spoken and written Chinese. But for many, it’s the highlight of their course because of the opportunity it gives them to be surrounded by Chinese culture and get a real sense of life in the country.

Read more about Residence Abroad in East Asian Studies

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