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Chinese and Economics BA 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: LT11

Start date: September 2018

4 years

Typical A-level offer: AAB

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: Yes


The past few decades have seen China expand and evolve into one of the world’s biggest economies. This exciting degree will allow you to learn Chinese from scratch and gain an understanding of economic issues in business and society.

Core modules will build your language skills from beginners’ level, although we can usually accommodate you if you already have some knowledge of Chinese. You’ll also cover the history, theory and mathematical background of economics.

Beyond this, you’ll be able to choose from an impressive range of optional modules in both subjects, covering different aspects of economics as well as the literature, cinema, social issues, politics and history of China and the East Asia region.

From the economics of transport and labour to East Asian religions, Chinese visual culture and Sino-Japanese relations, our degrees offer a wide variety of choice. This degree is a great opportunity to gain a broad base of skills and get to know a fascinating culture.

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

A Joint Honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each Single Honours course, but you’ll take fewer options and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

In your first year you’ll take intensive language classes to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Chinese alongside core modules in economic theory and history. You’ll also improve your mathematical skills and choose from optional modules exploring Chinese history and the religious traditions of East Asia.

Ultimately this year will equip you with language skills and cultural understanding as preparation for the following year, when you’ll study at a Chinese university. You’ll come back with improved Chinese skills, a new perspective and insight into life in China, which you can bring to the rest of your studies.

Over the final two years of your degree, you’ll take advanced language classes and continue to explore topics such as macroeconomics and microeconomics. But you’ll also benefit from a diverse selection of optional modules in both subjects - from Chinese business, fiction and drama to Japanese international relations, via environmental economics and international trade. You’ll also demonstrate the research and analytical skills you’ve acquired in your own independent research project.

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
Economics and Global History 10 credits
Economic Theory and Applications 1 20 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits

Optional modules

History and Culture of Early Imperial China 10 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in China 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Chinese 2A 20 credits
Chinese 2B 20 credits
Intermediate Microeconomics 10 credits
Economics Research Methods 10 credits
Intermediate Macroeconomics 10 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
Final year project

For more information on typical modules, read Chinese and Economics 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

The School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and Leeds University Business School are both home to tutors who are experts in their fields.

So that you can benefit from their knowledge and experience, we use a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. However, we attach a lot of importance to independent study, since this is where you really develop your skills in research and analysis.


We also use different forms of assessment. They usually include exams and essays, but oral presentations and group work may also be assessed in some modules. Support will be available throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as public speaking, exam technique and how to structure an essay.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAB

excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking

GCSE: 7/A in Mathematics and 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. An interview and a piece of written work may be required. Grade 7/A in Mathematics and grade C in a foreign language at GCSE are also required.

  • BTEC

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

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, M1, M1

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 5 in Mathematics and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AAAABB 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: 80%

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 ABB at A Level (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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: BBB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


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.

Improve your English

If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

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


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

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250. 

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 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 the 2019/20 academic year 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 Joint Honours degree in Chinese and Economics will equip you with fluency in a major world language, as well as cultural awareness and an in-depth understanding of economic issues around the world. All of this can open doors to a wide range of careers in the UK, East Asia and elsewhere.

You’ll also have a very broad base of transferable skills. You’ll be numerate with analytical, research and teamwork skills, as well as being an excellent communicator. Juggling two subjects will allow you to gain organisational skills, and spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent, confident and adaptable.

This means that graduates are very attractive to employers. They’ve gone on to work in business and finance, the civil service, management, law, journalism, the media and education. Others have gone onto postgraduate training or specialised training in language-based roles such as translation and interpreting.

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 mainland China or Taiwan.

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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