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Chinese and International Business BA (Full time) 2018 start

Key facts

UCAS code: 1E81

Start date: September 2018

Duration/Mode
4 years full time

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: No

Overview

This varied degree will allow you to develop Chinese language skills and gain an understanding of global business management. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge of Chinese, although if you do we can normally accommodate your needs.

Core modules will develop your written and spoken Chinese as well as introducing you to key issues in international business management. Then you’ll build on these by selecting from optional modules that allow you to pursue your interests, from the political economy of East Asia and transnational corporations to contemporary Chinese literature. You could even look at Japanese politics or Buddhism.

China is one of the world’s biggest economic powers, and its language is increasingly important for business. This degree will allow you to become proficient in Chinese and understand how businesses run profitable, sustainable and competitive foreign operations. But you’ll also see the world from a fresh perspective and discover a unique culture.

Specialist resources

With over fifty years of acquisitions, the Chinese collection housed in the 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.

Accreditation

Our International Business degrees are accredited by the Institute of Export which allows you to acquire an exporting qualification after your studies and strengthens your job prospects in international trade.

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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.

You’ll spend your first year studying core modules that introduce you to the principles of international business management, as well as developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in Chinese. You’ll also have a choice of optional modules exploring elements of Chinese and East Asian culture and study one of our Cornerstone modules, helping to bring the two subjects together.

It’s all preparing you for the following year, which you’ll spend studying at a Chinese university to deepen your cultural awareness and improve your language skills. When you return you’ll have a new perspective to bring to your studies.

Over the next two years, you’ll balance advanced language classes with core modules on topics such as management in international business and the global economy. A bigger variety of optional modules will allow you to follow your own interests in topics as broad as Chinese history, Cantonese, Asia-Pacific politics and Sino-Japanese relations.

In your final year, you can specialise in an international business topic of your choice when you apply your skills to a 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
Personal Tutorials for International Business 10 credits
Principles of International Business 20 credits
Global Entrepreneurship 10 credits
IT for LCS Students 5 credits
Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Year Abroad in China 120 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Chinese 2A 20 credits
Chinese 2B 20 credits
Research Methods in International Business 20 credits
Managing International Business 20 credits

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
International Business Dissertation 40 credits
International Strategic Management 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Chinese and International Business 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 and encourages you to think critically about the material in front of you.

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 - you’ll be able to attend 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: AAB

excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.

GCSE: 6/B 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. Grade 6/B in Mathematics and grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE are required. An interview and a piece of written work may be 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.

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 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

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 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 Joint Honours degree in Chinese and International Business equips you with a wide range of skills.

You’ll have a thorough understanding of international business management, and be able to communicate in a major world language. But you’ll also have transferable skills such as teamwork, presentation, research and analysis. Spending a year abroad will demonstrate that you’re independent, adaptable and resilient, and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two different subjects. All of these qualities are valued by employers.

Graduates have pursued a wide range of careers in management, business and finance, marketing, journalism, education and the civil service among others. Many have also gone on to postgraduate study or further training in language-specific areas such as translation or 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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