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Undergraduate Available in Clearing

BA Chinese Studies

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of China. And have the unforgettable experience of living there for a year.​

Key information

Study mode

Full-time

Course length

4 years

Entry requirements

N/A

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UCAS code

T100

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Start date

Course overview

Mandarin Chinese is by far the most commonly spoken language on Earth. Boost your position in the global employment market by exploring the hugely influential language and culture of this powerful nation.

The knowledge you gain will only increase in value as China continues on its path to becoming the largest economy in the world.

There are few courses that give you the chance to travel to China to live and study or work among its people. As well as being a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the trip gives you the opportunity to improve both your language skills and your career prospects.

Apply now through clearing

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6 reasons to study Chinese Studies at Hull

  1. Spend a life-changing full year in China
  2. Support from a dedicated tutor during your trip
  3. 92% graduate employability rating*
  4. Benefit from the latest language-learning software
  5. Opt to gain a TESOL teaching qualification
  6. Buddy system pairs you with a native speaker

What you'll study

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

First year modules

You’ll undertake two core language modules at either beginners/improvers or advanced level.

  • Compulsory

    Chinese Language 1

    In each year, you’ll undertake two core Chinese language modules at either beginners and improvers or advanced level. Beginners and improvers level is for those without an A level in languages. You'll start from scratch, learning Chinese with an emphasis on key structures and intensive practice. If you have an A level, you'll study at advanced level and begin to move confidently as you attain real-world language skills and explore various ways to apply these.

    Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture

    Ancient Chinese History and Culture: From Prehistory to Early Empire

    What do the Great Wall and the Terracotta Army have in common? How did Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism emerge as the three main schools of thought and eventually come to shape governance, arts, science and literature in China? Exploring the diversity of arts, cultures and identities, this module examines the rise and decline of Chinese dynasties from the prehistoric period to the end of Tang in 907 AD.

    Chinese Language 2

    At beginners and improvers level, still working with native speakers, experienced teachers and language experts, you’ll already be able to look back and see a steady climb as you gain in confidence and proficiency, with more of our dedicated interaction and feedback. At advanced level you'll build on the ground gained in trimester 1 to apply your practical language skills in a range of contexts. 

    Chinese Art: Forms and Aesthetics

    Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

Second year modules

  • Compulsory

    Presenting and Representing the Past

    Can you trust history and historical facts? Is one person’s truth another person’s lie? In this module, you will compare the way the past has been presented and used by rulers, novelists, film-makers, and artists in a variety of cultures and languages. You'll explore further, the notions of memory, authenticity and changes within history and cultures.

    Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

    This module puts cultural representations of European and Chinese cities in conversation using a variety of forms including cinema, art and literature amongst others. This illustrates how and why contemporary cities and their societies are interpreted and imagined, allowing us to engage with them in new, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

    Chinese Language 3

    Engage in intensive practice, group work, grammar revision, and the development of core skills such as translation. You’ll work with your teachers to ensure you’re reaching a professionally recognised standard, no matter at what level you began your studies.

    Chinese Language 4

    Here, the practice continues in each language area with intensified emphasis on idiomatic, colloquial and formal registers in different social and cultural contexts. There is also a distinct emphasis on preparation for your time abroad in a Chinese-speaking country.

  • Optional

    Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a foreign language. This module is especially relevant if you are considering spending your year abroad as a teaching assistant.

    CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching, leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management, as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

    Translating Text Types

    You'll explore the translation of both technical and creative texts, looking at how you can meet your readers’ needs and expectations.

    Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

    America's Wars in Asia

    The USA fought four major wars in Eastern Asia during the twentieth century: the Philippine-American War 1899-1902, the Pacific War 1941-45, the Korean War 1950-53 and the Vietnam War 1965-72. More recently, it has become involved in military ventures in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.

    This module looks back over the troubled relationship between Asia and the USA from the perspective of the key concepts that have influenced US foreign policy in the 20th century.

Year abroad modules

You'll spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in China. It gives you a fantastic opportunity to experience Chinese culture and society while improving your language skills.

Final year modules

  • Compulsory

    Languages and Cultures Dissertation

    Hone your research, critical, analytical, writing, and independent study skills by working on a modern languages topic related to your programme of study. With input from your subject supervisor, you select your chosen area and conduct research to produce a final dissertation in your specialism.

    Chinese Language 5

    Back from your time in a Chinese-speaking country, the focus here is the consolidation of structures and grammar, as well as the serious development of skills in areas like translation, interpreting, textual exegesis or subtitling.

    Chinese Language 6

    Building on all your work and experience to date, we’ll help to set you on your way to fluent professional and social use of Chinese. This final module will help you become a career-ready global citizen, able to interact in a range of contexts and on multiple platforms.

  • Optional

    Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

    Language Learning and Teaching

    Following on from the Introduction to Language Teaching module, you'll look at specific approaches to language teaching in more depth. This module is especially relevant if you are considering doing a PGCE or other formal language teacher training after completing your degree.

    CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of the integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

    Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change. This will enable you to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries you are studying and 'real' life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

    Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

How you'll study

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Overall workload

264 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

936 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

35%
24%
41%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

15%
27%
58%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

1200 hours

Work placement Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Indicative assessment proportions

100%
  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Overall workload

240 hours

Scheduled study Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions.

960 hours

Independent study Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently.

Indicative assessment proportions

16%
24%
60%
  • Examination

    Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

  • Practical

    Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

  • Coursework

    Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

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Entry Requirements

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We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

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During Clearing we look at all of your qualifications and experience, not just your academic grades – you’re more than just letters on a page!

Some courses still do have requirements such as previous study in your subject area, or specific GCSE grades. Others have additional requirements such as an interview or a satisfactory DBS check.

Please call us now on 01482 462236 to find out if we have a course that’s suitable for you.

Don't meet our requirements?

We offer a Foundation Year to boost your skills and knowledge – it’s a great way to make your way into higher education.

Switch to the foundation year

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

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Take a tour of the facilities

Chinese Studies students enjoy 24/7 access to the recently-restored Brynmor Jones Library and its language learning facilities.

Fees & funding

Home / EU

£9,250 per year*

International

£14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

Attainment
Scholarship

If you achieve

112 UCAS tariff points

from three A levels or equivalent, you could receive a reward of

£1,200

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An affordable city for students

From bills, to meals, to pints – you’ll find that your money goes a lot further in Hull.

Your future prospects

  • Interpreter
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Translator
  • Journalist
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Private tutor

Mandarin Chinese is the most commonly spoken language in the world. Your skills will leave you equipped for a range of career options in almost any sector in which communication plays an important part. Potential career paths include marketing, diplomacy and business.

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*Percentage of modern languages students in work or further study within six months of graduating: UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by HESA 2018

†A qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) opens the door to travel and employment after graduation