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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
Cardiff
English

About this program

Chinese

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to develop and educate our students to become &global citizens;, in addition to developing high-level language skills. Our BA Chinese programme allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Chinese culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

China is founded on a rich and fascinating cultural history that stretches back thousands of years. It remains a major economic power as well as an innovator in the fast-moving automotive and electronic industries. By studying Chinese, you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

By studying Chinese you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a Mandarin-Chinese speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative thinking and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the both Chinese history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

AAB-ABB. Must include Biology (or Human Biology) or Chemistry. You will need to pass the science practical element of the A-level if this is part of your programme of study.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

  • II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.
  • III: at least a Pass in all components.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • China in Context
  • Life in China: A Practical Guide
  • Introduction to Translation Methods
  • Introduction to Translation Theory

Year two

  • Chinese Society Culture
  • Cultures in Context (Chinese)
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation

Year three: Sandwich year

  • Study Programme in China (Semester - Spring)
  • Study Programme in China (Semester & Autumn)

Year four

  • High-Level Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese Language

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students: £9,000 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £19,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme describe what you will be able to do as a result of your study at Cardiff University. They will help you to understand what is expected of you.

The Learning Outcomes for this Programme can be found below:

Knowledge Understanding:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate systematic knowledge and a critical comprehensive understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject area of chemistry. Specifically:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, both in English and Mandarin Chinese.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reach conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • the use of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and applying relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of China and Mandarin Chinese-speaking countries.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Career paths

Careers and placements

Career prospects

In 2016/17, 95% of the School;s graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School;s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

Placements

If you are interested in teaching you may have the possibility of completing an internship teaching language in a UK secondary school in your final year.

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