Modern Languages: Chinese and Global Communication BA Honours
View course-specific entry requirements
TYPICAL OFFER for September 2017
|International Baccalaureate||28 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction|
GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.
All applicants should be able to present evidence of successful modern foreign language learning but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or False Beginners level in Chinese and we may need to test you to determine your language level.
This Modern Languages degree is designed to develop your knowledge, use and understanding of the Chinese language and culture, along with the skills needed for effective communication in the professional global environment.
The course enables you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Chinese in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and demonstrate a good or high degree of proﬁciency in mediating between Chinese and English.
You will be able to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations, and acquire qualities and skills in areas such as interpersonal communication and organisational skills, ﬂexibility and tolerance, analysis and argument, autonomy and team working, and team management. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our Chinese courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read and write a limited number of Chinese characters, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.
You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign language skills in all areas. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.
Teaching and learning takes place through a combination of formal lectures, seminars and practical workshops; guided self-study and preparation; and exposure to professionally relevant simulations and real-work environments. Much of your learning will take place during independent study, individually and in groups, in the well-resourced and recently refurbished library, at home and via the online learning provision.
Assessment methods include in-class coursework, essays and projects, presentations, and oral and unseen written exams.
An exciting option on this course is a year spent studying abroad. This is designed to enhance your language skills and allows you to experience the culture of the language you are studying. Usually you are placed in universities with which we have formal exchange agreements, and follow a programme of study agreed beforehand. The option of working as a language assistant in secondary schools abroad also exists for those whose ﬁrst language is English, and some shorter placements are available.
We currently have exchange agreements with universities in the European Union and beyond. Some of these are particularly unusual and exciting. For example, students of Spanish may go to Argentina as well as Spain, and students of French could go to Canada and Belgium as well as France. The arrangements for the year abroad may vary considerably from year to year due to factors beyond the University’s control, but we do guarantee an appropriate placement for every student enrolled on this course.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
- Interpersonal Global Communication: Concepts and Strategies
- Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
- Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
- The Chinese World and the Word
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
- Expressions of Chinese Culture
- Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
- Screening Memory through Food, Music and Childhood
- Complex Narratives: Representation, Meaning and Identity
- Transposing Current Affairs through Multilingual e-Collaboration
- Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Developing Career Competences for Linguists
- Dissertation/Professional Project
- Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
- Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
- Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
- People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
- Professionalising Global Communication
- Themes in Contemporary Chinese Studies
The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over six to eight years.
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Languages - why Westminster?
Social Sciences and Humanities
We offer an exciting breadth of activity across the Social Sciences, Law and the Arts and Humanities. We are one of the country's biggest providers of Modern and Applied Language tuition.
The Regent Campus Experience
Find out from students what our Regent campus has to offer.