Teaching and learning in 2020/21

In order to prioritise the safety of students and staff, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning. For more details on changes to this course, see our undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK/EU Fees £1,540 *
International Fees £2,340 *
Duration 5 years

* Price per 20-credit module

Course summary

Our Chinese and English Literature BA will equip you with the skills you need to become a competent linguist ready to enter graduate employment. Our course places particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context of language learning, offering high-quality teaching in all language skills and a thorough knowledge of the way language is used in real-life situations.

The course will develop your Mandarin Chinese reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in a culturally-aware style, giving you the ability to thrive linguistically in diverse cultural situations. You'll 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.

In English Literature you'll have the opportunity to examine literary and non-literary works of all periods, from Shakespeare to the present day, taking in a wide range of authors and themes, with a full and balanced coverage of dramatic, poetic and prose works. You'll consider the wider historical and political contexts in which cultural and literary works have been produced and received, and relate the works both to intellectual history and to work in other arts and media, such as architecture and the visual arts. You'll also have the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of textual, cultural and literary analysis in detail.

You'll have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, in an approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language. A year abroad will not only improve your language skills but also contribute to your employability, encourage intercultural awareness, and build confidence.

Our Chinese courses are only available to beginner or intermediate entrants – intermediate entrants are students who have obtained or might be studying for an A level in Chinese, or who might have achieved the equivalent of HSK Chinese Proficiency Test Level 3. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Learn real-world language skills – our authentic teaching, which focuses on language in a cultural context, equips you for real-life situations in the Chinese-speaking world
  • Study literature in the heart of London – discover a historic literary city with centuries of literature to uncover and explore
  • Practise your language skills – spend a year abroad perfecting your language skills in a Chinese-speaking country
  • Academic support – individually focused academic support through our tutorial modules ensures you'll get the most out of your course

Course structure

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations, and critical analysis.

The contents of this course are the same, whether you study full-time or part-time. Please note, Level 4 corresponds to Year 1 of the full-time version of the course, Level 5 corresponds to Year 2, Level 6 corresponds to Year 3.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Chinese World and the Word
  • What is Literature?

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Culture (s) and Conflict (s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution Across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Chinese Culture
  • Making Memory: Culture, History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Language Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film
  • Travel Sickness: Narratives of Exploration and Disaster
  • The Novel
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Between Levels 4 and 5 you'll have the option to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, in an approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language.

Subjects of study include:

  • Developing Career Competencies for Linguists
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
  • Fiction after 1950
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Issues in Culture
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Satire and the City
  • Sexualities in Literature and Culture
  • Special Topic
  • The Modernist World
  • Themes in Contemporary Chinese Studies
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern

Credit Level 6

Professional recognition

The University of Westminster is a Higher Education Language partner of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

World
International experience

Develop your language skills in a real-world setting with a year studying, working or volunteering in a Chinese-speaking country.

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Improve your employability

Mandarin Chinese is one of the top five languages employers look for.

Source: CBI/Pearson report 2019

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

As part of the degree, you'll have the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or, depending on your language level, in an approved form of employment in a Chinese-speaking country, enabling you to develop your language skills in a real-world setting. You may have the opportunity to work as a paid language assistant in a foreign school or undertake a work (or volunteering) placement, both of which provide valuable opportunities to boost employability while improving language competence.

Job roles

The course prepares you for roles in a range of sectors including:

  • Advertising, marketing or PR
  • Business or finance
  • Interpreting or translation
  • Law
  • Media and journalism
  • Public sector work
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

Graduate employers

Previous graduates have found roles in companies including:

  • Cineworld
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Home Office
  • HSBC
  • Kodak

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Why study this course?

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Practise with a native speaker

You'll have free access to Chatterbox – an online and in-person programme that links language learners with refugee language teachers, allowing you to develop your language skills with a native speaker.

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International experience

Immerse yourself in the language and improve your knowledge and understanding of the culture by participating in a year studying or working in a Chinese-speaking country.

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A literary city

Study English literature in the heart of London - a historic literary city and home to some of the world's most celebrated writers.

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Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to ABB
  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D*
  • Access – 104 to 128 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher Level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We are ideally looking for evidence of successful language learning, formal or informal, in the applicant’s personal statement, but please note that these courses are designed for students only at Beginners or Intermediate level in Chinese and we may need to test you to determine your language level.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process.

  • International Baccalaureate – 27 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £1,540 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget for about £50 in each year for additional materials.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £2,340 (Price per 20-credit module)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget for about £50 in each year for additional materials.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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Scheduled hours Independent study

How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019-20

Studying at Regent Campus

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

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