Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Chinese in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking). You will study Chinese language, culture and linguistics in an integrated and interdisciplinary way, exploring the connections between them and the broader historical and cross-cultural contexts that frame their study. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. 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 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.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas.

You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Chinese, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Chinese culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

The Linguistics component of your combined degree will develop your understanding and knowledge of language to an advanced and sophisticated level, while fostering and enhancing your skills in using English. This degree offers a rare combination of formal language study and theoretical approaches to discourse analysis, alongside an opportunity to learn about the history of the English language and the ways in which it currently varies around the British Isles and the world as a global language.

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 projects, and critical analysis.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Course structure

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

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Chinese World and the Word
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Exploring Language
  • Intercultural Communication: An Introduction
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Language Myths

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Expressions of Chinese Culture
  • Language, Structure and Meaning
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution across World Cultures
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Language and Literary Style
  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Transnational Issues and Local Cultures on Film

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Themes in Chinese Studies
  • Dissertation/Professional Project
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and across Diasporic Spaces
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Developing Career Competencies for Linguists
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language and Power
  • Language Form
  • Studies in Literary Language

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to 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 Plus Electives.

Professional recognition

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

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BCC
  • 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

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

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English.

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

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.

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

 

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points

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

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

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 between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50-£100 at Level 5 and £50-£100 at Level 6.

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

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

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 between £50-£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50-£100 at Level 5 and £50-£100 at Level 6.

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

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

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