Chinese Combinations BSc

Learn Mandarin in Birmingham alongside history, international relations, sociology or politics and get the in-demand language skills that employers are looking for with a BSc Chinese Combinations degree at Aston University.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

 

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement option only available for international students. 

UCAS code(s)

See course outline

Start date

The following courses are available through Clearing:

  • VT01 – History and Mandarin Chinese
  • LT01 – International Relations and Mandarin Chinese
  • LT03 – Politics and Mandarin Chinese
  • LT02 – Sociology and Mandarin Chinese

Call 0800 917 5923 or apply online.

Entry requirements:

A Level: CCC 

BTEC UnRef: DDM | BTEC Ref: DMM

GCSEs at C/4 in English and Maths

Overview
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Course outline and modules

UCAS Codes

VT01 – History and Mandarin Chinese

LT01 – International Relations and Mandarin Chinese

LT03 – Politics and Mandarin Chinese

LT02 – Sociology and Mandarin Chinese
 

What you’ll learn

You don’t need to have any previous experience of studying Chinese to take this course. We’ll give you lots of support so that by the end of the four-year degree, you’ll have developed a vocabulary of at least 1250 characters. Teaching on this course is almost exclusively in Chinese to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and intellectual adaptability that employers need.

Unlike other universities, where language or language and culture are prioritised, at Aston, the focus will be on language and business to meet the needs of global employers. You’ll learn about the Chinese economy, its position in the global market and how business terms are expressed in Chinese, enabling you to communicate effectively with people across a range of industries.

In your third year, you’ll spend an integrated placement year either working or studying in a Mandarin speaking region, to increase your fluency, enhance your cultural awareness and add further value to your degree.

A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities and in your second year we’ll make sure you’re ready to get the most from this opportunity. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time Careers and Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. Click here for more information on post-work visas.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage. 

Single honours Chinese is not currently offered at Aston, so you can take the subject in combination with history, international relations, politics or sociology.

Modules

BSc History and Mandarin Chinese (Beginner) UCAS code: VT01
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
  • Introduction to China
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters I
  • Global History in Perspective
  • Making Histories I: Methods, Theories, Controversies
  • Contemporary Britain: from the Boer War to Brexit
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
  • International Business and Markets (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters II
  • Case Studies in Global History
  • Making Histories II: Oral and Digital Methods

 

Optional modules:

  • Humanitarian Action and Foreign Intervention, 1915 – today
  • The Atlantic World: Slavery and Emancipation
  • History of Internationalism: From Karl Marx to Greta Thunberg
Year 3 

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a Mandarin-speaking country.

 

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
  • Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters III
  • History Workshop
  • Dissertation (History)
BSc International Relations and Mandarin Chinese (Beginner) UCAS code: LT01
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
  • Introduction to China
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters I
  • Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International Relations
  • Introduction to the European Union

 

Optional modules:

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • What's Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
  • International Business and Markets (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters II
  • International Relations: Theories
  • Critical Approaches to Security Studies

 

Optional modules:

  • West European Politics and Society
  • Russian and East European Politics and Society
  • North American Politics and Society
  • East Asian Politics and Society: China and Japan
  • South Asian Politics and Society
  • International Relations in Political Thought
  • Security Studies: Theories and Issues
  • The Politics and Policies of the European Union
  • International Political Economy
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a Mandarin-speaking country.

 

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
  • Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters III
  • Research Skills and International Relations Dissertation

 

Optional modules:

  • A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
  • African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
  • American in the World
  • The American Presidency
  • BRICS and Emerging Power Shifts in World Politics
  • Chinese Politics and Society
  • Conflict and Intervention
  • Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
  • Diplomacy and Soft Power
  • Ethics and International Relations
  • EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
  • Gender and Politics
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying
  • International Institutions
  • Nationalism and Political Power
  • Political Communication
  • Leaders and Leadership: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
  • Politics and Islam: Past and Present
  • Politics and Protest in a Globalised World
  • Politics of Development
  • Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
  • Sport and Politics
  • The International Relations of East Asia
  • The Populist Radical Right in Europe
  • Understanding Foreign Policy
  • Debates in Contemporary British Politics
  • Changing Patterns of Warfare
  • Intelligence Agencies and the Modern World - MI6, CIA and ISI
  • Political Parties
BSc Politics and Mandarin Chinese (Beginner) UCAS code: LT03
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
  • Introduction to China
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters I
  • Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics
  • British Politics since 1990

 

Optional modules:

  • The Making of the Modern World
  • Introduction to the European Union
  • What's Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
  • International Business and Markets (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters II
  • Political Theories and Ideologies
  • Comparative Government and Politics

 

Optional modules:

  • West European Politics and Society
  • Russian and East European Politics and Society
  • North American Politics and Society
  • East Asian Politics and Society: China and Japan
  • South Asian Politics and Society
  • The Politics and Policies of the European Union
  • Introduction to Political Economy: Institutions and Rational Choice
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a Mandarin-speaking country.

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
  • Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters III
  • Research Skills and Politics Dissertation

 

Optional modules:

  • A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
  • African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
  • American in the World
  • The American Presidency
  • BRICS and Emerging Power Shifts in World Politics
  • Chinese Politics and Society
  • Conflict and Intervention
  • Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
  • Diplomacy and Soft Power
  • Ethics and International Relations
  • EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
  • Gender and Politics
  • Interest Groups and Lobbying
  • International Institutions
  • Nationalism and Political Power
  • Political Communication
  • Leaders and Leadership: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
  • Politics and Islam: Past and Present
  • Politics and Protest in a Globalised World
  • Politics of Development
  • Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
  • Sport and Politics
  • The International Relations of East Asia
  • The Populist Radical Right in Europe
  • Understanding Foreign Policy
  • Debates in Contemporary British Politics
  • Changing Patterns of Warfare
  • Intelligence Agencies and the Modern World - MI6, CIA and ISI
  • Political Parties
BSc Sociology and Mandarin Chinese (Beginner) UCAS code: LT02
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) I
  • Introduction to China
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters I
  • Introduction to Social Theory
  • Becoming a Social Scientist
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) II
  • International Business and Markets (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters II
  • Advanced Social Theory
  • Research Methods

 

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Global Society
  • Embodiment and Feminist Theory
  • Media and Society
  • Kith and Kin
  • The Social Life of Stuff
  • Crime, Subversion and Injustice
  • Racisms
  • Contested Cities
  • Welfare States and Welfare Change
  • Organising for Social Justice
Year 3

Integrated placement year - find out more about the Aston placement year.

Students must undertake a 1 year work and/or study placement in a Mandarin-speaking country.

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Mandarin Chinese Language Skills (Ab Initio) III
  • Perspectives in International Business (Mandarin)
  • Mandarin Chinese Characters III
  • Dissertation (Sociology)

 

Optional modules:

  • Work, Organisations and Society
  • Bodies, Power and Resistance
  • Contemporary Social Movements
  • Pregnancy and Politics
  • Education and Digital Society
  • Religion and Society
  • Corporate Power in a Globalised World
  • Migration, Borders and Belonging
  • Health Policy
  • The Challenges of Climate Change
  • Community Engagement

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels. General Studies accepted.

BBC in 3 A Level subjects

BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme*

We welcome applications from students who have tried to improve their examination grades by taking resits. We treat these applications in exactly the same way as other applications.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

BTEC

BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM  

BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A Level

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A Level.

IB

29 points overall with grades 5, 5, 4 in 3 higher level subjects

Standard level Maths and English 5 required. 

Access to HE & other 

Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A level grade B in French or equivalent.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

GCSE 

GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.  

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. With the courses being taught in Chinese, our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad.

Study skills

There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a personal tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies.

To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in online student guides and module handouts, which include full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year.

Assessment

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your final year. Exams take place in January and May/June. Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed course specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Personal development

Our degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.

The year abroad provides genuine practical work experience to add to your CV, which will further boost your employability.

Course Directors

Dr Claudia Gremler (Languages)

Dr Ilaria Scaglia (History)

Dr Yaprak Gursoy (Politics and International Relations)

Dr Tom Mills (Sociology)

 

Frequently asked questions

Why should I study Chinese at Aston?

Aston is a great place to study languages. Modern Languages and Linguistics at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian, 2020).

Do I need to have studied Chinese at A Level to get onto a Chinese degree?

No - beginner language routes at Aston mean you don’t need to have an A Level in the language you choose to study, and BTECs are also accepted.

What other languages can I study at Aston?

Aston teaches the top four languages in demand from global employers: Mandarin Chinese, French, German and Spanish.

Why should I study a language as part of a degree programme?

Employed languages graduates earn on average £3,300 (14 per cent) more than the UK average three years after graduation (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2019).

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme in social science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

 

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