Aston University, Birmingham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Aston University

International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese

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Aston University is The Guardian's 'University of the Year' 2020. Course outline The BSc (Hons) International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese course offers you the chance to also specialise in specific markets and learn the language and intercultural communication skills needed to navigate our diverse world. This course is only available at beginners level (ab-initio). This means that no previous knowledge is required and this course is not suitable for native Chinese-speakers or students with A level Chinese. The unique structure of this degree sets it apart for students who want to study business and languages together. The two halves of your degree will be equally weighted but also directly related, as you will develop your language skills and learn about international business and different business environments in tandem. What makes this course stand out is the focus on foreign markets and business in language classes as opposed to traditional literature or cultural studies. This means you’ll learn about business and economics in the language you choose to study, developing not only the linguistic skills needed to communicate effectively in a business context, but also the intercultural awareness needed to work and communicate effectively in the global market. Business modules that are taught in English have been developed for you to gain a broad perspective on international business and management, covering topics such as social responsibility and ethical practice in professional contexts. Our modules are designed to stay at the forefront of business. As well as relevant knowledge, you’ll develop essential social and cognitive skills, such as adaptability, problem solving, interpersonal communication and creativity, which are all key to your employability. Key benefits

  • As part of your degree you’ll undertake a professional placement year abroad in a Mandarin-speaking country, gaining valuable practical experience that employers demand.
  • 100 per cent of students on the ‘BSc International Business and Modern Languages’ course said that their course had challenged them to achieve their best work (National Student Survey, 2020).
  • Employed Aston business graduates earn £11,000 (40 per cent) more than the UK average, five years after graduation (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, 2020).
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics at Aston was ranked 5th in the UK for ‘satisfaction with teaching’ (Guardian, 2020).
  • Business modules delivered by the triple-accredited Aston Business School – one of just 1 per cent of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Previous study of the Chinese Language is not required. This is a beginner course. Please note that native speakers of Chinese or students with A level Chinese are therefore not eligible for this course. All applications are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, experience, reference and your motivation to study the course. Aston University welcomes applications from students with a wide range of qualifications from the UK and overseas, including combinations of qualifications. If your qualifications are not listed here and you wish to check whether they meet the entry requirements for this course, please contact the university.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15950 Year 1

Additional fee information

For Sandwich courses the placement fee is £1250 for Home/UK students and £2,500 for International students. * Please note that the tuition fees stated are for 2021 entry. 2022 tuition fees are subject to approval and will be published on this website at the earliest opportunity. **The latest information relating to EU students and tuition fees for 2021 can be found on the UCAS website at: ***The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status. ^^Tuition fees for students are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. Any such increase shall always be in accordance with the law.
International Business and Modern Languages Mandarin Chinese at Aston University, Birmingham - UCAS