University of Central Lancashire

Degree level: Undergraduate

Asia Pacific Studies (Foundation Entry)

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Course summary

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Course Overview

  • Master the specialist language skills of Chinese, Japanese or Korean and set yourself apart from other graduates on our Asia Pacific Studies Foundation Entry programme.
  • Foundation Entry degree courses are ideal if you’ve got the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to directly join an honours programme. It’s a great stepping stone to a full degree.
  • Asia Pacific countries are playing an increasingly important role in the global economy. You’ll develop a wide range of knowledge about this dynamic region, drawing on language, international business studies and global politics.
  • You’ll study using the latest industry-standard equipment in professional interpreting suites and gain practical experience during a year abroad. No previous knowledge of your chosen language is required, (although we also offer post A Level routes).
Why study with us
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Asia Pacific Studies (Foundation Entry) is ranked 5th in the UK for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021).
  • Asian Studies at the University is ranked in the UK's top 20 - Complete University Guide 2020.
In 2004, we launched The International Institute of Korean Studies – it’s now one of the top three societies in the University and hosts regular events.

Course details


Year 1: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Skills for Language Students, Foundation in TESOL, Introduction to Area Studies. Optional Modules; Introduction to Literature, Introduction to English Language and Linguistics, Extended Course Essay Year 2: Core Modules; The Shaping of the Asia Pacific Region. In addition to the core content modules all students must choose a language pathway from Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian. Chinese Pathway: Chinese Language 1 and Background to China Japanese Pathway: Japanese Language 1 or Post-A level Japanese Language 1, Background to Japan Korean Pathway: Ab Initio Korean and Background to Korea Russian Pathway: Ab Initio Russian and Background to Russian Studies Optional modules - Students may also take other free elective modules not listed as part of the optional choices on the above programme; Beginners Chinese Language and Culture (non-Chinese Pathway), Beginners Korean Language and Culture (non-Korean Pathway), Beginners Japanese Language and Culture (non-Japanese Pathway), Beginners Russian Language and Culture (non-Russian Pathway), Basic Chinese Conversation (Chinese Pathway), Introduction to International Business, Issues in Sustainability, Global Politics, Nationalism and Imperialism in Asia: China, India, Japan and Siam 1850-1945, Background to China (non-Chinese Pathway), Background to Japan (non-Japanese Pathway), Background to Korea (non-Korean Pathway), Background to Russian Studies (non-Russian Pathway) Year 4 and 5 - Students on the 4 year programme spend this year abroad. Students on the 3 year programme progress directly to Year 4. Core Modules: Development and Change in the Asia Pacific Region, Asia Pacific International relations, Dissertation In addition to the above core content modules students on the 4 year programme must choose a language pathway from Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Russian. Those on the 3 year programme may select modules from the list below in accordance with their stage 1 language choice. Chinese Pathway: Chinese Language 3, Understanding Chinese Economy and Society Japanese Pathway: Japanese Language 3 Korean Pathway: Korean Language 3 or Advanced Korean Language (for students following the three-year pathway) Russian Pathway: Russian Language, Russian Literary Identities Optional modules: Korean Language for Academic Purpose (Korean pathway), Korean for Academic Purposes (Korean pathway), Japanese Language and Society (Japanese pathway), Interpreting Japan through Literature and Cultural Readings (Japanese pathway), Theory and Practice of Translation (Chinese pathway), Techniques and Practice of Interpreting (Chinese pathway), Divided Korea, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5500 Year 1
Scotland £5500 Year 1
Wales £5500 Year 1
Channel Islands £5500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note fees for the foundation year will be £5,500, and then £9,250 per year for the remainder of the course. *subject only to annual increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
Asia Pacific Studies (Foundation Entry) at University of Central Lancashire - UCAS