Are you interested in studying Chinese? Would you like to master specialist language skills whilst gaining an introduction to the culture, society, history, economy and politics of the region? This programme brings together expertise in all these different fields to give you a well-rounded understanding and appreciation of the Asia Pacific region, built on a foundation of your specialist language training. You’ll study using the latest industry-standard equipment in professional interpreting suites and gain practical experience during your year abroad. No previous knowledge of your chosen language is required, although a post A Level route is offered for Japanese. With Asia Pacific countries playing an important part in the modern world economy, you will be set apart from other UK graduates with competency in your chosen language as well as transferable skills and a knowledge of the region that will prepare you for work in a multitude of industries in, or engaged with the Asia Pacific.
On graduating from this course, you could enter occupations such as translation/interpreting, journalism, travel and tourism, working for international airlines, facilitating business between Asia Pacific and English speaking contacts and working for local governments in promoting Japan, China or South Korea. You could also teach English in Asia Pacific language schools or universities.
You could have the opportunity to gain practical experience during your year abroad as a part-time language assistant, and in translation and interpreting by assisting local businesses in their dealings with Asia Pacific partners. Short-term internships are also offered by the Worldwise Learning Centre, the School’s centre for advancing language learning across the University. You will have the opportunity to engage in cultural activities through various events organised by the Asia Pacific Studies course team, as well as through the Worldwise Learning Centre, the Confucius Institute, the Institute for Korean Studies and the strong community of student societies related to the Asia Pacific including the Korean Society, the Japanese Society and the Chinese Language and Culture Society.
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
Year 1: Core Modules; The Shaping of the Asia Pacific Region, Chinese Language 1 and Background to China. Optional modules:
Students may also take other free elective modules not listed as part of the optional choices on the above programme; 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 Japan (non-Japanese Pathway), Background to Korea (non-Korean Pathway), Background to Russian Studies (non-Russian Pathway)
Year 2: Core Modules; Cultural Transformations and Cross-Cultural Encounters in the Asia Pacific, Chinese Language 2A & 2B, Aspects of Chinese Society. Optional modules; Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation (Chinese pathway only), Sociology of Religion, Cold War in Asia: History, Conflict and Society 1945-89, Contemporary Korean Society and Culture, Global Environment of Business, Globalisation: History, Theory and Approaches
Year 3 and 4: 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, Chinese Language 3, Understanding Chinese Economy and Society. Optional modules; Theory and Practice of Translation, Techniques and Practice of Interpreting, Divided Korea, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1947
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2018.
If you already have a 2018 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site|
This means the year in which you would like to start the course.
‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.
‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.
You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement.|
|A level||112 UCAS points at A2|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||112 UCAS points|
|Scottish Higher||112 UCAS points|
|GCSE/National 4/National 5||5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent, and preferably Foreign Language at grade C/4 (or good personal statement). Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||Pass IB Diploma including 112 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||112 UCAS points|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma||D*D*|
|OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma||DMM|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D*|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||112 UCAS points|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||with no component score less than 5.5 (To have been taken within two years of the course commencement date)|
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|