Undergraduate

tt12 - Chinese Studies OR Japanese Studies BA

Chinese Studies OR Japanese Studies BA Honours

UCAS Code: TT12 (4 Years)

Course Overview

Study the country and culture of China or Japan while learning Chinese or Japanese at beginners' or advanced level.

A collection of paper lanterns. Students spend a year at a university in China or Japan in order to follow an intensive programme of language study, build relationships with native speakers and absorb the local culture.
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At a Glance

UCAS Code
TT12

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 32 points

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Opportunities
Study Abroad

Pursue your interest in East Asia with a range of fascinating cultural modules, such as:

  • contemporary Japanese popular culture
  • the fall and rise of China
  • critical international politics

Learn a new language and become fluent during your year abroad, studying at a university in China or Japan.

Our communicative approach to language learning means that you will learn to communicate with speakers of the language right from the start, and we have fantastic facilities to support your learning.

Britain's growing political, business and cultural links with East Asia represent significant career opportunities for our graduates.

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Course Details

Our degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage.

Programme modules do change and therefore may differ for your year of entry.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You take the following introductory cultural modules:

You also take modules in either Chinese or Japanese, appropriate to your current level of language skill:

Optional modules

In addition, you choose two from this list of optional modules:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

You increase your language skills by choosing one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

Optional modules

You also choose two modules from this list:

And two modules from this list:

Stage 3

You spend Stage 3 in China or Japan, where you follow a programme of intensive language study in your chosen language. You also take the following modules:

Stage 4

Compulsory modules

You increase your language skills by choosing one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

Optional modules

You also choose two modules from the list below:

And two modules from this list:

Entry Requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis. If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

The entrance requirements below apply to 2017 entry.

Careers

Chinese/Japanese and Cultural Studies careers

Most people study modern languages because of their interest and ability in the subject. Comparatively few go directly into careers in which a language degree is essential – such as translating, interpreting, aspects of publishing, or teaching. Many graduates instead go into jobs in which their language skills are desirable, such as the media, hospitality and leisure, areas of finance, or journalism.

With ever more European and international connections, such skills will grow in importance and can give you a real advantage in applying for a wide range of graduate jobs.

Ability in languages is increasingly valued by a wide range of employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a degree in modern languages is evidence not only of linguistic skills and cultural awareness, but also of other personal transferable skills needed in employment.

You will develop the self-confidence to communicate orally as well as on paper, to work effectively in a group, to organise and plan your work and to find solutions to problems by critical, logical and creative thinking. Consequently our graduates find work in diverse areas such as tourism, marketing, management, civil service, advertising and the media, teaching and banking.

The School of Modern Languages works with the University’s Careers Service to run an annual Employability Week, including an opportunity to network with recent graduates. We also collaborate on the Modern Languages careers blog, Careers Translated. The blog gives you access to a range of relevant jobs, training and work experience opportunities, as well as interviews with alumni and employers, and general advice. 

Find out more about the career options for Modern Languages from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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All UK schools and colleges and a small number of EU and international establishments are registered with UCAS.

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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Find out more about our admissions process and who to contact if you need help with your application.