tt12 - Chinese Studies OR Japanese Studies BA

Chinese Studies OR Japanese Studies BA Honours

UCAS Code: TT12 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

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

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At a Glance


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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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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

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

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. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.

Stage 1

Compulsory modules

You take the following introductory cultural modules:

You also take 40 credits of modules in either Chinese or Japanese, appropriate to your current level of language skill:

Optional modules

In addition, you choose 40 credits from this list:

Stage 2

Compulsory modules

If you took Level A language at stage 1, you will take one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

If you took Level B language at stage 1, you will take one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

Optional modules

You also choose 40 credits from this list:

And 40 credits 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

If you took Level B language at stage 2, you will take one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

If you spent a year abroad and took Level C language at stage 2, or you passed the Stage 4 placement test you will take one of the following modules, in either Chinese or Japanese, that builds on your level of language skill:

Optional modules

You also choose 40 credits from the list below:

And 40 credits 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 2020 entry.

    Undergraduate Admissions Policy

    See our Admissions Policy (PDF: 71 KB).

    See further policies related to admission.


    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. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    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.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    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



    Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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