Linguistics with Chinese BA Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
Q1T1

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

This three-year degree is provided by our renowned Department of Languages and Cultures and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language.

How does language work? Why do we develop accents? Your first year Linguistics module offers a fresh insight into the human mind. Alongside this you’ll learn Mandarin Chinese, spoken by 20% of the world’s population. Learning a language so radically different from English will show you how linguistics works in action. Our core Chinese module is designed to teach absolute beginners how to speak, listen and read this fascinating language. You’ll also study simplified writing characters and Chinese culture.


In your second year you’ll study more advanced Chinese, such as the structure of the language and the intricate grammatical patterns. On the Linguistics side, you’ll find out about structures and sounds of world languages, from Inuit to the clicking languages of South Africa. Further modules include Discourse Analysis and Child Language Acquisition.


Your final year gives you the chance to study a topic in-depth through writing your dissertation. Given the range of expertise within our department, our academics will be able to supervise most topics that fit your interests. There are also modules in Chinese Culture and Society, Cognitive Linguistics, Phonetic and Phonological Theory and others on offer.


We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisors. The linguistic, communication and interpersonal skills you’ll acquire are highly prized by employers. The Linguistics element of your degree is of professional relevance in many areas, from education to business management, advertising to accountancy. The British Council, Civil and Diplomatic services, MI6, GCHQ, and other international agencies offer many interesting career paths for language graduates. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations, and we are confident our degree programme will set you up well for a career in these areas.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    This three-year degree is provided by our renowned Department of Languages and Cultures and the highly-ranked Department of Linguistics and English Language.

    How does language work? Why do we develop accents? Your first year Linguistics module offers a fresh insight into the human mind. Alongside this you’ll learn Mandarin Chinese, spoken by 20% of the world’s population. Learning a language so radically different from English will show you how linguistics works in action. Our core Chinese module is designed to teach absolute beginners how to speak, listen and read this fascinating language. You’ll also study simplified writing characters and Chinese culture.


    In your second year you’ll study more advanced Chinese, such as the structure of the language and the intricate grammatical patterns. On the Linguistics side, you’ll find out about structures and sounds of world languages, from Inuit to the clicking languages of South Africa. Further modules include Discourse Analysis and Child Language Acquisition.


    Your final year gives you the chance to study a topic in-depth through writing your dissertation. Given the range of expertise within our department, our academics will be able to supervise most topics that fit your interests. There are also modules in Chinese Culture and Society, Cognitive Linguistics, Phonetic and Phonological Theory and others on offer.


    We’ll assess your progress through coursework and exams in a caring, friendly atmosphere. You’ll have regular meetings with your academic advisors. The linguistic, communication and interpersonal skills you’ll acquire are highly prized by employers. The Linguistics element of your degree is of professional relevance in many areas, from education to business management, advertising to accountancy. The British Council, Civil and Diplomatic services, MI6, GCHQ, and other international agencies offer many interesting career paths for language graduates. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations, and we are confident our degree programme will set you up well for a career in these areas.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects A level Chinese, or if this is to be studied from beginners’ level, AS grade B or A level grade B in another foreign language, or GCSE grade A or 7 in a foreign language. Native Mandarin speakers will not be accepted onto this scheme.

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including appropriate evidence of language ability

    BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction accepted alongside appropriate evidence of language ability

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

      Optional

    Year 2

      Core

      Optional

    Year 3

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    A combined degree that includes a language is highly sought after by employers. The benefit of a degree in Linguistics or English Language with Chinese is the wide choice of careers available to graduates, ranging from accountancy and IT to journalism, advertising and management. It is also valuable in fields where international communication is important, like science, trade and international relations.

    The language and communication skills gained on this course along with a proficiency in Chinese language and a practical knowledge of China can lead to career destinations in the Civil Service, international trade and banking that operate in or with China.

    Many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics.

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability awareness, career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £15,680

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

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