Chinese Studies and Spanish Studies BA Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
R4T1

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
ABB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

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    For Languages (joint) careers after 6 months The Guardian University Guide (2020)
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    For French The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020)
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    For German The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2020)

Course Overview

This four-year joint degree combines the study of the languages and cultures of China and Spain and the Sinophone and Spanish-speaking worlds. It includes a year’s international placement in Chinese- or Spanish-speaking countries or split between the two. The degree provides the opportunity to acquire both high-level language skills and a thorough understanding of the sensitivities of Chinese and Spanish cultures and societies within a global context.

Besides studying the core language modules, you will also choose from a broad range of specialist cultural, historical and political modules that provide comparative insight into relevant countries in global contexts.

Our degree structure assumes that you will be studying one of the languages from scratch and will already be at an advanced level for the other. In year one, language modules will include:

  • Either Advanced Chinese and Intensive Beginners Spanish (one module of each)
  • Or Advanced Spanish and Intensive Beginners Chinese (one module of each)
  • And our culture in context programme, Language Studies

In additional to langauge modules, in year one you will also select one module from other related subjects.

In the second year, you will continue to take Chinese and Spanish language modules (an oral and a written module for each language), as well as the core modules 'Shaping Contemporary China' and 'Shaping Contemporary Spain and Latin America: Moments and Movements’. You will be able to choose three optional modules. 

Your third year will be spent studying or working in Chinese- and/or Spanish-speaking countries. The year abroad is an immersive experience that gives you the opportunity to greatly improve your language proficiency while deepening your intercultural awareness. You can study at a partner academic institution or conduct a work placement. As a joint major student, you can spend your time in a Spanish- or Chinese-speaking country, or split the year between the two.

When you return to Lancaster for your final year, you will continue to develop your core Chinese and Spanish language oral and written skills, combining this with a further choice of specialist courses. If you are interested in exploring a particular topic in depth, perhaps a subject you have studied previously in the course, you could take a dissertation module.

The language modules are designed so that you can attain CEFR levels C1-C2 (equivalent to HSK5-6) upon successful completion of the degree.

The optional modules offered will vary from year to year depending on availability and areas of expertise of staff.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects A level Spanish and/or Chinese. Native Spanish or 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 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Spanish HL and/or 6 in Chinese HL

BTEC Considered alongside A level Spanish and/or Chinese

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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

    Optional

Year 3

    Core

Year 4

    Core

    Optional

Careers

Careers

As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers. Our graduates aspire to work in a wide variety of careers such as international business management, global sales and marketing, language teaching, translation, journalism and international development both in the UK and abroad. Attractive opportunities are available across a range of organisations both large and small, including in government, development agencies, charities, education, business, finance and travel.

In addition, many of our graduates are interested in continuing their studies with a Masters or PhD, making the most of the excellent facilities for postgraduates at Lancaster. We offer Masters degrees in Translation and Languages and Cultures, which can lead to senior positions in careers such as translation and teaching.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
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Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the 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 information about this on our Island Fees page.

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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