If you want to combine your language skills with a vocational subject, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you. It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions.
Combining two subjects can give your degree an international or industry perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.
You'll develop both language skills and a broad understanding of Chinese culture and society. The first year is an intensive introduction to modern spoken and written Chinese. During the following years, you'll study Chinese texts and learn about the historical, political, cultural and literary background to the language.
TESOL will open up many new and exciting possibilities for you by giving you the opportunity to teach English internationally. You'll learn how to plan and deliver English language lessons in interactive workshops taught by experienced language teacher trainers. You'll also have the opportunity to practice and gain vital experience through teaching in the classroom.
Mandarin Chinese - levels of study
How you're taught
Each year you'll choose a range of core and optional modules from the lists above. The first year is normally divided equally between the two joint honours subjects but at the end of Year One, you'll have the opportunity to select between an equally weighted joint honours course and a more specialised pathway, depending on your interests.
Teaching principally takes place through a combination of lectures, where tutors introduce the key ideas, and seminars, where smaller groups discuss those ideas.
If you're struggling with a topic or require additional support or guidance, you can arrange to see your tutors in small groups or one-to-one, to discuss essay plans or to seek some specific academic guidance.
It is the nature of the subjects offered in the School of Arts and Humanities, however, that much of your time will be spent engaged in independent study. We recognise that this marks a change of culture from school or college, and we have in place a system of study support to help you adapt to this.
Excellent placement opportunities
You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in China, or working in a Chinese-speaking country. Students on work placement, often as a language assistant in a German school, are also paid while abroad.
More student opportunities
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn another new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can enhance your communication skills, enrich your experience when travelling abroad and boost your career prospects. Find out more about the University Language Programme.
Careers and employability
Your career development
This is a major part of the curriculum. Key transferable skills are emphasised and there are opportunities to develop links with organisations and potential employers. As a result we have an outstanding record of graduate employment.
Joint honours courses develop a wide range of skills. These include:
- written and oral communication skills
- critical analysis
- the ability to work independently and in groups
- time management
- a variety of IT skills.