Chinese and Italian B BA

Year of entry

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UCAS code
RTH1
Start date
September 2023
Delivery type
On campus
Duration
5 years full time
Work placement
Optional
Study abroad
Mandatory
Typical A-level offer
ABB
Full entry requirements

Course overview

Students working in the Language Zone

Learn Chinese and Italian from beginner level and explore diverse cultures and societies across the world in this exciting five-year course.

You’ll have the opportunity to study abroad for two years, spending a year in China and another in Italy, where you’ll build your language skills and gain first-hand experience of the cultures.

Studying Italian, you’ll become fluent in the language and develop an in-depth knowledge of one of Europe’s most vibrant countries, and a leading world economy. You’ll build your proficiency in Chinese while exploring the society, history and culture of one of the world’s major economic powers.

This degree allows you to learn both languages from beginner level, although if you already have some knowledge of either language we can normally accommodate you. Core and optional modules will give you a firm grounding in both languages while you study the topics that interest you, allowing you to explore the history and culture of Italy, China and the wider Asia Pacific region.

Specialist facilities

The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections – valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.

You’ll also have access to the Language Zone – the University language resource centre – with books, DVDs, magazines, audio/ video resources and language learning software. To practise your speaking skills, you can participate in language groups with other students or a language exchange with a native speaker.

Take a look around our libraries:

Brotherton Library
Laidlaw Library
Edward Boyle Library

Course details

In your first year, dedicated language classes will allow you to develop your skills in spoken and written Chinese and Italian. You will learn both simplified and traditional Chinese characters from your first year. You’ll also study Chinese and Italian culture and society through core and optional modules. A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional modules so you can fit in both subjects.

All this will prepare you for your time abroad, when you’ll study intensive language classes for a year at a university in mainland China or Taiwan (subject to travel restrictions). In year three, you’ll return to Leeds to study advanced language and choose from a range of optional modules such as Dante’s comedy, Sino-Japanese relations, Italian cinema, or Chinese linguistics.

You’ll then spend a year in Italy, immersing yourself in Italian life and developing your skills.

In your final year you’ll return to Leeds to refine your language skills, take specialist modules and develop your interests into an independent project, such as a piece of research, a translation or documentary.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Chinese and Italian B BA in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Basic Chinese Language 1 20
Basic Chinese Language 2 20
Exploring Italy: Introduction to Italian Culture and Society (Beginners) 20
Beginners Italian (A1 of the CEFR) 20
Lower Intermediate Italian (A2+ of the CEFR) 20

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
China in East Asian History 20
Modern China: History and Culture 20
Japanese History and Society 20
Foundations of East Asia 20
Introduction to Religious and Philosophical Texts of East Asia 20
Introduction to East Asian Religions 20

Year 2 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Year Abroad in China 120

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Chinese 2A 20
Chinese 2B 20
Italian Language B 20

Year 3 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
China Since 1979 20
Japan's International Relations 20
Classics of Chinese Literature and Thought 20
Contemporary East Asian Culture 20
Chinese Cinema 20
Religion in China 20
Civil Society and the Non-Profit Sector in Contemporary China 20
Women and Family in Chinese Society 20
Introduction to Dante's Comedy 20
Linguistic Variety in Modern Italy 20
Modern Italian Identities Across Cultures 20
Screening Italy: Neorealist cinema to Netflix 20

Year 4 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Year Abroad in Italy 120

Year 5 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20
Italian Language 3 20

Year 5 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Chinese Oral and Performance Traditions 20
Chinese Linguistics: Theory and Practice 20
Chinese Literature 1912 - 1949 10
'Giocare al Romanzo': Italo Calvino and the Novel, from Neorealism to Postmodern 20
Made in Italy. Italian for Business 20
Final Year Project: Extended Translation 40
Contemporary World Literature 20
Decolonial Approaches 20

Discovery modules

Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.

This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own research.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. You’ll also build your language skills in practical classes, and as you progress, some modules may be taught in your target languages.

Independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You’ll be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a final year project on a topic of your own choice.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.

Assessment

We also use different types of assessment. Usually we use a mixture of exams and essays, but you may also be assessed on oral presentations or group work in some modules. Support will be on hand throughout your time at Leeds – for example, you’ll be able to attend extra classes on exam technique, structuring an essay and public speaking if you need them.

Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

GCSE: Grade 4/C in a foreign language

Other course specific tests:

When an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be BBB at A Level and grade A in the EPQ.

Alternative qualification

Access to HE Diploma

Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required. This course has additional subject specific requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

BTEC

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Cambridge Pre-U

M1, M1, M2

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level and 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level

Irish Leaving Certificate (higher Level)

H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, or AABBBB in Highers

Welsh Baccalaureate

The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

Other Qualifications

European Baccalaureate: 75%.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBC at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

International Foundation Year

International students who do not meet the academic requirements for undergraduate study may be able to study the University of Leeds International Foundation Year. This gives you the opportunity to study on campus, be taught by University of Leeds academics and progress onto a wide range of Leeds undergraduate courses. Find out more about International Foundation Year programmes.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.


Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

Fees

UK: £9,250 (per year)

International: £22,250 (per year)

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2022/23
For UK full-time undergraduate students starting in 2022/23 the fee will be £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.

Tuition fees for UK undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for UK full-time undergraduate students for 2023/24 have been agreed by the UK Government and will remain at the current fee level of £9,250. The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation and as permitted by law. Fees for UK undergraduate students are decided by the government and may vary if policy changes.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students starting in 2023/24
Tuition fees for international students for 2023/24 should be available on individual course pages from September 2022.

Tuition fees for a study abroad or work placement year
If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

Applying

Apply to this course through UCAS. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

Read our guidance about applying.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023

This course is taught by

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Contact us

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions

Email: lcsadmissions@leeds.ac.uk
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Career opportunities

In this degree you’ll become fluent in two languages, and gain valuable international experience. Throughout your studies you’ll develop a range of skills across disciplines that employers are looking for.

You’ll have strong research skills, and you’ll be able to communicate effectively, whether speaking or in writing. From your experience studying abroad you’ll have an understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.

Your knowledge and skills will open up a broad range of global career choices and opportunities. Our graduates have pursued careers in diverse fields such as translation and interpreting, education, marketing, business and finance, tourism and civil and diplomatic services.

Careers support

Postgraduate study in languages at Leeds or elsewhere provides an opportunity to continue to learn and prepare for a PhD and a career in academia.

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

Study abroad and work placements

In this five-year course you’ll spend two periods of study abroad. You’ll study language classes for a year at a Chinese university and you'll also spend a year at a partner university in Italy.

Read more about the Chinese residence abroad

Read more about the Italian residence abroad