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Chinese and French BA (Full time) 2018 start

  • Overview

    If you have an A-level in French, this degree will allow you to refine your skills while learning Chinese from scratch.

    You’ll work on both languages in the core modules you study, as well as exploring key issues in both Chinese-speaking and Francophone cultures. However, our School of Languages, Cultures and Societies is large enough to offer a wide variety of optional modules in both subjects, so you can focus on topics that interest you.

    Chinese history and East Asian religions are among the topics you could study, as well as Francophone Africa, medieval romance and antiracism movements in France. You could also develop practical skills like translating or interpreting, or even try learning another language as well.

    You’ll even spend a year in China and a term in a Francophone country to gain an insight into the local culture. It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain fluency in two world languages and explore diverse cultures around the globe

    As well as our great library resources, Leeds has state-of-the-art facilities to support language students. Our fully equipped Language Zone includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

    If you’re interested in translation studies, we offer specialised computing facilities in our Electronic Resource Information Centre. What’s more, if you’d like to explore a career in interpreting you can get a taste of this in our Interpreter Training Suites.

  • Course content

    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 and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.

    In your first year, you’ll improve on your written and spoken French while taking intensive Chinese language classes. You’ll take optional modules exploring Chinese culture and history, as well as a Cornerstone module that helps bring together the two subjects. You could also try one of the many other languages we offer, such as Spanish, Japanese, Korean or Thai.

    This prepares you for your second year, which you’ll spend in China enhancing your language skills and gaining first-hand experience of life there. When you return, you’ll take advanced language classes and choose from modules covering an array of topics, such as French poetry or African and Caribbean culture in French, recent Chinese history or broader modules across East Asia and Japan. You’ll then spend a term of your third year in France or a Francophone country.

    Your final year will give you an even broader range of choice alongside your core language modules. You’ll be able to work on interpreting and translation as well as the full range of research interests among our tutors. You’ll also demonstrate the skills you’ve acquired through an independently researched project on a topic of your choice.

    Course structure

    These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

    Year 1

    Compulsory modules

    • Basic Chinese Language 1 20 credits
    • Basic Chinese Language 2 20 credits
    • Language Awareness and Skills 20 credits
    • Introduction to French Studies (Resistance and Desire) 20 credits
    • IT for LCS Students 5 credits

    Optional modules

    • History and Culture of Imperial China 20 credits
    • Chinese Culture in the Twentieth Century 10 credits
    • Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits
    • Language: Structure and Sound 20 credits
    • World Histories 20 credits
    • Discourse, Culture and Identity 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in China 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 2A 20 credits
    • Chinese 2C 10 credits
    • Language in Contexts 15 credits
    • Term Abroad 30 credits

    Optional modules

    • China Since 1979 20 credits
    • Japan's International Relations 20 credits
    • East Asia's Regional Political Economy 20 credits
    • Francophone Africa 15 credits
    • The Seventh Art - Cinema in France 15 credits
    • Linguists into Schools 15 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Chinese 3: Advanced Skills 20 credits
    • Advanced Language Skills 20 credits
    • Final Year Project

    Optional modules

    • Modern Documentary Chinese: Society and Development 10 credits
    • Chinese Literature 1912 - 1949 10 credits
    • Chinese Language for International Trade and Business 20 credits
    • French as a Professional Language 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Chinese and French BA in the course catalogue

    Broadening your academic horizons

    At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

    Learning and teaching

    Our tutors are experts in diverse fields, and they share their knowledge and experience using a range of teaching and learning methods. These include lectures, seminars and tutorials, or occasionally workshops. However, independent learning is also a vital element of the degree, encouraging you to conduct independent research and develop your critical and analytical skills.


    We also use different assessment methods, including exams and essays. Oral presentations and group work may also be included in some modules. Plenty of support is available – throughout your degree you’ll be able to attend extra classes on topics such as exam technique, structuring essays and public speaking.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB

    including A in French

    • 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

      We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      D3, M1, M1 including D3 in French.

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 French at Higher Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in French

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      AB in Advanced Highers including A in French and AABBB in Highers, or A in French in Advanced Highers and AABBB 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: 80% including 85% in French.

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

    Where 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 ABB at A Level including A in French and grade A in the EPQ.

    We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.

    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: BBB including French.


    We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.

    International Foundation Year Programme

    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.

    International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

    How to apply

    Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

    International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU 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

    School of Languages, Cultures and Societies Undergraduate Admissions Policy


    UK/EU: See fees section below

    International: £17,500 (per year)

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

    The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

    The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

    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.

    Additional cost information

    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

    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.

  • Career opportunities

    A degree in Chinese and French gives you skills in two important world languages, as well as an appreciation of the cultural contexts in which they are spoken.

    It also equips you with valuable transferable skills such as presentation, teamwork, research, critical and analytical thinking – and you’ll have the organisational skills needed to manage two different and demanding subjects. Spending time abroad is also a great addition to your CV, since it shows you are adaptable and independent.

    As a result, graduates have progressed into diverse careers both in the UK and elsewhere such as education, law, journalism, publishing, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, business and finance. Others have pursued language-based careers such as translating and interpreting, or gone onto further training in these areas.

    Careers support

    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

    Residency abroad

    You’ll spend the whole of your second year studying a Chinese language course at one of our partner universities in Taiwan, Beijing or Shanghai. In your third year, you’ll also spend a term undertaking a work placement or studying in Lille, Bordeaux or Montpellier.

    Both periods abroad are fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and gain valuable experience to inform your studies. For many students, spending so much time overseas is the highlight of the degree.

    Read more about French Residence Abroad

    Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies