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Japanese BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2017 start

  • Overview

    Japan is one of the world’s biggest economies, but it’s also home to a rich and varied culture and a complex, changing society. This degree will allow you to develop your language skills while exploring the diversity of Japanese society – and you’ll spend a year at a Japanese university to gain first-hand experience.

    Core modules will allow you to develop your spoken and written Japanese, while optional modules are the starting point for you to choose the elements of Japanese culture, history or politics that interest you. You could also take modules on Chinese society, or explore East Asia more generally.

    Leeds is one of Europe’s largest centres for East Asian Studies. That means we can offer flexible degree programmes with a wide range of options, covering topics that stretch across the Asia Pacific region.

    We focus on modern Japanese life, but we don’t ignore the complex history that brought it to this point. This degree will allow you gain a real insight into a fascinating country.

    This course is intended for non-native speakers of Japanese only.

    Specialist facilities

    An array of facilities are available to language students at Leeds. They include our fully equipped Language Centre, including digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL).

    We also have our Electronic Resource Information Centre, which features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and Interpreter Training Suites offering you the chance to explore a career in interpreting.

  • Course content

    Our first-year language tuition is aimed at beginners, but we also have post-beginner level modules for those with some knowledge of Japanese: self-study, GCSE or A-level. Either way, you’ll develop your knowledge of the Japanese language while choosing optional modules allowing you to explore the country’s fascinating history, as well as its social and cultural life.

    This is the perfect way to prepare for your Residence Abroad, which you’ll spend at a Japanese university building your language skills and gaining a new perspective on the topics you have studied.

    You’ll bring all of this back to Leeds with you for your final two years, where you’ll take advanced language classes to refine your spoken and written Japanese. At the same time you’ll be cultivating critical and research skills, as you choose further optional modules exploring aspects of life in Japan, from religion to cinema, modern Japanese history to Sino-Japanese relations.

    In your final year, you can put these skills into practice with an independently researched dissertation or final year project.

    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 Japanese Language (1) 20 credits
    • Basic Japanese Language (2) 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
    • Japan in War and Peace 10 credits
    • Japan: History and International Politics 10 credits
    • Japan: A Cultural History from Buddhism to Murakami Haruki 10 credits
    • Foundations of East Asia 20 credits
    • Introduction to East Asian Religions 20 credits

    Year 2

    Compulsory modules

    • Year Abroad in Japan 120 credits

    Year 3

    Compulsory modules

    • Japanese 2A: Written Communication Skills 20 credits
    • Japanese 2B: Spoken Communication Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Japan's International Relations 20 credits
    • Japanese Literature in Translation: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan 20 credits
    • Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World 20 credits

    Year 4

    Compulsory modules

    • Japanese 3: Advanced Communication Skills 20 credits

    Optional modules

    • Modern Japanese History 20 credits
    • Japanese Cinema in the World 20 credits
    • Sino-Japanese Relations: Past and Present 20 credits

    For more information on typical modules, read Japanese 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

    We use a variety of teaching and learning styles including lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials and occasionally workshops. Independent study is also a major part of the course, building research skills and learning to think critically about the information you find. The University Library runs comprehensive training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.

    Read more about How we teach Japanese Language

    Assessment

    Exams and essays are our usual forms of assessment, but some modules may also assess you on oral presentations or group work. We’ll provide plenty of support to help you handle this – throughout your time at Leeds you’ll be able to attend extra classes on issues like public speaking and exam technique.

  • Entry requirements, fees and applying

    Entry requirements

    A-level: AAB-ABB excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. A foreign language is preferred.

    GCSE: 4/C in a foreign language.

    • 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. Grade 4/C in a foreign language at GCSE is required. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.

    • BTEC

      BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: DDM-DDD. We particularly welcome applicants holding a foreign language qualification. Other BTEC qualifications are also considered. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

    • Cambridge Pre-U

      M1, M1, M1 to D3, M1, M1, preferably including a foreign language

    • International Baccalaureate

      35 - 34 points overall including 16 at Higher Level with 4 in a foreign language at Standard Level.

    • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

      H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 H3 to H2 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3. A foreign language is preferred.

    • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

      BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or B in Advanced Highers and AAABB in Highers, to AB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers, or AABBB to AAAABB in Highers, preferably including a foreign language.

    • 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: 77% - 80%


    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 BBB at A Level (preferably including a foreign language, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) 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: BBC preferably including a foreign language (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.

    International

    We accept a wide 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

    Fees

    UK/EU: To be confirmed

    International: To be confirmed

    For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250. 

    The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.

    The fee is likely to increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% for 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 starting in 2017 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans for the duration of their course. Read the full government statement

    The UK government has also 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

    This degree gives you proficiency in a major world language, as well as an insight into the fascinating culture of one of the world’s most influential economies. These will open doors to a wide range of careers in Japan and elsewhere around the world, but you will also develop transferable skills which are highly sought by employers.

    You’ll have strong research skills, allowing you to find information from a wide range of sources and draw your own conclusions. Then you’ll be able to communicate and defend them clearly. Teamwork, adaptability and time management are also among the key qualities you can develop.

    As a result, graduates have pursued diverse careers. Many join the Japanese government’s Japan Exchange and Teaching programme (JET), which recruits graduates to work in teaching and international relations positions. Others have moved into teaching, tourism, publishing, business, broadcasting, overseas aid work, PR, and language-based roles such as translating and interpreting within and outside of Japan.

    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

    After your first year, you’ll get the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner universities in Japan spread across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Fukuoka.

    It offers you invaluable experience of Japanese life and culture, and the intensive language classes you’ll undertake will help you develop your language skills. You’ll also get the chance to study a variety of subjects such as history and politics, but the curriculum varies between universities. Of course, there will also be plenty of time for you to travel and explore everything that Japan has to offer.

    Read more about Residence abroad in East Asian Studies

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