Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 or 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

At Westminster we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Chinese in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), enhance your skills in using English, and develop your knowledge and understanding of literary and cultural studies. You will be able to function in different cultural situations and acquire the generic qualities and skills of a humanities graduate. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our Chinese courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants  – false beginners are students who may be able to read and write a limited number of Chinese characters, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas.

You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Chinese, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Chinese culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

In English Literature you will have the opportunity to examine literary and non-literary works of all periods from Shakespeare to the present day, taking in a wide range of authors and themes, with a full and balanced coverage of dramatic, poetic and prose works. You will consider the wider historical and political contexts in which cultural and literary works have been produced and received, and relate the works both to intellectual history and to work in other arts and media, such as architecture and the visual arts. You will also have the opportunity to consider the theoretical tools of textual, cultural and literary analysis in detail.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning. Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations projects, and critical analysis.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Chinese is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Intercultural Communication: an Introduction
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Keywords for Literary Studies
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • The Chinese World and the Word
  • What Is Literature? Genre Form History

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution Across World Cultures
  • Expressions of Chinese Culture
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Making Memory: Culture, History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • Screening Memory Through Food, Music and Childhood
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Transposing Current Affairs through Multilingual e-Collaboration
  • Travel Sickness
  • Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness Across Cultures
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Issues in Theory
  • MLC Dissertation
  • Modernism
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
  • Satire and the City
  • Special Topic
  • Themes in Chinese Studies
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • What is the Contemporary? The Novel in Time After 1945

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A Levels – BCC
  • International Baccalaureate – 30 points including a minimum of 4 in a language other than English at Higher Level
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – DDM with evidence of successful modern foreign language learning
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus English GCSE at at least grade C

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 30 points including a minimum of 4 in a language other than English at Higher Level

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Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

 

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