BA (Hons)

French and Mandarin Chinese

Students learning Chinese
  • UCAS code(s): RT11
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

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If you want to combine two languages, then this joint honours degree is a great choice for you.

Course overview

It enables you to shape your study according to your strengths, interests and career ambitions. Combining two languages can give your degree an international perspective that will make you stand out in the graduate employment market.

Our flexible curriculum has been designed to create some amazing opportunities for you. You have the opportunity to spend your third year studying at a partner university in France or China or working in a French-speaking or Chinese-speaking country. It’s also possible to opt for a short work placement module in the second half of your second year.

By choosing French and Mandarin Chinese you’ll enjoy the freedom to choose from a wide range of modules, depending on your own preferences and interests. Many of our graduates are now pursuing exciting careers in different countries and regions around the world.

Levels of study

 BeginnerGCSEPost A-Level
FrenchNONOYES
Mandarin ChineseYESYESYES

Study this course full-time with a year abroad (sandwich) or part-time. See How to Apply section for more information.

What you'll study

French

French can be studied from A-level. By the end of your degree you’ll have a high level of fluency and accuracy in spoken and written French. Throughout the degree we’ll explore French culture and you’ll also gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.

Mandarin Chinese

Chinese (Mandarin) is normally studied from beginner's level. You will study the Chinese language, country and culture through a range of lively options. This includes modules that explore Chinese history and literature, from the earliest times to present day.

You will achieve a high level of communicative skill, and an in-depth understanding of the culture and society in China. To further increase your career options you can take a final year module to help you develop translation and interpreting skills.

Language resources

To provide opportunities to develop language skills outside the classroom, you’ll have access to our excellent language resource centres which provide: internet access, audio-visual facilities, an extensive library of the latest French and Chinese language films, computer-aided language learning software and course-related books, materials and periodicals.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    French Language One

    The module focuses on developing both your understanding of key issues in contemporary French culture and society, and your key communicative skills in French: listening, speaking, reading, writing.

    Introduction to French Politics, Society and Culture

    Learn about the key issues and events that have shaped French culture and society since the middle of the 20th Century. Your findings on the themes and ideas which have shaped French society will be complemented by a discussion of what they represent in contemporary and contemporaneous visual and written texts.

    Mandarin Language One (Accelerated beginners)

    This core language module  will help you to gain skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll learn how to communicate in a variety of real-life situations and build language learning skills that will be transferable competencies.All students of modern languages will study a generic employability package which is designed to develop a range of relevant skills and awareness of work-related issues.

    Mandarin Language One (Post A-level)

    This module will help you to address important and contemporary issues that surrounds Chinese culture and society by using your, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. You'll be encouraged to interact with a range of written, audio-visual and electronic media. All students of modern languages will study a generic employability package which is designed to develop a range of relevant skills and awareness of work-related issues.

    Introduction to Chinese Studies

    Study the key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the beginning of the 20th Century to present day. You'll focus on the differences between the west and east, especially between Britain and China. This module will be taught in English.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    French Language Two

    This core language module will help you develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll develop fluency and accuracy in the spoken and written language of French as well as enhance learning skills, grammar, and other transferable skills such as spoken debates and presentations.

    Mandarin Language Two (Accelerated beginners)

    This core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading in Mandarin. You'll be introduced to a wider selection of the language, considering written and audio-visual texts in more depth. You'll study linguistics and practical elements to ensure that you're prepared for an extended residence abroad.

    Mandarin Language Two (Post A-level)

    This core language module will help you to improve your accuracy and fluency in the written and spoken elements of Mandarin. You'll look at the four language learning skills, grammar,  other transferable skills like video analysis, summaries and translations, oral debates and presentations. The modules will be situated around issues within contemporary China. You'll study linguistics and practical elements to ensure that you're prepared for an extended residence abroad.

    French optional modules

    Film, Novel and Social Transformation in France (1950-1980)

    Analyse films and novels, concentrating on a series of representations of the traumatic transformation of France during the postwar decades of economic growth. You will explore central themes such as Americanisation, the transformation of everyday life and France's changing place in the world.

    Le Cas 68

    Examine the events of May / June 1968 in France as one of the most important historical events since the Second World War. The module will focus on in-depth analysis of the roles played by the numerous protagonists, examination of primary sources, assessment of the portrayal of the “events” in the media and literature, and an evaluation of the legacy of 1968.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

    Mandarin Chinese optional modules

    Media, Representation and China

    Examine representations of China and Chinese cultural identities in different media forms that both reflect and construct contemporary Chinese society. This module will enable you to recognise representations as cultural forms as well as social critique and you'll be taught how to interpret them differently.

    Chinese Culture and Society

    Examine key issues and events that have shaped Chinese culture and society since the early 20th Century focusing on the Cultural Revolution and economic reform. The module will provide a solid understanding of modern China, and why it is essential for the further study of Chinese culture and society.

    Languages at Work

    You'll be offered the opportunity to take part in a language themed work placement where you'll work with a local employer for a minimum of 30 hours and produce a piece of writing which reflects on the experience.

  • Year Three

    In Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in France. Our partner universities are found in Aix-en-Provence, Clermont-Ferrand, Lille, Strasbourg, Nice, Besançon, Montpellier, and Versailles.

    Or in Year Three, you can spend time working or studying in China. Our partner universities are in Beijing, Shanghai, and Yunnan.

  • Final Year

    Core modules

    Capstone Project

    This is a specialist project which allows you to combine practical learning with subject-specific theories. This module offers you the opportunity to develop and in-depth project where you can demonstrate skills such as; planning, organisation and research skills.

    OR

    Real-Life Work Project

    Students who are unable to take the year abroad as part of their degree produce a Real-Life Work Project during their final year. Working closely with an employer you'll identify, discuss, develop and deliver a project that is both beneficial for the employer and will enhance your employability options. You'll also provide a synoptic assessment where you'll highlight how your degree in the Modern Languages programme has developed you as a person, academically and as a graduate.

    French Language Three

    The core language module, will help you to develop skills in speaking, writing, listening and reading. You'll also focus on developing your accuracy and fluency within the written and spoken language of French. You'll develop high-level critical and analytical skills where you can apply linguistic and socio-cultural awareness and analysis to contemporary documents.

    Mandarin Language Three

    This core module will help you to build on the previous years of language learning by helping you to maximise your accuracy and fluency skills within the written, oral and aural mandarin Chinese. You'll be taught how to work effectively within social, cultural, professional and academic contexts. You'll also be able to apply linguistics, socio-cultural awareness and research skills to the analysis of contemporary written and aural documents.

    French optional modules

    Contemporary France: Texts in Transition

    Develop your awareness of French culture and society, by studying a range of films and written texts which reflect cultural debates critical to contemporary France. This module will give you an enhanced, critical and diverse understanding of writing styles and different forms of visual texts.

    La France et l’Europe

    Explore the relationship between France and Europe with a particular emphasis on the European Union. You'll also explore the different changes that have occurred in French perspectives on Europe over the last six decades.

    Translation and Interpreting

    Develop your ability to interpret into and out of French and learn what it is like to be a professional interpreter in a major international organisation. You'll gain skills to help you endeavour tasks such as translation and interpreting as well as be prepared with a selection of theoretical and practical issues.

    The Limits of Representation: Text and Image in French Culture and Society

    Explore the different ways that text and image are combined in the form of signs, advertising, maps and calendars. You'll look at how the relationship between these two forms are in constant negotiation with each other.

    Mandarin Chinese modules

    Contemporary China

    You'll investigate the depths that the 20th-century revolutionary movement had on the modern Chinese state. This module will extend your knowledge of current political and cultural dynamics within China. You'll evaluate the interaction between cultural expressions and political events.

    Translation and Interpreting

    This module will help you to become aware of translation processes and you'll enjoy opportunities that will engage you in guided practices. You'll also work on a translation project either through tutorials, class activities or electronically.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

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.

Contact hours

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.

International exchange

You’ll also have the option to take part in an international exchange at a partner university. These options will enable you to gain impressive international experience, and broaden your perspective and career ambitions.

You’ll experience other cultures, travel the globe and open your eyes to a world of opportunities. Our exchange partnership with a number of international universities enables you to live and study in another country in your second year. Find out more.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a 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.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (50%), written (32%) and practical (18%)
  • Year 2 coursework (83%), written (12%) and practical (5%)
  • Final Year coursework (57%), written (33%) and practical (10%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (33%), independent study (67%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (28%), independent study (70%) and placements (2%)
  • Year 3 placements (100%)
  • Year 4 lectures/seminars/workshops (27%), independent study (73%)

94% student satisfaction rate for French Studies (NSS 2018).

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
  • self-motivation
  • a variety of IT skills.

Entry requirements

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent, including A-level French grade C)
  • GCSEs - English and Maths grade C / 4.

If you are unsure whether the qualifications you have, or are currently studying for, meet the minimum entry requirements for this course, please contact us before submitting an application through UCAS.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our courses. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit our Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) page. If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can.

For the Sandwich route (Full-time with year abroad) just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow our step-by-step guide.

If you're applying for the part-time route please apply online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You've got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you've applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Please see our fees page for more information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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