BA Hons English Language with Chinese

Lancaster offers several degrees which combine a main subject with Chinese. Chinese is taught by our Department of Linguistics and English Language, which is 3rd in the UK, as ranked by The Times Good University Guide 2014, and 9th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings for 2014.

This degree in English Language with Chinese combines the study of the history and structure of language alongside the study of Chinese language and culture.

In your first year you will gain an understanding of the English language - how it has evolved, how to describe it, how it functions and how it varies in our core English Language module. You will also study our core Chinese module which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese Language or culture.  For your final first year module you can choose to complement your studies with a Linguistics module or from a wide range of options from across the University.

For your second year you will study English Grammar and English Phonetics alongside further Chinese Language modules. These modules will build on the intensive language introduction given in your first year through further language tuition and understanding of the structure of Chinese. You will also have the opportunity to choose a further module from those offered by the Department, such as The Structures of Language or Discourse Analysis.

Your final year comprises a dissertation plus modules in Corpus-Based English Language Studies, Advanced English Phonetics, Chinese Culture and Society, a further Chinese Language module as well as a choice of modules from those offered by the Department.

What will you study?

Part I (Year 1)

In Part I you will take the following:

Part II (Years 2 & 3)

In Part II you take eight units in total, four in each year. All eight units must be taken within the Department.

The following courses are compulsory:

  • LING222 English Grammar (second year)
  • LING223 English Phonetics (second year)
  • CHIN200 Chinese Language 2 (15 credits)
  • CHIN201 Chinese Language 3 (15 credits)
  • LING301 Dissertation (final year)
  • LING326 Corpus-based Methods in English Language Studies (final year)
  • LING327 Advanced English Phonetics (final year)
  • CHIN300 Chinese Language 4 (15 credits)
  • CHIN310 Chinese Culture and Society (15 credits)

The remaining units can be selected from the Department’s Part II courses.

What qualifications will I need?

A level:


IB Diploma:

35 pts overall with 16 from best 3HL subjects


Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

Required subjects:

One of the three A levels should be English Language, English Language and Literature, modern language, or classical language. An additional requirement will normally be made for a grade A or A* in the study of a modern or classical language at GCSE, or a B at AS or A2 level, or equivalents, to ensure students are prepared for the study of a new foreign language.


If you have obtained, or are predicted, a grade A in the Extended Project Qualification, your offer will be one grade lower than typical offers. For example an AAB offer will be made at ABB with an A in the EPQ.


What are my career prospects?


A combined degree that includes a language is highly sought after by employers. The benefit of a degree in Linguistics or English Language with Chinese is the wide choice of careers available to graduates, ranging from accountancy and IT to journalism, advertising and management.  It is also valuable in fields where international communication is important, like science, trade and international relations.

Transferable skills

The language and communication skills gained on this course along with a proficiency in Chinese language and a practical knowledge of China can lead to career destinations in the Civil Service, international trade and banking that operate in or with China.

Further specialism

Many of our graduates continue their studies at Lancaster or other institutions and undertake postgraduate studies or professional training in the field of languages or linguistics.



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