Business Management and Chinese (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Business Management and Chinese (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    M248; Short form: BMC/FE

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Are you looking for a distinctive course that combines the study of business with Chinese language and culture? This degree incorporates practical elements, providing students with the opportunity to live and study in China, in addition to work experience within an international company. It is the only degree course with a compulsory overseas internship. It draws on the close links which the University has with institutions in China and with industry in both China and the UK to provide work placements, industrial visits and guest lecturers.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education 
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Foundation in TESOL
  • Introduction to Area Studies


Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Extended Course Essay

Year 2 and 3

  • Beginners Chinese Language: Literacy
  • Beginners Business Chinese Conversation
  • An Introduction to Contemporary China
  • The Business Environment
  • The Functions of Business


  • Intermediate Chinese: Literacy
  • Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation
  • A ‘Preparation for Year Abroad’ module
  • Global Business Environment
  • Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Managing Personnel and Human Resources


Year 4 and 5

  • The 3rd year of the programme is a placement in China.


  • Advanced Chinese
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting / Theory and Practice of Translation
  • Understanding Chinese Economy and Society
  • Business Strategy and Global Growth
  • Dissertation
  • An optional module, in areas including  HRM, Marketing, Development and International Relations in the Asia Pacific Region, Cultural and Business, and Middle East, Middle Kingdom and the Rise in Middle Class.


Further Information

Great Industry Links

Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanaban, promoting Chinese culture and language.


Case Studies

Read about our past students

Teresa Cousulich

"My course at UCLan was central to my success in gaining a job at WPP Agency. It is, in my opinion, the best-designed BA course in the United Kingdom in which to study International Business and Chinese language and culture, offering significant time in China, including the opportunity for work experience."

Natasha Taylor
Business Management and Chinese Graduate


Interpreting facilities

Exceptional Opportunities

As the world's second largest and fastest growing economy, the largest exporter and second largest importer, China increasingly drives world business and politics. This course will develop your academic, cultural, linguistic and economic relationships with the rising superpower.

This is an innovative and distinctive course that provides an integrated mix of the study of business, and Chinese language and culture. It combines areas of strength and expertise within the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies and the Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise and draws on the close links which the University has with institutions in China and with industry in both China and the UK. 

The start of the course assumes no prior knowledge of Chinese (Mandarin). Students who have already learnt some Chinese will be assessed and placed at a higher level if appropriate. You will further study Chinese language, together with the study of business and Chinese society which provides you with the skills required to spend a year of the programme in China during the third year. The final year of the programme enables you to develop a range of language skills required in a business setting, and to develop your understanding of strategic decision-making, management issues and the role that these play in the survival and competitiveness of the global firm.

Your Year abroad

The course includes an intensive summer study tour in Beijing at the end of Year 1 and a full year abroad at the end of Year 2, supported by the UCLan Study Abroad Exchange Programme. Students will be able to study and undertake a work placement in China as part of their degree.

The UCLan Confucius Institute also helps students to apply for full scholarships of studying in China. Do your own research into the university you would like to study at.  Ensure that UCLan has an exchange contract with the University:


*subject to change


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

This programme incorporates practical elements by drawing on the close links which the University has with institutions and industries in both China and the UK, making use of international work placements, industrial visits and guest lecturers.

Examples of past placements include:

  • Hill & Knowlton in Shanghai (PR)
  • Mercedes Benz in Beijing (Sales)
  • DB Schenker in Beijing (Logistics)
  • RedStar Times Media in Qingdao (Media)
  • Sinoconcept in Qingdao (Sourcing)
  • Heilongjiang Life Radio in Haerbin (Broadcasting host)
  • Central Plastics Co., Ltd. In Tianjin (Business Development)
  • Shanghai SIP Engineering Consulting Ltd

Learning Environment and Assessment

The learning methods may include lectures, seminars, group work, individual presentations and research, role play situation, mock interviews and live project work. We offer generous contact hours, with 10 hours a week on Chinese modules, and extra 2 hours free tutorial led by the Confucius Institute tutors.

The methods of assessment vary with each course module and include coursework, examinations, project work and seminar presentations.

To ensure the course is intellectually stimulating, research informed teaching is applied throughout the modules by drawing on staff’s expertise and their own research interests. For example, new topics were recently introduced about the emerging ‘China’s Culture Diplomacy’, and new modules were developed to reflect the rapid change in China such as ‘Understanding Chinese Economy and Society’.

The course leader of the programme is Sunny Xin Liu. Other staff members include: Jiayi Wang, Guanyu Huang and Stuart Horrocks.


You could move on to a variety of successful careers in international business, consultancy, translation/ interpreting, or worldwide teaching. You’ll strengthen your CV and enhance your employability through your work placement abroad and further opportunities through the Worldwise Learning Centre. The specialist options and dissertation provide a firm foundation for further study on MA, MPhil/PhD or MBA courses.

We’re working with professional agencies to secure you placements. During your study you’ll also have opportunities to do shadowing in a local company that has a joint venture in China. Extra study trips to China are also on offer and are organised by the UCLan Confucius Institute

Our graduates are currently enjoying careers in many international organisations including positions like Advertising Account Executive at JWT, the world's best-known marketing communications brand; Research Analyst at China-Britain Business Council based in Shanghai; HR consultant at Audi China based in Beijing; Digital Marketing Executive at Soap Media in Manchester, Lead Asia Trainer at Logica; International Business Manager at Hellmann Worldwide Logistics; Head of Corporate Contracts at Quintessentially Lifestyle in Dubai; IPO Supervisor at Bruker in Shanghai, editor for China Daily in Beijing,teaching position at British school in Guangzhou and Chongqing.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate taught Masters; our programmes include: MA Interpreting and Translation. For those of you who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD), please visit Research.


You will study using the latest industry-standard equipment in our professional interpreting suites. You will have access to our state of the art Learning Centre, where interactive video, satellite TV, computers, and other self-study audio and video materials are available to you on an open access basis. You can study additional languages using the digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers a varied programme of activities designed to give students global experiences on campus and there are bursaries available to support short trips abroad during your time with us. Our Worldwise Learning Centre offers five-day work experience placements and short-term internships for graduates and final year students.