Joint honours degrees give you the maximum flexibility to study subject areas that truly interest you. MANDARIN CHINESE at NTU can be studied at beginner or GCSE level but if you wish to study the course at post A-level, you'll need an A-level in Mandarin Chinese. You'll develop excellent language skills as well as a broad understanding of Chinese culture and society. This course is ideal for anyone who wishes to understand the history, political and social aspects of China. LINGUISTICS will help you to analyse language and explore the power that language has to construct and constrain meaning. It will enhance and directly influence your understanding of human communications, identity and how language constructs and constrains meaning in different cultures and societies. NTU has a 91% student satisfaction rate for linguistics (NSS 2017). You won't need any prior understanding of foreign languages, grammar or of any technical terminology as this will be taught on the course. This Mandarin Chinese course will introduce you to the modern spoken and written language of Chinese. You'll then focus on the historical, political and cultural background of China. This course will help you to gain impressive communication skills such as reading and speaking whilst developing your accuracy and fluency of this modern and widely spoken language. During your third year you will have the option to either work for a year or study in China at one of our partner universities. To help improve your career prospects you'll be able to take a final year module that develops translation and interpretation skills. You'll be taught with the latest cutting edge language learning methodologies and CALL technologies. Linguistics is the study of human language and NTU's linguistics courses are in the UK’s Top 15 for student satisfaction (NSS 2017). This course will equip you with the tools for analysing language and for conducting your own research. You will become aware of the immense power that our language has to construct and to constrain meaning. To study this course we will not expect you to have prior knowledge of grammar; foreign languages; or technical terminology. It will provide you with the knowledge to analyse language on a deep scale to understand the power that language has to construct meaning in societies. You'll examine the latest developments in clinical linguistics, media discourse, child language acquisition and research in languages and gender. This joint honours degree will provide you with a breadth of skills which today's employers are seeking both nationally and internationally. You'll develop excellent language acquisition skills, effective written and verbal communication, critical thinking and problem-solving techniques. 92% of our linguistics joint honours undergraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2015-16). Both courses will allow you to analyse the use of the English and Mandarin language and you'll be able to identify how language creates meaning within different cultures and societies. You'll become more self-reliant, motivated and confident as well as be able to experience the Chinese culture for yourself if you decide to study abroad during Year Three. The course will help you to become more open minded about the different ways in which various societies communicate and you'll be able to gain a broad understanding of the Chinese culture. NTU has a 90% student satisfaction rate - The National Student Survey 2016. Our recent graduates have secured careers in a wide range of sectors including education, public relations and civil service. An increasing number of our graduates continue to be recruited by firms based in East Asia for a number of roles such as; broadcasting, law, media, film and television and language teaching.