Chinese Major (BA) | Curtin University
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Study Chinese at Curtin
MJRU-CHNSE

Chinese

Undergraduate major

Chinese is the world’s most spoken first language. Classes cater for beginners through to native speakers.

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  • Qualification
    Chinese Major (BA)
  • Credit
    200
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This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

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Why study Chinese at Curtin?

Transferable skills

Humanities courses teach transferable skills for global careers. 

Specialist pathways

This course can be studied in a double degree.

Global Education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Chinese

Outline

Outline

Spoken by 1.3 billion people, Chinese is the world’s most spoken first language. China also has one of the world’s most vibrant economies, and is a major trade partner of Australia.

With Asia’s continuing social and economic growth, an understanding of Chinese language and culture is increasingly important in global engagement.

This major will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for a diverse international career.

You will gain a high level of literacy in Chinese – listening, speaking, reading and writing – and a deep understanding of Chinese culture and society.

This major is suitable for all students (previous study of Chinese is not required). Advanced classes are provided for students who have studied Chinese previously and specific units are offered for native speakers of the language.

Chinese is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a second major or choose from a range of elective units that support your career goals.

You can also study this major as part of a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce double degree.

What jobs can the Chinese Major (BA) lead to?

Careers

  • Research officer
  • Foreign affairs and trade officer
  • Interpreter / translator
  • Tourism information officer / tour guide
  • Welfare worker
  • Teacher – English as a Second Language.

Industries

  • Education
  • Foreign affairs and trade
  • Global business
  • Government / public service
  • International relations
  • Media
  • Mining and minerals production
  • Public service
  • Tourism.

What you'll learn

  • communicate in Chinese, and apply knowledge of applied linguistics and intercultural communication in a professional context
  • critically analyse issues in the context of cultural and linguistic differences
  • locate, evaluate and synthesise information from various sources using more than one language
  • function in Chinese with an ability to communicate in an appropriate register in a range of situations and for a range of purposes
  • use technology effectively to collect information and communicate in more than one language
  • take responsibility for own learning and professional development in an international context
  • evaluate and analyse issues arising in the region with in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture
  • interact with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds with an understanding of cultural differences
  • work independently and in teams with an intercultural understanding

Last semester I had an exchange scholarship to Fudan University in Shanghai. The culture, the people and the general environment was a dream – it solidified my desire to work in Asia after my studies.

Sophie Porter

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Written English and either verbal or quantitative

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you'll choose your second major once you have been accepted into the course.

Students with prior learning can start at the second- or third-year level. Contact the course coordinator to ensure you enrol at the appropriate level.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Written English and either verbal or quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you'll choose your second major once you have been accepted into the course.

Students with prior learning can start at the second- or third-year level. Contact the course coordinator to ensure you enrol at the appropriate level.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma.

  • STAT entry

    Written English and either verbal or quantitative

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you'll choose your second major once you have been accepted into the course.

Students with prior learning can start at the second- or third-year level. Contact the course coordinator to ensure you enrol at the appropriate level.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

Higher education course switcher criteria

Our admission criteria for minimum entry apply to Curtin course switchers. For information on how to meet Curtin's minimum entry requirements, please see our admission criteria web page.

ATAR pathway

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

Other requirements and notes for this course

Applicants are required to choose one of the Bachelor of Arts majors when applying. If you wish to study a double major, you'll choose your second major once you have been accepted into the course.

Students with prior learning can start at the second- or third-year level. Contact the course coordinator to ensure you enrol at the appropriate level.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

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Find your pathway to Curtin

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Fees & charges

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