China, with a population of over 1.3 billion and counting, is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Not only does it have one of the biggest populations in the world, but it will soon be one of the most powerful industrial, economical, and perhaps even military powers of the 21st Century and beyond.
Hence, Chinese is a very valuable degree to have indeed.
Although you don't necessarily need an A-level in Chinese, enthusiasm and a skill for languages are key. Although it is a very simple language to learn, there are over 65,000 different characters which you may have to learn during your degree, so a good memory always helps ;-).
Apart from Oxbridge and SOAS, most universities offering Chinese as a single or joint honours degree require BBB-BBC at A-level, preferably with an A in a modern language, although this is not essential due to Chinese being significantly different to European languages.
UCAS Form & Personal Statement
Life as a Chinese Student
Want to impress your Chinese friends by speaking Chinese to them? Maybe they will even cook for you! BIG BONUS!