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Chinese (CertHE)

The Certificate of Higher Education in Chinese (Cert HE in Chinese) is a fully accredited university-level (Level 4) course in Chinese (Mandarin) for full-time and especially part-time learners who would like to concentrate on learning Chinese rather than studying a full degree in Chinese Studies.



Institution Code: T80
Tuition Fees 2021/22:


  • Mandarin is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world
  • Employers are looking for employees who can speak Mandarin
  • Students have to chance to visit China during the course
  • The Confucius Institutes offers scholarships to visit China for successful students on this course
  • The Confucius Institute offers a range of extracurricular activities related to the course

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course is suitable for

  • professionals with a first degree who wish to use Chinese in a professional context
  • students who are interested in a career in or involving China and thus want to learn Chinese
  • graduates who would like to do postgraduate study in a China-related area but so far lack the necessary language skills
  • students on a gap year who would like to learn Chinese before embarking on a degree course or enter work

The programme is aimed at students with no prior knowledge of Mandarin or with a level of Mandarin up to HSK Level 4. Entry points are Basic Chinese 1 or Intermediate Chinese 1.

Key programme features

  • Students have to chance to visit China during the course
  • The Confucius Institutes offers scholarships to visit or study in China for successful students on this course
  • The Confucius Institute offers a range of extracurricular activities related to the course

Programme delivery

Delivery of the programme is organised in three academic terms: Term 1 runs from September to December, Term 2 from January to March, and Term 3 from April to June. Each term consists of 10 teaching weeks during which a student will study 20 credits of Mandarin at the appropriate level. Students will meet twice a week for two 2-hour sessions (total of 4 hours/week) over the course of the term.

In addition, they have to attend three intensive workshop sessions per term, roughly one each month. These workshops will take place on Saturday mornings (9:00-13:00). Thus, students will have a minimum of 50 language contact hours per term. Like all students on our undergraduate programmes, students on the Certificate programme will be supported through tutorial sessions through our online learning platform "Moodle".

Module Topics

You will study topics such as:

  • Basic Chinese
  • Intermediate Chinese
  • Advanced Chinese

Please note, these topics may alter a little from year to year, owing to staff changes, curriculum development and recommendations following validation.

Assessment

Typical assessment pattern:

  • Assessment Component 1 – 15% Speaking Test
  • Assessment Component 2 – 15% Listening Test
  • Assessment component 3 – 20% Written Exercise
  • Assessment Component 4 – 50% Two hour examination
Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

Staff

Native Chinese Speakers from the School of Cultural Studies and the Confucius Institute at UWTSD.

Entry Criteria

The programme requirements are normally 260 UCAS points or above, or Access to HE qualification, or Foundation course. However, we are keen to assess each application on its own merit, and will also consider non-traditional routes, although admission may be subject to an interview.

Career Opportunities

Mandarin can be used in a wide range of occupations, particularly in those areas of contact with Chinese speaking partners.

Related Courses
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Further Information

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD

The educational programme and cultural events organised by the Confucius Institute, the first to be established in Wales in 2007, complements and enhances the Chinese Studies degree schemes in various ways. The CI offers

  • Scholarships
  • A two-week summer camp
  • Cultural events
  • Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK)
  • Opportunities to become involved in workshops to a wide range of audiences.