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HSK 1 (Mandarin Chinese)

Southwark Campus

Mode: Part-time

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HSK 1 (Mandarin Chinese) is a  30 hour part-time short course ideal for beginners looking to learn Mandarin.

HSK is an international standardised exam that tests and rates Chinese language proficiency.

There are six test levels and test takers who pass the six HSK exams will be able to progress from being able to master simple Chinese phrases to effectively express themselves both orally and on paper.

We offer HSK certificates levels 1-6 - see further information on the CITCM website.

In HSK level 1: you will learn 150 words and will be able to understand and use very simple Chinese phrases to make simple conversations on self-introduction, expression of gratitude and apology, numbers, time and date, weather, etc. You will also learn to read and write pinyin.

Obtaining the HSK 1 certificate gives you an internationally recognised qualification of competency in Chinese.

This course is delivered by the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM) which promotes Chinese culture and Chinese Medicine by providing a range of workshops and courses.



The HSK qualification is an international examination scheme which gives employers evidence of your linguist abilities in Mandarin Chinese. We offer HSK certificates levels 1-6 - see further information on the CITCM website.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Teaching and learning

You will receive:

  • Two hours contact teaching per week
  • Seven hours self study per week
  • There is no coursework but you will be given exercises and worksheets to help you with your self-study
  • There is an examination which tests reading and listening skills

Student feedback

"HSK level 1 was a very friendly introduction to Mandarin. We learned about Chinese culture as well as the language, and the teacher is excellent. After sitting my level 1 exam, I looked forward to beginning level 2.

Christina Higgins,

"HSK level 1 and 3 at CITCM, is a very exciting and fun way to learn Mandarin. The teaching is excellent and prepares you well for your HSK exams as well as teaching you about Chinese culture.

Farah Adam,

The HSK Mandarin course offered by the Confucius Institute makes learning another language fun and accessible for everyone. Lessons are well-structured, progression is intuitive and I enjoyed level 1 so much that when I finished I signed up for level 2 straight away. This course is very highly recommended!

Tasnim Patel,

I find that the classes are informative, helpful in understanding Chinese culture and traditions.The teacher encourages the class to work well together and we all seem to progress. I feel the class is helping me understand acupuncture more and I am glad I started the course.

Barbara Thurogood,

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for HSK level 1.

We consider applications from those who have gained relevant skills through a wide range of vocational qualifications or responsible experience.

Advanced entry

If you have already completed some studies at another university, we may be able to consider you for advanced entry. Please see our advanced entry page for more information.

How to apply

Apply direct to the Confucius Institute, include your name and contact number.

Email enquiries:
Telephone enquiries: 0207 815 7269

You are able to start studying in January, April or September.

For further details, please see the CITCM website.

Prepare to start

You will be given details about the course prior to starting and welcomed to the University.

Fees and funding

The cost of the course is £270 plus an exam fee.

LSBU students are eligible for a discount and pay £150 for the course.

Further information is available on the CITCM website.

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK

Tel: 0207 815 7500

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