Certificate of Higher Education in Chinese


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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.

Key Facts

Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
1 Year Full-time/2 Years Part-time

Location:
Lampeter | Swansea
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Name:
Associate Prof Thomas Jansen
Language Choice
English  



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 in 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".

Programmme structure

YEAR 1

Term 1

Core Modules

CSCH4011

or

CSCH4008

Basic Chinese 1

 

Intermediate Chinese 1

20 credits

 

20 credits

Term 2

Core Modules

CSCH4012

or

CSCH4009

Basic Chinese 2

 

Intermediate Chinese 2

20 credits

 

20 credits

Term 3

Core Modules

CSCH4008

or

CSCH4013

Intermediate Chinese 1

 

Advanced Chinese 1

20 credits

 

20 credits

YEAR 2

Term 1

Core Modules

CSCH4009

or

CSCH4014

Intermediate Chinese 2

 

Advanced Chinese 2

20 credits

 

20 credits

Term 2

Core Modules

CSCH4013

 

Advanced Chinese 1

20 credits 

Term 3 

Core Modules

CSCH4014

 

Advanced Chinese

20 credits

  • 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

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

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

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.

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

The course is accredited by the Chinese Language Council International (HANBAN).

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.