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Chinese (Mandarin) - Beginners

Course code: LCAV104P

Subject area: Languages

Study level: Part Time

Course level: U

Course details

Course time:

18:30 - 20:30

Days of week:


Course date:

24th Sept 2024 - 3rd Dec 2024

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

If you have no or minimal knowledge of the language, then this is the place for you to start your journey into Chinese (Mandarin) language. “Rusty” beginners who have learned very little Chinese but feel that revision and practice would be useful, may want to consider signing up as well.
This is a course with fun in mind. The main aim is to help you to begin to 'get by' in the language. The emphasis of the course will be on your speaking (mainly Pinyin based) and listening, also some relevant cultural information. It is about trying a new language and learning about certain related aspects of a new culture.

The topics mainly are:

- Basic Language knowledge: Pronunciation rules

- Greeting: hello, thank you, goodbye.

- Self- introduction – by name, nationality, job.

- Immediate family members

If you are to gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from your language learning, it will be useful to spend some time working between sessions. There will usually be a small amount of homework set each week.

The course will equip you with some knowledge of the Chinese characters. We will also introduce some culture/traditions alongside the Chinese festivals.

Please note due to half term there will be no teaching on 29th October 2024.

Abingdon and Witney College is subject to Ofsted regulation and is required to work with all its students to make sure they understand Government initiatives around Safeguarding, Prevent and Fundamental British Values. Information on these matters will be shared with you during your course.

You will also be asked to complete monitoring paperwork, which helps us to deliver course content to the highest quality.

What next?
Chinese (Mandarin) – Beginners B
Entry criteria
There are no formal entry requirements. All are welcome.

Courses can fill fast, so please enrol early to avoid disappointment. Decisions on whether a course is to run are made two weeks prior to the start date - an email will be sent to you should there be changes to your course or if it is cancelled. Please check your inbox leading up to your course, including the junk folders. For anyone without an email account, our Admissions team will phone you instead.

For the first week of the course you will need to bring a valid form of identification; this includes passport, driving licence, debit/credit card, Birth Certificate or National Insurance card.

Please note - you should be 19 years old or over at 31st August 2024 prior to starting the course.

Fee information
You will need to purchase a standard course book (HSK1), which normally costs around £25.

Courses offered by the college are fully or partly funded by the Government and the published fee takes account of this funding.

Before starting a course, the College is required to check you meet conditions relating to that funding, e.g. age, residency status within the UK/EEA, prior qualification level and employment status. In some circumstances (such as with online enrolments), these checks can only be completed after you have enrolled and paid.

If you are unable to pay in full for this course at the time of enrolment, and the course tuition fee is £300 or more, an instalment plan is available. If this is your preference, please do not enrol online but rather call the Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to enrol.

Once enrolled, Admissions will take the first instalment payment from you and pass on your details to the Finance team who will email you to set-up your payment plan. Please return a fully completed instalment plan to Finance as failure to do so could result in being withdrawn from your course.

The rules on fee reduction are complicated, we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions Team on 01235 216400 to discuss these options. You can find more information on our Fees and Bursaries page - search "Fees and Bursaries" at the top of the page.

Course fees

19+ Fee:

Tuition Fee: £192.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £217.00

19+ Reduced Fee:

Tuition Fee: £96.00

Exam Fee: £0.00

Books: £25.00

Total Cost: £121.00

Qualifications received
As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. However, you will be asked to complete activities that demonstrate how you are progressing on your course.
Learning & method assessment
- Course book and workbook

- Digital tools – online quizzes & activities

- Tutor demonstration and repetition, classroom interactive activities - pair work and group work

- Independent learning: homework/digital learning

- Informal on going assessment via Q&A, digital online quizzes, and audio tools. Peer assessment.

As this is a non-accredited course, there is no formal qualification. To track your progress and achievement you will be required to complete a short document.