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

HSK is an international standardized 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.

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 recognized 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

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.

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Last updated February 21, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 2019
30 hours
270 GBP
The cost of the course is £270 plus an exam fee.
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