Certificate & Diploma in Communicative Chinese - Full-time
Programme Code: UOFD0002
Start of programme: Monday 26 September 2016
This is a one-year programme with three syllabus units taught over three terms in one academic year.
Mode of Attendance: Full-time
The Diploma in Communicative Chinese programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Chinese to live and work in a Chinese-speaking environment.
Students who successfully complete Unit 1 progress to Unit 2. Students who successfully complete Units 1 and 2 are awarded the Certificate in Communicative Chinese and may progress to Unit 3. Students who successfully complete Units/Terms 2 and 3 are awarded the Diploma in Communicative Chinese. 'Successful completion' means that the student has met the attendance requirements for the term, has submitted satisfactory course work and passed the end-of-unit oral and written exams.
A student awarded the Certificate will be able to communicate effectively in Chinese in a limited range of situations and be able to read and write basic Chinese with ease. S/he will have a good command of the language used in survival situations, social conversations, everyday transactions, discussions of current affairs and in various job-related contexts.
A student awarded the Diploma will be able to communicate effectively in Chinese in a wide range of social and professional situations and be able to read and write Chinese of considerable complexity, ranging across a wide variety of topics. S/he will have an assured command of the grammar and vocabulary of the language and be able to participate confidently in conversations that cover more sophisticated topics and/or involve mixed registers.
How do these awards compare with other standards?
Approximate equivalents with other recognised standards of language proficiency are given below for general guidance only.
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Progression to a SOAS Degree
It is possible, in some cases, for Diploma holders who pass with a merit grade (60%0 and can demonstrate that they have the required academic standard, to progress to the BA Chinese Studies degree. Further details about progression requirements will be posted here shortly. Meanwhile, applicants interested in progression options should, in the first instance, before they enrol, seek the advice of the Programme Convenor, Mr Shejiao Xu.
The course is scheduled to run Monday to Friday daytime, with classes typically being held either in the late morning or early afternoon. In addition to the classroom contact hours and scheduled online sessions, some small group or individual tutorials will be available by appointment. The programme is very demanding and students will be expected to spend at least 20 hours of study outside class every week.
The programme is based on the communicative approach to teaching Chinese and develops the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in a balanced way. Students will also learn to activate grammatical patterns and acquire a wide range of vocabulary which they can use to express their meanings accurately and appropriately. The programme is continually adapted to students’ learning needs and so the pattern of learning activities varies from session to session.
In addition to audio-visual materials and a variety of original materials supplied by the teachers, the course is based on a number of core textbooks such as:
- Su, D., Atkinson, J. and Zhang, G. (2004) Chinese for Everyone. London: Cypress Book Co. UK Ltd
- T’ung, P.C. and Pollard, D. E. (1983) Character Text for Colloquial Chinese. London: Antony Rowe, Chippenham, Wiltshire
- Chou, C., Chao, D and Gao, C. (2012) A Trip to China. Princeton: Princeton University Press
The required materials may be obtained from the Language Centre.
Other Learning Opportunities
Students will have the opportunity to attend relevant seminars and lectures available in the School, such as those organised by the London Confucius Institute based at SOAS and the SOAS China Centre.
Students are assessed through a combination of termly written and oral examinations and continuous assessment.
Our students are very positive about the quality of the learning experience at the Language Centre. This is what Philippa, a recent graduate from the Chinese diploma programme, had to say about the course:
Term Dates for 2016-2017
Term 1: 26th September - 16th December 2016
Term 2: 9th January - 31st March 2017
Term 3: 18th April - 16th June 2017
NOTE: Students must be present also during the following exam week as 2 Mondays lost to Bank Holidays will be made up and exams will take place between 19th and 23rd June.
Fees for the Diploma
Home/EU Students: £9,000.00
The course fees for Home/EU students can be paid in three termly instalments as follows:
- Term 1: £3,000.00
- Term 2: £3,000.00
- Term 3: £3,000.00
Overseas Students: £10,995.00
To qualify for a Tier 4 VISA, all overseas students must pay their course tuition fees in full upon accepting their offer.
Students who enrol on this programme may apply for a Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) to cover the fees. For further information on this, please follow the link below:
* For Self-Funding students only, we offer a 5% discount to those who pay the full course fee at the start of the first term.
How to Apply
To apply for a Language Centre Certificate/Diploma programme you can download our application and payment forms or contact us for the forms. Please read the terms and conditions before filling in the forms. Completed application forms, accompanied by the course fee, made payable to SOAS, should be returned to SOAS Language Centre.
For Overseas applicants, you will need to apply for a student visa. To start this process, see our guidelines page.
Overseas applicants who require a Tier 4 study visa should begin the via application process as soon as possible. They should start gathering the necessary documents and financial statements at the same time as they apply to us so that they are ahead and ready to quickly complete the visa process as soon as they receive our written unconditional offer.
To allow for this, the final deadline for applications from overseas students, accompanied by the course fee, made payable to SOAS, is Friday, August 26th. Late applications from overseas students may be considered if there are places left and only if it is likely that the visa can be obtained in time.
Please note: if there any hold-ups with the visa, students may be accepted onto the course up to two weeks after the start date only. Last joining date: Monday 10th October. If the visa is not obtained in time, students cannot join the course and their place may be allocated to an applicant on the waiting list.
Students not requiring a visa should also apply as early as possible to be sure of getting a place but by Friday September 9th at the latest. Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the Programme Convener and only if there are places remaining.
The Language Centre contact for this programme is Mr Shejiao Xu, Senior Chinese Teacher.
Shejiao Xu Convenor