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SOAS Language Centre

New Korean Diploma programme starts Autumn 2015

Programme Code: UOFD0004

Start of programme: Monday 5th October 2015

This is a one-year programme with three syllabus units taught over three terms in one academic year.

Mode of Attendance: Full-time

Who is this programme for?:

Final Few Scholarships Available!

See Fees section below for Scholarship information.


The Diploma in Communicative Korean programme at SOAS Language Centre in London is designed to prepare students with no previous knowledge of Korean to live and work in a Korean-speaking environment. The mode of delivery and duration/intensity of courses is flexible. Further details about the Korean Certificate and Diploma programmes being offered in autumn 2015 are available from the Acting Course Convener, Ms Sinae Lew:

Email: sl4@soas.ac.uk or sinaelew@gmail.com

Complete beginners all apply directly for entry to Unit 1. Non-beginners should contact Ms Sinae Lew: to arrange an assessment interview which may be done by Skype or by phone.

A place in the programme starting from Unit 2 can be reserved following satisfactory assessment. Because of minimum attendance and coursework requirements, there is no direct entry to Unit 3.

Students who successfully complete Unit 1 may progress to Unit 2. Students who successfully complete Units 1 and 2 are awarded the Certificate in Communicative Korean and may progress to Unit 3. Students who successfully complete Units/Terms 2 and 3 are awarded the Diploma in Communicative Korean. '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 Korean in a limited range of situations and be able to read and write basic Korean 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 Korean in a wide range of social and professional situations and be able to read and write Korean 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.

Unit/TermAwardLanguage LevelCEFR CategoryCEFR BandTOPIK
1N/AElementaryWaystageA2Level 2
2CertificatePre-IntermediateThresholdB1Level 3
3DiplomaIntermediateVantageB2Level 4

Progression to Degree

The Diploma qualification can exempt Diploma holders from the first year of some SOAS language degrees. Students taking the Diploma may apply, through the UCAS process, for entry to year 2 of the appropriate language BA. All aspects of the application will be considered on an individual basis, with a Merit (60%) grade on the Diploma being the expected level for admission.


The course, comprising 15 hours of class study per week, is scheduled to run Monday to Friday daytime, with classes typically being held from 10.00 to 13.00. 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 Korean 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:

Core Unit Materials:
The National Institute of the Korean Language (2013). Sejong Korean 1-8. Seoul: Hawoo

Supplementary Materials:
Cho, J. & Oh, M. (2010) Korean Listening Skills. Seoul: Darakwon

Online materials for Sejong Korean course books can be found online

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 and those organised by the Centre of Korean Studies and the Korean Cultural Centre in London.


Students are assessed through a combination of termly written and oral examinations and continuous assessment. Students have to achieve 40% to pass. The overall term/unit grade will derive from continuous assessment (30%) and end-of-term/unit examination (70%). Continuous assessment will include marked homework and class tests, covering all 4 skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing), as well as usage and use of grammar and vocabulary in context. The end-of- term/unit and the end-of-programme (Unit 3) exams will assess all components of the programme syllabus.

Student Evaluation

Our students are very positive about the quality of the learning experience at the Language Centre. This is what Gloria, a former student, had to say about her language diploma course:

Gloria studies Japanaese at SOAS Language Centre



“What I was looking for was a challenge, and the diploma at SOAS is definitely that. The course is the only one that I know is full time and focuses only on language.
This is great as each week you can see your progress improving and it doesn't stop at just that. Not only am I improving in my language ability, my confidence is also benefiting from its intensity.
It's a unique course with so much help and support packed into it.”


Term Dates for 2015-2016

Term 1: Monday 5th October 2015 - Friday 18 December 2015
Term 2: Monday 4 January 2016 - Friday 25 March 2016
Term 3: Monday 11 April 2016 - Friday 8th July 2016


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:
Career Development Loans

Just Announced! Introduction Year Scholarships!
Thanks to the support of the Academy of Korean Studies, we can offer, this year 2015-16 only, scholarships of:
£2,500 to the first 6 students who register for the Diploma programme
£2,000 to the first 6 students who register for the Certificate programme
The scholarship will be deducted from your full fee payment.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to study for a Certificate/Diploma at a great price.

Certificate, 2 Terms:
Home/EU Students: £7,140.00 *
The course can be paid in two termly instalments as follows:
• Term 1: £3,570.00
• Term 2: £3,570.00

Overseas Students: £8,450.00 *
(To qualify for a Tier 4 VISA, all overseas students must pay their course tuition fees in full upon accepting their offer.)

Diploma, 3 Terms:
Home/EU Students: £9,000 *
The course can be paid in three termly instalments as follows:
• Term 1: £3,570.00
• Term 2: £3,570.00
• Term 3: £1,860.00

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.)

* 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.

Closing date for applications for Overseas Students: 28th August, 2015.
Closing date for applications for UK/EU Students: 18th September, 2015.

Places fill up very quickly and, to be sure of a place on the course, you should enrol and pay by August 31st.

The Language Centre contact for this programme is Ms Colleen Woods.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4828
Email: cw5@soas.ac.uk
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm


Ms Sinae Lew

Email: sl4@soas.ac.uk or sinaelew@gmail.com