Language Courses and Exams

Studying Mandarin, the most commonly spoken language in the world, can help individuals grasp a countless number of new opportunitites.

CITCM offers a series of high quality Mandarin Courses designed to help individuals pass the internationally recognised HSK, HSKK and YCT exams. Participating in these courses, and passing the exams, can help to unlock a variety of opportunities including the ‘Summer in China’ study trip and the Confucius Institute Scholarship.

In addition to our well structured HSK group classes, we also offer one to one tuition and private group courses.

HSK Language Course: Timetable, Prices and Registration

An Introduction to HSK

The internationally recognised HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) exam assesses the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers from beginner to advanced level (divided into levels 1-6). Our well structured HSK course is designed to help individuals develop their Mandarin and progress through the levels in a systematic and efficient manner.

Timetable and Prices

Please click here to view the Mandarin Course timetables and prices.

Registration

To register for a Mandarin Course please follow the steps listed below.

  1. Pay the course fee by visiting our online shop. If you would like to discuss alternative payment methods please contact us.
  2. Forward the payment confirmation to ci4tcm@lsbu.ac.uk. Be sure to state your full name, phone number, LSBU student number (if you have one), level and group. Please state your first and second choice of group so that we can accommodate you if your first choice is unavailable.

Resources

You can visit the official Chinese Test website to download HSK vocabulary lists and mock tests.

Terms and Conditions

If you choose to participate in a Mandarin course you are agreeing to the Course Regulations set out by CITCM.

HSK and HSKK Exams: Timetable, Prices and Registration

Dates and Prices

Please click here to view the HSK and HSKK exam dates and prices.

Exam Registration

  1. Register online (for detailed instructions on how to complete the registration form please click here).
  2. Pay the exam fee by visiting our online shop.
  3. Email ci4tcm@lsbu.ac.uk the payment receipt and the registration document.

Points to Note

  1. Registration closes 30 days prior to the exam.
  2. After registration closes candidates cannot request a refund or change the date of their exam
  3. We only offer the paper based test.
  4. The examination date, time and location which is stated on the online registration system and Attendance certificate is usually incorrect. For the correct details, please see the information in ‘HSK and HSKK exam dates’. CITCM will email you approximately 2 weeks after the registration deadline to confirm the location and time of the exam. If you are not sure about the correct date please contact us as soon as possible.

Private Group Courses

Private group courses are tailored to accommodate the needs of 2 or more people. This is an efficient way to help small groups of students/friends/associates improve their Chinese communication ability whilst preparing them for the HSK exams.

These classes cost only £15 per person per hour. The first block of small group lessons must be purchased as a block of at least 10 hours. After which, lessons can be bought in blocks of 5 hours.

Please contact ci4tcm@lsbu.ac.uk to confirm availability prior to making your payment at the online shop.

Please click here to view the private group course regulations.

1-2-1 Mandarin Classes

In addition to group courses we offer one to one tuition for individuals looking for greater flexibility or focus.

Your teacher will design unique lessons to meet your needs and requirements, the course content can focus on anything from exam preparation to survival Chinese or business Chinese (intermediate and above). The time of your class will also be very flexible and can be discussed directly with the teacher.

These 1-2-1 classes provide a more efficient and flexible way of studying and cost only £20 per hour. The first block of 1-2-1 lessons must be purchased as a block of at least 10 hours. After which, lessons can be bought in blocks of 5 hours. Please contact CITCM to confirm availability prior to making the payment at our online shop.

Please click here to view the 1-2-1 HSK Course Regulations.

YCT Exams: Timetable, Prices and Registration

An Introduction to YCT

The new YCT (Youth Chinese Test) is an international standardized test of Chinese language proficiency. It assesses young foreign students' abilities to use Chinese in their daily and academic lives. The new YCT consists of a writing test which is divided into four levels, namely, the YCT (level I), YCT (level II), YCT (level III), and YCT (level IV).

Dates and Prices

Please click here to view the YCT exam dates and prices.

Exam Registration

  1. Register online.
  2. Pay the exam fee by visiting our online shop.
  3. Email ci4tcm@lsbu.ac.uk the payment receipt and the registration document.

Points to Note

  1. Registration closes 30 days prior to the exam.
  2. After registration closes candidates cannot request a refund or change the date of their exam.
  3. Tests will be administered either at London South Bank University’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute or your schools.

Testimonials

"The Mandarin classes are a fun experience with great teachers. Chinese is a skill that would be valuable to anyone. Do it! You wont regret it!" (Liz Manning, HSK 1).

"My teacher at CITCM was fantastic, I learn a lot and I definitely want to continue learning" (Juber, HSK 1).

"The Mandarin lessons at CITCM are taught in a simple way which makes the language easy to understand. I felt confident after the first lesson!" (Kayla Whyte, HSK 2).

"During the course I got to know several CITCM teachers, all of who were helpful and inspiring people" (Caroline Agyemang, HSK 3).

"The Mandarin lessons at CITCM gave me the confidence to speak Mandarin whilst I was in China. The teachers were very good which made it easy for us to learn" (Linsay Gunton, HSK 2).

"The Chinese lessons at CITCM were brilliant. I felt that I learnt a lot as the class was small and so the lessons were intimate" (Claire Taylor, HSK 2).

"The Mandarin lessons at CITCM definitely helped to lay the foundation which allowed me to communicate comfortably in China. I cant wait to proceed to other HSK levels" (Joan Mwangi-Smith, HSK 1).

"An excellent course which is well thought out and organised. It was very interesting, useful and enjoyable" (Andrew Unger, HSK 1).