Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese FlagChina will play a major role in world affairs in the future. Chinese is the most spoken language in the world! One out of five people is Chinese. If you can speak Chinese, you can communicate with more people different from yourself, and learn things not only about one of history's most enduring civilizations, but of a diverse and rapidly more important country.

Mandarin is a group of related languages used across the north and southwest of China; the common version known as 'standard Chinese' is based on the Beijing dialect. With around a billion speakers across the globe, Mandarin is spoken by more people than any other language (including English) making it a hugely valuable tool for conducting business. It is also a terrific challenge because of the complexity of both spoken and written forms.

Mandarin Chinese Beginners (Level 1)

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Mandarin (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations.

  • Session information: FAST TRACK EVENING COURSE - Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Timeline: Monday 26th April  - running until Wednesday 30th June 2021
  • Term 1: 10 weeks. Twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays - 6-8pm.
  • Fees: Full course £210 

Apply for Mandarin Level 1

Fast Track Level 1

This is for you if you have no prior knowledge of Mandarin (or so little that you effectively want to start again from scratch). You will learn basic skills to enable you to make yourself understood and to find out information in everyday situations. Fast Track courses enable you to complete the level in just one term, instead of two terms.

  • Session information: FAST TRACK EVENING COURSE - Monday and Wednesday evenings
  • Timeline: Monday 26th April  - running until Wednesday 30th June 2021
  • Term 1: 10 weeks. Twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays - 6-8pm.
  • Fees: Full course £210 

Apply for Mandarin Level 1 Fast Track

Mandarin Chinese Post-beginners (Level 2)

This is for you if you can already manage in everyday situations using the present tense and you have reached the A1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners (Level 1) course.

Session information: TBC
Timeline: Starting TBC
Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting  TBC; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming TBC
Fees: Term 1 - £120. Term 2 £120. Full Course £240.

Apply for Mandarin Level 2

Fast Track Level 2 

This is for you if you can already manage in everyday situations using the present tense and you have reached the A1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid and/or completed the Beginners (Level 1) course.

Session information: Saturdays 10am-2.30pm
Timeline: Starting 23 January 2021 running until 27 March 2021
Fees: £240 FULL course

Apply for Mandarin Level 2 Fast Track

Mandarin Chinese Intermediate (Level 3)

This is for you if you have reached a Level 2 in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners (Level 2) course.

Session information: TBC
Timeline: Starting TBC
Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting TBC; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming TBC
Fees: Term 1 - £120. Term 2 £120. Full Course £240.

Apply for Mandarin Level 3

Fast Track Level 3 

This is for you if you have reached a Level 2 in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at GSCE) and/or completed the Post-beginners (Level 2) course. FAST TRACK courses enable you to complete the level in just one term instead of two terms.

Session information: Saturdays 10.00am - 2.30pm, from TBC
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (60 learning hours), starting TBC
Fees: Full course 20 weeks - £260* (60 learning hours), 

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Mandarin Chinese Upper-intermediate (Level 4)

This is for you if you have reached a B1.1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to an A-Level grade F to C) and/or completed the Intermediate Level 3 course.

Session information: TBC
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting TBC; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming TBC
Fees: Full course, 20 weeks - £260* (60 learning hours), ; 1 term 10 weeks - £135* (30 learning hours), 

Apply for Mandarin Level 4

Mandarin Chinese Advanced (Level 5)

This is for you if you have reached the equivalent to a level B1 level in the ELP self-assessment grid (equivalent to a good grade at A levels) and/or completed the Intermediate Level 3 course.

Session information: TBC
Timeline: Term 1: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), starting TBC; Term 2: 10 weeks (30 learning hours), resuming TBC
Fees: Full course 20 weeks - £260* (60 learning hours) ; 1 term 10 weeks - £135* (30 learning hours), 

Apply for Mandarin Level 5