Chinese related courses

UCLan offers a wide range of Chinese related courses from full time Degrees to informal calligraphy sessions, including the HSK/HSKK/YCT Chinese Proficiency Test, find out more below.

Courses for the public

UCLan Confucius Institute is able to help you to learn about Chinese language and culture.

For example, have you always wanted to attend a few language lessons but don’t have the time to attend a university course? Well, now you can attend classes at the Confucius Institute. You can attend a two hour class each week, or alternatively attend one-to-one lessons to suit your learning needs, easily fitting in with your busy lifestyle.

During classes you will learn about Chinese culture as you learn the language, and will soon be on your way to fulfilling your dream of speaking Chinese.

Chinese Calligraphy
Mondays 2-3pm. Brook Building room BB142a
Calligraphy 2016/17 Tuition Fee: £4/class or free for UCLan CI members*

Chinese Brush Painting
Fridays 3-5pm. Livesey House room LH127
Brush Painting 2016/17 Tuition Fee: £4/class or free for UCLan CI members*

*Chinese Calligraphy and Chinese Brush Painting classes are free to UCLan Confucius Institute Members. Annual UCLan Confucius Institute membership fee in £40.

Please visit room AB111 in the Adelphi Building to find out more information and to purchase your CI membership.

Language classes available include:

Please check our Events page regularly for news of Chinese culture events and activities.

If you need any help, or would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

School activities

UCLan Confucius Institute offers a range of Chinese language and culture classes for schools for more information please visit UCLan School Activities.

HSK Preparatory Courses and Exams


The time and rooms for HSK preparatory courses:

  • HSK Level 1
    No preparatory course this semester
  • HSK Level 2
    No preparatory course this semester
  • HSK Level 3
    Academic Year, Wednesday 6-8pm, LH126. Tuition fee: £80
  • HSK Level 4
    Academic Year, Wednesday 6-8pm, LH326. Tuition fee: £80
  • HSK Level 5
    Academic Year, Wednesday 6-8pm, LH301. Tuition fee: £110
  • HSK Level 6
    No preparatory course this semester

Please note: The tuition fees listed above are waived for the UCLan students; however, exam fees must be paid by all. Members of the public please mail the cheque to UCLan Confucius Institute Office. Postal address is as follows:

Han Xu
AB111, Adelphi Building
UCLan Confucius Institute
School of Language and Global Studies
University of Central Lancashire, PR1 2HE


Dates for HSK Written Exam and Oral Exam 2018:

Date Deadline of Registration
19/05/2018 22/04/2018
01/12/2018 05/11/2018

Log into the website, and choose the English language version on the right corner. Register if you are a new user. Please use IE browser (Version 6.0 or above) or Firefox browser. Other browsers are not supported.

Completed the registration steps online, you will get an email from to tell you that your pre-registration is successful. After this step, please go to the UCLan Online Store to pay the exam fee. Your registration is not complete until the payment has been made.

Exam fees for HSK written exam and oral exam:

  • HSK level 1: £20
  • HSK level 2: £30
  • HSK level 3: £40
  • HSK level 4: £50
  • HSK level 5: £60
  • HSK level 6: £70
  • Oral exam basic level: £35
  • Oral exam intermediate level: £45
  • Oral exam advanced level: £55

Please contact about registration and payment if there are any questions.

More information about HSK Written Exam and Oral Exam

(The number in the brackets indicate the approximate number of Chinese words you need to know in order to pass the exam.)

  • HSK level 1 - Can understand and use simple words and sentences to fulfil specific communication needs and have a foundation for the further study of Chinese (150 words)
  • HSK level 2 - Can communicate simply and directly on daily topics; can reach the advanced stage of beginner level (300 words)
  • HSK level 3 - Can complete basic communication tasks in daily life, study and work; can handle most communication tasks if traveling in China (600 words)
  • HSK level 4 - Can discuss a relatively wide range of topics in Chinese and be able to communicate with native speakers (1200 words)
  • HSK level 5 - Can read Chinese newspapers and magazines, appreciate Chinese films and television, and be able to write and deliver a full speech (2500 words)
  • HSK level 6 - Can easily understand what they read and listen and express themselves fluently in written and oral Chinese (5000+ words)
  • Oral Exam-Basic level (200 words) - A. Listen and repeat. B. Listen and answer questions.
  • Oral Exam-Intermediate level (900 words) - A. Listen and repeat. B. Speak according to the pictures. C. Answer questions.
  • Oral Exam-Advanced level (3000 words) - A. Listen and retell. B. Read the paragraph. C. Answer questions

YCT (Youth Chinese Test)

YCT is an international standardized Chinese language test which is directed an examining non-native primary and secondary school students’ ability to apply Chinese language in their studies and daily lives. It consists of two independent parts: written exam and oral exam. The written exam is made up of four levels and the oral exam includes basic level and intermediate level only.

Dates for YCT Written Exam and Oral Exam 2018:


Date Deadline of Registration
12/05/2018 15/04/2018
17/11/2018 21/10/2018  

Exam fees for YCT written exam and oral exam:

  • YCT level 1: £5
  • YCT level 2: £10
  • YCT level 3: £20
  • YCT level 4: £25
  • Oral exam basic level: £10
  • Oral exam intermediate level: £10

YCT registration and payment are the same way as HSK exams.

Degree courses