Beginners Chinese 3, Certificate | Part time online | The Open University UK | United Kingdom
4 months
195 GBP/full
195 GBP/full
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Having embarked on the road to learning Mandarin Chinese, and being able to speak and understand some common topics, you may wish to continue your learning of this fascinating language. If so, this Beginners Chinese 3 course at The Open University UK will be an ideal opportunity to do just that.


Through 3–4 study hours per unit you’ll learn through a variety of online listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. You'll cover topics from describing the weather and people, to getting about and shopping. Beginners Chinese 3: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC003) is a perfect online short course to consolidate and develop further the skills needed to communicate effectively in Chinese in everyday contexts.

This course teaches Mandarin Chinese and simplified characters.

After successfully completing this Beginners Chinese 3 course at The Open University UK, you will receive a digital badge. This can be shared on social media, added to email signatures or act as a certificate.

You will learn

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • communicate with speakers of Chinese in a range of predictable and simple contexts relating to everyday life
  • use Hanyu pinyin confidently to indicate the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese
  • recognise 150–200 of the most frequently used words in pinyin or/and characters and be able to Word-process or handwrite them
  • better understand the cultural differences and customs between Chinese-speaking cultures and your own.

The course is designed to help you achieve a level of language proficiency equivalent to level A1 of the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR).

Programme Structure

This short course is designed to continue giving you a solid introduction to the Chinese language. You’ll learn the essentials of reading, writing, speaking and listening in Chinese. You’ll also develop key skills that will enhance your future study of the language.

Delivered through user-friendly, ‘bite-sized’ blocks, in each unit you’ll discover useful words and set phrases. Audio material, featuring recordings by native speakers of Chinese, and a wide variety of speaking activities will aid your pronunciation. Throughout the course you’ll build up your own Chinese phrase book covering varied topics such as:

  • describing people and places
  • talking about the weather
  • Chinese New Year
  • how to get to places
  • asking for prices
  • doing shopping
  • making comparisons.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months
    • 3 hrs/week

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start: At anytime before registration end date
  • Registration closes 31 December





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course.
  • You should have some basic knowledge of Mandarin Chinese, similar or equivalent to the language, skills and vocabulary practised in Beginners Chinese 1: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC001) and Beginners Chinese 2: 开始吧 kāishĭ ba! (LGXC002).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    195 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 195 GBP for the full programme during 4 months.


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