At Keele we offer 6 levels of Chinese, from absolute beginner to intermediate, available to all Keele students and staff.

Mandarin Chinese/Standard Chinese (Putonghua/Hanyu) is spoken by 70% of the people of China. Standard Mandarin (Beijing Dialect) is the lingua franca in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, 56 distinct ethnic groups and 292 living languages. It is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The written form is based on pictogram known as Hanzi (中文zhōngwén).

Learning Mandarin Chinese will give you opportunities to experience 5,000 years of Chinese history, 9,600,000 square kilometres of land, delicious food and many interesting customs and traditional festivals.

See the module catalogue for the description of:

Semester 1
Semester 2
Chinese 1 Chinese 2
Chinese 3  Chinese 4
Chinese 5 Chinese 6

Which level do I choose?

There are 6 levels (stages 1-6). The qualifications table will show you the most appropriate module for your level of language competence. Where GCSE qualifications are given, we assume these were taken 2-5 years ago.

Keele Students

If you choose a Modern Language module as a free-standing elective within your undergraduate degree programme there is no additional cost.

If your principal programme does not allow you to take any free-standing elective modules you can still enrol on one language module per semester free of charge.  Equally, if you can only choose one free-standing elective per year you can take a second module in the same language without additional charges.


Students who have sufficient free-elective space but would like to take one or more Modern Language modules in addition to their degree have to pay a module fee of £250 for the first module and £199 for a second module in the same language in the same year.

We are pleased to offer our PGT and PGR students a number of free places on our language modules (subject to availability). For details please e-mail

Please contact the Language Centre office ( who will be happy to advise on any of the above.

Keele Staff

As part of Keele's international strategy, the Language Centre offers free places on credit-bearing language modules to staff.


Times for classes are dependent on the Keele undergraduate timetable and will be available from the beginning of the academic year.

Students taking our language modules may also have the opportunity to get first-hand experience of language and culture during vacation periods – see Residential Summer Language Courses.

What our students say

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about our Chinese Modern Language modules:

"I'd just like to highlight the enthusiasm and optimism of my Mandarin tutor and thank her for her seemingly infinite patience."

"My tutor was very inspirational and has made me want to learn Chinese at a greater level."

"What a fantastic 3 years of language learning, it has been the highlight of my three years at Keele."

"Feedback simultaneously built confidence and issued points for improvement."

"I enjoyed the media used to help familiarise us with the pronunciations. I would like to see some more of them in my later Chinese learning."