Chinese FCSE

Chinese FCSE

Course introduction

Chinese is a language spoken by nearly one-fifth of the world’s population and has become important as a language of global business. By studying this Chinese programme you will become familiar with both the language and culture of China.

Following completion of the course, your new knowledge and understanding may prove invaluable in employment and/or Higher Education, depending on your next steps. This qualification can also count towards EBACC points, which are recognised by Russell Group of Universities.

You should be committed and passionate about learning a new language and discovering a new culture. You will need to purchase two textbooks at an approximate cost of £30.

Why choose
Chinese FCSE?

We are the only college providing Chinese language learning opportunities in our area. Our experienced Chinese teachers are passionate, supportive and always willing to help. This has enabled learners to achieve record exam results over successive years.

Did you know? At Brock you can befriend a Chinese International student as a ‘study buddy’ to obtain mutual learning benefits. Plus, we run cultural events on campus such as celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year. There are also opportunities to participate in exchange trips to China (travel rules permitting).

Teaching & learning

You will learn the structure of Chinese characters and its Pinyin system for pronunciation. You will learn the language by practising new vocabulary and set phrases through reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. The topics covered will be related to your daily life, such as family and friends, education and plans, holidays and travel, food and drinks, hobbies and local areas etc. At this level there is a great emphasis on vocabulary building, so a commitment to regular review of the work covered in lessons is essential. You will also learn the language through strong cultural elements, such as celebrations around Chinese Lunar New Year.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above



GCSE English Language grade 6 and above



You do not need any previous Chinese language learning experience. However, it would be helpful if you have already studied a second language. Having said that, we welcome anyone who is interested in Chinese language and culture.

Course structure

  • Become familiar with the Pinyin pronunciation system.
  • Learn to introduce yourself, your family and your friends in Chinese.
  • Talk about your daily routine, where you live and your local area in Chinese.
  • Describe your holiday plans relating to transport, weather and accommodation in Chinese.
  • Gain an introduction to Chinese food and drinks and discuss what you like and dislike.
  • Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year and other cultural events.

What can I do with this qualification?

You can move on to the second year and complete the GCSE Chinese qualification if you wish. Many universities now offer Chinese courses alongside other degrees. Importantly, this one-year FCSE Chinese will give you the ideal foundation to continue your Chinese learning whether at Brock or at university.

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