This course is designed for Chinese language students aiming to sit the HSK 4 Chinese Proficiency Exam. Using a combination of mock exams, past exam papers and lessons covering the listening, reading, and writing, students of HSK 4 are recommended to enrol on 3-term courses to enable a continuation of study and to ensure the students gain a maximum capability to sit the HSK 4 exam.

The exam fee is included in the course tuition and one-to- one advice and feedback is provided by the instructor to help students reach their highest marks.

It is a Continuous-course and students are recommended to enrol for three terms to gain a maximum capability to sit the HSK 4 exam.

Each term is 2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

HSK 4 Proficiency Test fee included.

Mondays 4-6pm

Members of the public: £150 per term.

Concession/OBU affiliate: £105 per term.


Students should have passed HSK 3 with a minimum score of 220; or have taken 110-120 hours of Mandarin Chinese 600-800 words and master intermediate grammar knowledge. Students should have a basic knowledge of the characters and can recognize the 600 words in HSK1 to HSK 3

Students should have 1-2 hours to learn after class every day for listening, reading and review for passing the HSK exam.

If you are not sure about your level, please contact the office for an assessment before registering on the course.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of 3-term HSK 4 courses, students will be able to:

  • Recognise and write 1200 new words and up to 450 new characters from the HSK 4 exam.
  • Write a short composition
  • Read and write complex sentences.
  • Competently hold conversations with native speakers.
  • Confidently sit the exam.


This course uses HSK 4 Standard Textbook

  1. HSK 4 standard course (volume 1 and volume 2):
    Beijing Language and Culture University press
    Lead author: Jiang Liping Authors: Yu Miao, LiLin 2014
    VOLUME 1: ISBN 978-7-5619-3903-1
    VOLUME 2: ISBN 978-7-5619-3930-7
  2. HSK 4 standard course workbook (volume 1 and volume 2)
    Beijing Language and Culture University press
    Lead author: Jiang Liping Authors: Yu Miao, LiLin 2014
    VOLUME 1: ISBN 978-7-5619-4117-1
    VOLUME 2: ISBN 978-7-5619-4144-7





Refund policy

Refund requests will only be accepted under the following terms:

  • Applications for a refund must be made in writing or via email to ci@brookes.ac.uk.
  • Full refunds will only be made if they are received by the Confucius Institute 5 working days before the start date of the course.
  • The first class of courses above Beginner 1 may be attended for free to allow students to ascertain if the level is suitable for them. Students may only attend the first lesson if this has been discussed with the Administrative Officer. Payment must then be made before the second class.
  • Once payment has been made and the course has started, refunds will only be given for extenuating medical or personal circumstances. Requested refunds of this nature must be accompanied by evidence and will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Courses attended will be deducted plus a £20 administrative fee from the amount refunded.
  • We encourage each student to consider the time commitment needed for each course and ensure they feel able to attend the majority of lessons.