Diploma in Chinese

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China is one of New Zealand’s biggest trading partners, and people who are fluent in Chinese are in demand in many companies. The Diploma in Chinese helps you develop advanced fluency in Chinese language in as little as two years. The programme focuses purely on Chinese language acquisition, equipping you with the skills for daily communication and in the workplace.

Programme code: AK3428
Level: 6
Points: 240
Duration: 2 years full-time / Equivalent part-time
Venue: City campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

AUT University encourages early application. These qualifications will remain open until all places have been filled.

Entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits including eight level 2 credits in one of the following subjects: Economics, Te Reo Māori or Te Reo Rangatira, Physical Education, or any language rich subject from AUT's subject list.
    CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above.
  • Completion of Year 13 is recommended.

Selection criteria
Interview may be required. Completion of Year 13 is recommended.

Structure and content

Year one

Students develop a base of linguistic competence in Chinese in both oral and written communication, together with an understanding of social and cultural aspects of China. Chinese culture is introduced to enable students to have an overall understanding of the Chinese tradition and its present situation.

Cultural aspects are also introduced regularly in Year One and Year Two in the language papers. 800 characters are introduced in Year One.

Year two

Extends linguistic competence through increasingly complex language structures and specialist usage. Students also gain skills for academic inquiry and independent research. A further 1000 characters are introduced. All Chinese papers are introduced in simplified Chinese characters.


CLSY502 Intercultural Competence
COMM510 Undergraduate Writing for Academic Purposes
CHIN504 Written Chinese I
CHIN511 Speak Chinese I
ENGL601 Language and Communication
ENGL603 Language in Society
LSKL501 Writing and Referencing
LSKL502 Reading for Academic Purposes
CHIN603 Written Chinese II
CHIN605 Contemporary Chinese Society
CHIN606 Introduction to Chinese Culture
CHIN607 English-Chinese Translation 1
CHIN611 Speak Chinese II
CHIN612 Intermediate Chinese
CHIN703 Chinese for New Media
CHIN704 Advanced Chinese Oral
CHIN706 English-Chinese Translation II
CHIN711 Business Chinese
CLSY701 East Asian Values and Beliefs

Students who have secondary school qualifications in Chinese may be exempt from one or more papers at the introductory level and go straight into higher level papers, subject to a placement test. These students would then be required to make up the points with other papers.

Last updated: 19-Jan-2018 1.29pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.