About us

The Confucius Institute offers a range of Chinese language courses for different purposes, from Chinese courses for travel and leisure, to more intensive (fast-track) courses. All courses lead up to the official HSK Chinese Proficiency exams. For those looking for an accredited course, we offer the university level Certificate of Higher Education in Chinese as a part-time two year course.

New for Autumn 2017

  • Business Chinese - intensive, fast track course as well as more leisurely, two-year route
  • HSK training short courses to get you up to speed for the internationally recognised Chinese language proficiency test
  • Intensive Chinese weekends for all levels and all purposes - tourism, education and business

 

Location

Course

Course length per term

Day

Time

Start date 

Lampeter

Chinese taster course

10 weeks

Wednesdays

13:00 – 14:00

4th October

Beginners I

10 weeks

Wednesdays

18:00 – 20:00

4th October

Beginners II

10 weeks

Tuesdays

18:00 – 20:00

3rd October

HSK 1 and HSK 2 training course

5 weeks leading to HSK exam on 11th November

Thursdays

18:00 – 20:00

12th October

HSK 3 and HSK 4 training class

5 weeks leading to HSK exam on 11th November

Fridays

18:00 – 20:00

13th October

Chinese Culture class

10 weeks

Tuesdays

18:00 – 20:00

3rd October

Swansea

Business School

HSK 1 and HSK 2 training course

5 weeks leading to HSK exam on 11th November

Mondays

18:00 – 20:00

9th October

UTWSD Staff class

10 weeks

Mondays

18:00 – 19:30

2nd October

Chinese Taster course

10 weeks

Wednesdays

13:00 – 14:00

4th October

Beginners I

10 weeks

Wednesdays

18:00 – 20:00

4th October

Beginners II

 

10 weeks

Thursdays

18:00 – 20:00

5th October

HSK 3 and HSK 4 training course

5 weeks leading to HSK exam on 11th November

Tuesdays

18:00 – 20:00

10th October

Business Chinese 1

10 weeks

Thursdays

18:00 – 19:30

5th October

Business Chinese 1 Intensive

10 weeks

Wednesdays (a)

18:00 – 19:30

4th October

Fridays (b)

18:00 – 19:30

6th October

Confucius Institute UWTSD Chinese Programme

CEFR

Level

Code

Course

Total hours

Number of weeks

Hours per week

Exam

Cost per term

Total cost

A1

CB01

Chinese Beginners 1

60

30

2

HSK1

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

HSK1T

HSK 1 training course

10

5

2

HSK1

£50/40

£50/40

A2

CB02

Chinese Beginners 2

60

30

2

HSK 2

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

HSK2T

HSK 2 training course

10

5

2

HSK1

£50/40

£50/40

BC01

Business Chinese 1 (Foundation)

Business Chinese 1 (Completion)

(Two year course)

45

45

30

30

1.5

1.5

 

BCT(A)

£95 / £75

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

£285 / £225

BCI01

Business Chinese 1

(Intensive route: one year course)

 

90

 

30

 

3

 

BCT(A)

 

£190 / £150

 

£570 /£450

B1

IC01

Intermediate  Chinese 1

60

30

2

HSK 3

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

B2

IC02

Intermediate  Chinese 2

60

30

2

HSK4

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

HSK3/4T

HSK 3/4 training course

10

5

2

HSK3

HSK4

£50/40

£50/40

BC02

 

Business Chinese 2 (Foundation)

Business Chinese 2 (Completion)

(Two year course)

45

45

30

30

1.5

1.5

 

 

BCT(B)

£95 / £75

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

£285 / £225

 

BCI02

Business Chinese 2

(Intensive route: one year course)

 

90

 

30

 

3

 

BCT(B)

 

£190 / £150

 

£570 /£450

C1

CA01

C1 Advanced  Chinese 1

60

30

2

HSK 5

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

C2

CA02

C2 Advanced  Chinese 2

60

30

2

HSK

£95 / £75

£285 / £225

This course is aimed at students with little or no prior knowledge of the language who would like to attain a basic ability in Chinese for tourism, work visits to China or to converse with Chinese friends.

Topic areas covered by the course include greetings, numbers: age and currency; weather; ordering food; purchasing tickets; asking for directions. While the focus is on spoken Chinese, the course also introduces pinyin – the standard system of Romanized spelling for transliterating Chinese, and gives a basic introduction to recognising written Chinese characters.

The course leads to the Chinese Proficiency Test HSK 1 (optional)

Course length: 3 terms

Cost per term

Full fee: £95

Concessions: £75

Registration is required at the beginning of each term

Location and times of courses

Lampeter: Confucius Institute Reading Room, Library, UWTSD Lampeter Campus

Wednesdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 4th October

Swansea: Swansea Business School, UWTSD High St, Swansea, SA1 1NE

Wednesdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 4th October

Link to UWTSD online store

Or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk  for a registration form.

This course is aimed at students who have a basic knowledge of Chinese and who would like to expand their vocabulary, grammar and topic areas for conversation while improving their comprehension of basic written Chinese.

Topic areas covered by the course tourism, daily routines, the world of work, shopping, planning social activities and celebrations. The course encourages students to start writing basic Chinese characters, while maintaining comprehension through the use of pinyin.

The course leads to the Chinese Proficiency Test HSK 2 (optional)

Course length: 3 terms

Cost per term

Full fee: £95

Concessions: £75

Registration is required at the beginning of each term

Location and times of courses

Lampeter: Confucius Institute Reading Room, Library, UWTSD Lampeter Campus

Tuesdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 3rd October

Swansea: Swansea Business School, UWTSD High St, Swansea, SA1 1NE

Tuesdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 3rd October

Link to UWTSD online store

Or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk  for a registration form.

This course is aimed at students who have studied Chinese at beginner level and wish to prepare for the internationally recognised HSK Chinese proficiency test. Students who pass HSK 2 may be eligible for Hanban grants for 6 months’ undergraduate study in China.

The course covers key vocabulary, grammar and topic areas which may be tested. Students are given exam practice each week.

Course length: 5 weeks leading to exam on 11th November 2017

Cost per term

Full fee: £50

Concessions: £45

Location and times of courses

Lampeter: Confucius Institute Reading Room, Library, UWTSD Lampeter Campus

Thursdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 5th October

Swansea: Swansea Business School, UWTSD High St, Swansea, SA1 1NE

Mondays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 9th October

Link to UWTSD online store

Or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk  for a registration form.

HSK 3 and HSK 4 Training Course

This course is aimed at students who have studied Chinese at intermediate level and wish to prepare for the internationally recognised HSK Chinese proficiency test. Students who pass HSK 3 may be eligible for Hanban grants and Chinese Government scholarships for one year’s undergraduate study at a Chinese University.

The course covers key vocabulary, grammar and topic areas which may be tested. Students are given exam practice each week.

Course length: 5 weeks leading to exam on 11th November 2017

Cost per term

Full fee: £50

Concessions: £45

Location and times of courses

Swansea: Swansea Business School, UWTSD High St, Swansea, SA1 1NE

Tuesdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 10th October

 

Link to UWTSD online store

Or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk  for a registration form.

This course aims to prepare students with no prior knowledge of Chinese for the internationally recognized Business Chinese Test (BCT). The course is spread over two years, culminating in the BCT (A) exam. The course content aims to enable students to communicate in Chinese in daily life and during basic business activities. The emphasis is on listening, speaking and reading comprehension while gaining practice in writing Chinese characters through a computer keyboard.

The course focuses on key grammar and vocabulary required by the BCT syllabus and gives regular exam practice.

Course length: 1.5 hours per week, 30 weeks per academic year (three terms) over two years.

Intensive route

We offer an intensive study route for Business Chinese 1 which requires 3 hours per week over 30 weeks, leading to the BCT (A) exam

Cost per term

Normal route

Full fee: £95

Concessions: £75

Intensive route

Full fee: £190

Concessions: £150

Location and times of courses

Swansea: Swansea Business School, UWTSD High St, Swansea, SA1 1NE

Normal Route: Thursdays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 5th October

Intensive Route: Wednesdays and Fridays 18:00 to 20:00

Start: 4th October

Link to UWTSD online store

Or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk  for a registration form.

Cert HE in Chinese (Level 4) (Part-time)

Cert HE MandarinThe Certificate of Higher Education in Chinese‌, pitched at Level 4, consists of the linguistic part of the BA Chinese Studies. It aims to offer Mandarin language training for part-time learners who do not wish to or are unable to commit to an entire undergraduate programme in Chinese Studies. This programme will also be of interest to students of other subjects who would like to study aspects of China at postgraduate level but need to acquire sufficient language skills first.

The programme is aimed at students with no or very limited prior knowledge of Mandarin.

The programme will be delivered by qualified Chinese language teachers on our Swansea Mount Pleasant campus.

In order to gain a Cert HE in Mandarin, students have to complete 120 credits of language study. Full-time students will be able to complete the programme in one year, part-time students in two.

Entry requirements

The programme requirements are normally 260 UCAS points or above, or Access to HE qualification, or Foundation course. However, we are keen to assess each application on its own merit, and will also consider non-traditional routes, although admission may be subject to an interview.

Available Opportunities

  • Students have the chance to visit China during the course
  • The Confucius Institutes offers scholarships to visit or study in China for successful students
  • The Confucius Institute offers a range of extracurricular activities related to the course
  • Students also have the option to take the official HSK exam (Chinese Proficiency Test) during or after the course


Delivery of the programme

The programme is part-time, running over two years. Delivery of the programme is organised in three academic terms per year: Term 1 runs from September to December, Term 2 from January to March, and Term 3 from April to June. Each term consists of at least 10 teaching weeks. (see programme structure below)

In each term, students will study 20 credits of Mandarin per term, which amounts to a minimum of 60 contact hours for each module. 

The actual timetable for this course will be finalised at the start of the academic year in consultation with the students.

Cost of the programme

The course offers certain flexibility in terms of cost. For example, part-time students who do not intend to apply for a student loan can pay per credit. The rate currently is £18.50/credit. Hence, if paid per credit, the fee for the entire course would be £2,220 in total or £1,110 per year (see http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/finance/tuition-fees/). There is also financial help available for those who need it.

How to apply?

You can apply directly to the university using the Cert HE in Chinese Application Form. Our admissions tutor, Dr Thomas Jansen, is more than happy to answer all questions around your application. Email: t.jansen@tsd.uwtsd.ac.uk; Phone: +44(0)1570 424 879

Programme structure

YEAR 1

Term 1

CSCH4011 Basic Chinese 1

20 credits

 

Term 2

CSCH4012 Basic Chinese 2

20 credits

 

Term 3

CSCH4008 Intermediate Chinese 1

20 credits

 

YEAR 2

Term 1

CSCH4009 Intermediate Chinese 2

20 credits

 

Term 2

CSCH4013  Advanced Chinese 1

20 credits

 

Term 3

CSCH4014 Advanced Chinese 2

20 credits