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.

All language courses are taught by trained Chinese teachers at our venues in Lampeter and Swansea. The first two sessions of each course are taster sessions and free of charge. However, we do request that you register beforehand so that we can gauge the number of students interested in a course. Please return the completed registration form to:k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk or complete forms on registration days.

Beginners 1 Chinese Registration Form 2016-17 (normal route Chinese course)

Beginners 2 Chinese Registration Form 2016-17‌ (normal route Chinese course)

Intensive (Fast-track) Chinese Course Registration Form 2016-17

Cert HE in Chinese part-time application form

Confucius Institute UWTSD Evening and lunchtime Chinese Classes

Timetable First Term (September-December 2016/2017)

Campus/location

Date

Time

Level

Accreditation

Tutor

Fee 

Room ASG 13 Swansea Business Campus,
SA1 1NE

Thursdays
Start: 29/09/2016

18:00 - 19:30

Beginners Chinese II

CI certificate
HSK offered*

Mrs Gong Dan

10 week course + 2 bonus weeks: £95.00
Concessions: £75.00

 *The HSK certificate is the internationally recognised Chinese Proficiency Test.  Students wishing to fast track can do so by taking a more intensive twice weekly course.  This will be offered if there are sufficient numbers.

**The BCT certificate is the Business Chinese Test, also internationally recognised.

Please enquire about intensive HSK and BCT preparation courses.  We can provide these for individuals or groups prior to the exam.

 

Campus/location

Date

Time

Level

Accreditation

Tutor

Fee

CI Reading Room
Library, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED

Tuesdays
Start: 27/09/2016

13:00– 14:00

Beginners Chinese for Staff

CI certificate
HSK offered*

Mrs Liang Jun

10 week course: Free to staff

CI Reading Room
Library, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED

Wednesdays
Start: 28/09/2016

13:00– 14:00

Beginners I (Taster) for Students

CI certificate
HSK offered*

Mrs Liang Jun

£10 Registration fee

CI Reading Room
Library, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED

Tuesdays
Start: 27/09/2016

18:30 – 20:30 pm

Beginners I
(Open to all)

CI certificate

HSK offered*

Mrs Liang Jun

10 week course + 2 bonus weeks: £95.00
Concessions: £75.00

CI Reading Room
Library, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED

Wednesdays
Start: 28/09/2016

18:30 – 20:30

Beginners II
(Open to all)

CI certificate
HSK offered*

Mrs Liang Jun

10 week course + 2 bonus weeks: £95.00
Concessions: £75.00

 

CI Reading Room
Library, Lampeter Campus, SA48 7ED

Arrange with tutor  TBC

HSK Preparation Course

 

Mrs Liang Jun

Exam fee plus £10 Registration fee for UWTSD students

 

For more information about the Chinese language programme at the Confucius Institute UWTSD please see our website: www.uwtsd.ac.uk/confucius-institute/courses/ where you can download registration forms, or email k.krajewska@uwtsd.ac.uk

Confucius Institute Language programme – normal route

 

Code

Level 等级

Total hours
总学时

Number of terms

Hrs./week
周学时

Exam

A

BC01

A1 Beginner’s Chinese 1

60

3

2

 HSK 1

BC02

A2 Beginner’s Chinese 2

60

3

2

 HSK 2

B

IC01

B1 Intermediate  Chinese 1

60

3

2

 

IC02

B2 Intermediate  Chinese 2

60

3

2

 HSK 3

IC03

B3 Intermediate  Chinese 3

60

3

2

 HSK 4

C

AC01

C1 Advanced  Chinese 1

60

3

2

 

AC02

C2 Advanced  Chinese 2

60

3

2

 HSK 5

 

Confucius Institute Language programme – fast-track route

The fast-track route allows students to follow an intensive, but highly achievable Mandarin Chinese language course. With plenty of tutor support and approximately two hours per week prep work, students are able to make swift progress. Fast-track courses will be offered if there are sufficient numbers.

 

Code

Level 等级

Total hours
总学时

Number of terms

Hrs./week
周学时

Exam

A

 

BC01

A1 Beginner’s Chinese 1

60

2

3

HSK 1

BC02

A2 Beginner’s Chinese 2

60

2

3

HSK 2

B

IC01

B1 Intermediate  Chinese 1

60

2

3

 

IC02

B2 Intermediate  Chinese 2

60

2

3

HSK 3

IC03

B3 Intermediate  Chinese 3

60

2

3

HSK 4

C

AC01

C1 Advanced  Chinese 1

60

2

3

 

AC02

C2 Advanced  Chinese 2

60

2

3

HSK 5

 

Cert HE in Chinese (Level 4)

Cert HE Mandarin

The 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

Delivery of the programme is organised in three academic terms: 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.

Part-time students (2 years; see programme structure below)

In each term, part-time students will study 20 credits of Mandarin. Students will meet twice a week for two 2-hour sessions (total of 4 hours/week) over the course of the term. In addition, they have to attend three intensive workshop sessions per term, roughly one in each month. These workshops will take place on Saturday mornings (9:00-13:00). Thus, students will have a minimum of 50 language contact hours per term which is equivalent to the number of contact hours an undergraduate student would get in one 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 £17.50/credit. Hence, if paid per credit, the fee for the entire course would be £2,100 in total or £1,050 per year. 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 (if you want to study full-time, please indicate clearly on top of 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 (Part-time)

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

 

Term Dates 2015-16

TERM ONE 2015

Monday, 21st September 2015 ~ Friday, 11th December 2015 (12 weeks)


TERM TWO 2016

Monday, 4th January 2016 ~ Thursday, 24th March 2016 (12 weeks)


TERM THREE 2016

Monday, 18th April 2016 ~ Friday, 8th July 2016 (12 weeks)


Easter Vacation

Friday, 24th March 2016 ~ Friday, 15th April 2016 (3 weeks)