Students celebrate success in Mandarin


Thanks to the Confucius Institute at UWTSD, students at Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth achieved an outstanding result in their Chinese GSCE exam: 100% A*-C grades

Chinese is regarded as a very difficult language for Western learners; hence few pupils choose it as a GSCE or A-Level subject. The results at Ysgol Penglais demonstrate that students can complete the Chinese GCSE course and achieve top results.


Just a few months after the official opening of their Confucius Classroom in July, pupils, teachers and parents at Ysgol Penglais in Aberystwyth have yet another reason to celebrate. The reason: 100% A*-C grades in this year’s Chinese GCSE exam.

The eleven students who took the Chinese GCSE exam are jointly taught by local teacher Lucy Huws and Confucius Institute teacher Dr Zhou Changxian.

'All the hard-work paid off', Megan Evans, Robin Harris, Lorna Harper, and Sean Fraser commented on their success. 'The Confucius Institute sponsored trip to Beijing really motivated us to work.' They are hoping to do as well at A level now.

In order to repeat this year’s success the Confucius Institute at UWTSD and Ysgol Penglais are currently planning the next school trip to China for 10 days of intensive language study.

The Confucius Institute at UWTSD has established five Confucius Classrooms in southwest Wales to offer Chinese language and culture to both primary and secondary schools. The Confucius Institute is an accredited testing centre for the Chinese HSK Proficiency Test, an equivalent to the IELTS test in the UK.