Chinese language courses

All of our courses are 10 weeks in duration, with autumn terms teaching commencing in September 2020, and are suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. As our campus is currently closed, this term's language courses will all be taught online using Zoom. If you have any questions regarding this please email us at

Within each level, further division is made to accommodate the proficiency of our learners. Please take a look at our range of courses and decide which one is right for you.

Students who complete 40 hours of learning with the Confucius Institute before 31 March 2021 will be eligible to apply to the Hanban funded BNU Summer Intensive Course in China in the summer of 2021. Please see the 'Study in China' section of our website for more details. 

Conversational Mandarin

Spread across nine levels, this series is designed for those who wish to develop their Mandarin oral communication skills but have a limited amount of time. Conversational sessions run once a week from 12-2pm on Wednesdays.

Only £160 (£8 per hour).

"Learning with the Confucius Institute is made as easy and simple as possible. The tuition is kept at a steady pace with the teacher making sure each student has understood the material before moving forward. I enjoyed my first term with Confucius and will be returning next term."

Level One Conversational Mandarin student

Comprehensive Mandarin

With six levels, this series caters for students of all abilities who wish to develop all four skills, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening. We have Comprehensive courses running weekdays and Saturdays, depending on your level. 

These courses cost £320 / £240 for Saturday courses (£8 per hour)

"I've now done five courses at the Confucius Institute and have made considerable progress which will stand me in good stead for working in China next year.  Chinese is a fascinating language and the teachers are great: very friendly and helpful, and very good at getting us to talk."

Level two Comprehensive Mandarin student

Advanced Mandarin

This course is geared towards learners who have completed our intermediate Mandarin course or had 6-months intensive Mandarin learning in China or similar. This course is delivered in partnership with the University Language Centre.

Only £160 (just £8 per hour)