Chinese In Wales Association has collaborated with the Confucius Institute at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to set up The Confucius Institute Chinese School in Swansea. It now has over 160 pupils aged between 4 and 16.  There are two hour classes every Sunday during term time in the morning or afternoon to offer flexibility to parents. The school has professionally trained teachers. Some come from the local community and some are provided by Hanban, the Chinese Government’s education, and language division. The school follows a carefully structured curriculum, following Hanban’s recommendations while also taking into account the needs of the Welsh educational system and preparation for Mandarin GCSE.

The Confucius Institute Chinese School welcomes children of all backgrounds who would like to learn Mandarin and experience Chinese culture. Although most of our pupils are from Chinese families living in South Wales, we also have a number of Welsh background pupils. The school welcomes all who share an interest in China!

Chinese has fast become the language of global work opportunities. Pupils at the school develop important life skills by becoming fluent speakers of Chinese. For Chinese background pupils, the school aims to develop a deep sense of connection to their Chinese roots, culture, and heritage.

School class structure

Classes are structured from Levels I to IV, following the Chinese language curriculum developed by Hanban. After their initial level test, pupils are placed in classes according to their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Classes try to reflect age range as much as possible. Face to face teaching will start from September 2021 for the following classes only: Mandarin Starters Class, Class 1 and Class 2. All other classes will continue to be delivered online.

CI Chinese School term dates

Academic year 2021 ~ 2022

Lesson date Half term Total
Autumn Term: 12/09/2021 ~ 19/12/2021 24/10/2021 14 weeks
Spring Term: 09/01/2022 ~ 10/04/2022 20/02/2022 13 weeks
Summer Term: 24/04/2022 ~ 17/07/2022 29/05/2022 12 weeks


Our premises will be in UWTSD’s new Swansea Waterfront SA1 Campus at the address below.


I.Q. Building,

University Of Wales Trinity Saint David,

Heol Ynys,

Kings Road,



CI Chinese School fees

Fees are payable before the beginning of term 1

Course Name and Code Who is this course for? Fee per student per year
Course A

Mandarin Starters


Pupils aged 5 with little or no background in speaking Chinese
September to 31 October 2021 1 hour per week online class
November 2021 to July 2022 2 hours per week in person classes


Course B

Mandarin beginners to intermediate level

YCT Classes
Pupils aged between 5 – 11 years prepare to take the Youth Chinese Test at levels 1 – 3.GCSE Classes
Students aged 11 – 16 years prepare to take the Chinese International GCSE qualification.
2 hours per week


Course C

Intermediate to lower advanced level

Pupils aged 14+ who have completed Chinese GCSE and want to gain the HSK Chinese language proficiency certificate
2 hours per week


Course D

Advanced level

A Level class
Pupils aged 16+ 2 hours per week


Session Times

Morning sessions run from 10:00 – 12:00 with a 15 minute break.

Afternoon sessions run from 13:00 – 15:00 with a 15 minute break.

Registration Procedure

Registration and Payment

Complete payment and registration on this site

Membership of CIWA:

Optional membership of CIWA (Chinese in Wales Association). The Chinese School works in collaboration with CIWA and we encourage parents to become members and benefit from all the services offered by CIWA. To become a member, please register, click CIWA member registration.