Each year, students take part in a period of intensive language learning, which contributes towards the average of 8 hours per week of language learning. Additional funding is available to help schools support this intensive element of the programme.
Students in Year 7 will take part in intensive activities delivered locally by either your school or hub school, with a focus on language learning.
In the summer of 2018 and 2019 Year 8 students participating in the Mandarin Excellence Programme will take part in a two-week residential intensive study course in China. The intensive Chinese language study programme will allow students to study, experience China and practise their acquired language skills.
Final dates for the course are still to be confirmed. However, in 2018 the course will take place for a two week period between Saturday 14th July and Saturday 4th August.
The intensive learning courses are heavily subsidised by Hanban, meaning the majority of the costs of taking part in the study visits will already be covered. The cost of the airfare (currently around £800) will be subsidised (£350 per student) by the programme. The remaining costs will need to be covered your schools Mandarin Excellence Programme core budget, by parents or guardians, or through other fundraising means. For further details on this part of the programme download our information sheet.
In summer 2019 students in Year 9 will have the opportunity to take part in a residential intensive learning course likely to be at a University campus in the UK.