Each year, students take part in a period of intensive language study, which contributes towards the average of 8 hours per week of language study. 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 study.
In the summer of 2018 and 2019, Year 8 students participating in the Mandarin Excellence Programme took part in a two-week programme of Intensive Study in China. The Intensive Study programme allows students to study, experience China and practise their acquired language skills.
The 2019 Intensive Study in China took place between the 2nd and 19th July. The host cities for the programme in 2019 included Beijing, Chengdu, Kunming, Jinan, Shanghai, Shenyang and Xi’an.
The intensive study in China is 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 is subsidised (£350 per student) by the programme. The remaining costs are covered by your school’s Mandarin Excellence Programme core budget, by parents or guardians, or through other fundraising means.
For further details on this part of the programme please see the following documents:
In summer 2019, students in Year 9 took part in a residential Intensive Study course running from Monday 24th June to Thursday 27th June at the University of Nottingham.
Sadly, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Intensive Study events in China and Nottingham could not take place in 2020. Plans are yet to be confirmed for Intensive Study events in 2021.