GCSE Chinese (Mandarin)

Sixth Form

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Full Time - September 2021



Course introduction

Chinese, a language spoken by nearly one third of the world's population, has become increasingly important as a language of global business.

By studying Chinese you will become familiar with the fascinating culture and language of this historic and diverse country.

The knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture will be of great value in employment or Higher Education. The GCSE Chinese qualification counts towards EBACC points which is recognised by the Russell Group of Universities.

On the GCSE course you will develop your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics that will enable you to have successful initial communication when visiting China on either business or pleasure. These topics are involved with varieties of everyday activities such as: shopping for food and clothes, making travel arrangements and employment.


Course structure

You will learn the language by practising new vocabulary and set phrases through reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. 

At this level there is a great emphasis on vocabulary learning, so a commitment to regular daily review of the work covered in lessons is essential.

You will also learn the language through strong culture elements, such as celebrate Lunar New Year. Extra support is provided by native language assistant.

At the end of the second year you will have reached GCSE Level.

Minimum entry requirements

It would be helpful if you have studied another language up to GCSE and achieved grade C, however we welcome anyone who loves learning languages to join us.

How will I be assessed?

GCSE examinations are divided equally between reading, writing, listening and speaking.  At the end of the first year you will have internal assessment.


Information & support

There is the possibility of a Chinese intensive language study trip, where students exchange with the College's sister school in China. The approximate cost of this is £1,300. 

Students will be required to pay up to £80 to cover costs for 3 textbooks and 2 workbooks. 


What can I do with this qualification?

An understanding of the Chinese language, culture and business methodology is becoming an essential part of many business operations. Many companies operate in the Chinese market including finance, engineering, computing, manufacturing and travel. Many universities are offering the study of Chinese independently or with a combined degree. 

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