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Chinese (Mandarin)

Studying Chinese at A Level

Head of Department:  Mrs X Lu

Mandarin Chinese is spoken by nearly one third of the world’s population and has become increasingly important as a language of global business.  As a result, a proficiency in this language could help you stand out in tomorrow’s jobs market, giving you a competitive edge.

By studying Chinese you will also become familiar with the culture of China, which is an historic and diverse world superpower.  Please note: this course is mainly designed for students who have a proficient GCSE grade having studied Chinese throughout Key Stage 4, or for native speakers.  Gumley House has been awarded Confucius classroom status for the quality of our teaching in Mandarin Chinese.  As a student, you will learn from our native Chinese teachers.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION (CHINESE)

  • Entry Criteria for A Level Study:
    Ideally a grade 6 in GCSE Chinese or above.
    We also welcome students who are native speakers.
  • A Level Specification: Edexcel
  • Learning JourneyChinese (KS3 to KS5)
  • Curriculum MapChinese (KS3 to KS5)

WHAT WILL I BE DOING IN LESSONS?

You will develop your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics.  You will study:

1.   Aspects of society
2.  Aspects of political life
3.  Aspects of artistic culture
4.  Current trends

Speaking and understanding another language is an invaluable skill which can be useful in many ways throughout life. In today’s global society, with China playing an increasingly important role in the world, speaking Chinese opens doors to a new range of opportunities in life. In the future you will be competing for jobs on a global level and your knowledge of Chinese language and culture will really make you stand out! Students who have studied language at A Level go on to have careers in a variety of sectors including teaching, translating, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, fashion, work in the foreign office or secret service, interpreting and banking.

HOW WILL THE COURSE BE ASSESSED?

In addition, you will complete a film study in the first year of the course and a book study in the second year of the course. For the speaking element of the qualification you will complete an individual research project that will be presented orally. 

Assessment
Internally you will have milestones assessments every six weeks and regular speaking practice in class where you will assess each other using mark schemes. Externally at the end of the course you will have three papers:

Paper 1:  Listening, reading and translation
External written examination, 40% of A Level

Paper 2:
  Writing
External written examination, 30% of A Level

Paper 3:
  Speaking
Oral examination, 30% of A Level

WHICH OTHER SUBJECTS GO WELL WITH CHINESE?

You could choose to continue studying Chinese language or culture at university level, or pursue a complementary subject such as international business, economics, philosophy & ethics, law, politics, psychology, and tourism.

Typically, studying Chinese opens up opportunities to work in business, education, translation or interpretation, international companies, journalism, law, tourism, politics and public relations.

AND AFTER THE COURSE?

The ability to speak a foreign language can be lucrative. It’ll allow you to more easily live and work in parts of the world where that language is spoken. It’ll also allow you to more easily trade and co-operate with partners and colleagues in those parts of the world.  A knowledge of Chinese will advance any business and open doors to the second largest speaking language globally.

Best of all, it’ll allow you to work as a translator, acting as an intermediary between influential people. Given the scale and importance of relations between the English and Chinese-speaking worlds, the demand for quality interpreters is strong.

WHICH EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS WILL I LEARN?

  • Communication Skills
  • Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
  • Global Perspective
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Cross-Cultural Communication Skills
  • Enhanced Memory and Cognitive Function
  • An ability to critique own and other's work
  • Self confidence and awareness
  • Self motivation and decisiveness
  • The ability to communicate ideas

HEAR FROM some STUDENTS

 

CAREERS AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

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