Chinese (Mandarin)

Gumley House School


Chinese (Mandarin) Cambridge Pre-U

Studying Chinese at The Sixth

Introduction by Chinese/Mandarin Specialist:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  CIE (Cambridge Pre-U)
Entry Criteria:  Grade 6 in GCSE Chinese

Why study this course?
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. 

What will I learn?
Your passion and interest in Chinese language and culture will be deepened as you study a wide variety of interesting and relevant topics which relate to young people and modern society. You will study grammar in depth to help you to construct longer, more fluent sentences when writing and speaking in order to enable you to talk about things you are interested in.

How will I be taught?

Languages are taught interactively. You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through a wide variety of different mediums such as video, TV, Internet research and music. As well as topic-based lessons you will have lesson time in the language lab to help with listening. You will have weekly grammar lessons and you will have a language assistant to help you with speaking both individually and in small groups.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

As an A Level student you must spend at least six hours doing private study per week to consolidate your learning and learn how to apply subject knowledge to different contexts. 

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You have a passion for the language and want to learn more. Languages are all about communication so if you enjoy travelling and meeting new people, you will definitely enjoy studying a language at The Sixth!

Course Description

You will develop both Chinese language skills and also knowledge of Chinese history and culture. For the language element you will study topics such as family, young people, education, the media, work and leisure and the environment. For the history element you will study topics such as the founding of the People’s Republic of China, economic trends
since 1978 and population, environment and migration. For the cultural element you will study Chinese literature and film in translation.


Paper 1:  Speaking
Oral Examination (20% of qualification)

aper 2:
  Listening, Reading and Translation
Written paper, externally assessed (30% of qualification)

Paper 3
:  Writing and Usage
Written paper, externally assessed (25% of qualification)

Paper 4
:  Chinese Culture
Written paper, externally assessed (25% of qualification)

For more information, contact Ms S Long