Chinese (Mandarin)

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Ms Y Tang

Entry Requirements

GCSE Chinese Mandarin, ideally 7 or above.

Course Content

The Cambridge pre-u Mandarin Chinese syllabus equips students who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language with the skills to thrive in a Chinese environment. The syllabus also provides a stepping-stone for university courses in Chinese and china studies. As well as allowing students to develop their language skills, the syllabus fosters an awareness of Chinese culture and history.

There are four examination papers:

  • PAPER 1: SPEAKING (15 minutes, 20% weighting and externally assessed oral)
  • PAPER 2: LISTENING, READING AND TRANSLATION (2 hours, 30 minutes, 30% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)
  • PAPER 3: WRITING AND USAGE (2 hours, 25 minutes, 25% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)
  • PAPER 4: CHINESE CULTURE (2 hours, 30 minutes, 25% weighting, externally set and marked written paper)

Further Opportunities

Mandarin is the most widely spoken language in the world. People who can speak Mandarin in the Business sector have a huge advantage in tapping into the Chinese market. A knowledge of Mandarin will enrich your understanding of fascinating Chinese culture. There are a wide range of related careers: multinationals trading, consultancy, business, banking, government foreign affairs, journalism, travel agent, interpretor, academics, education (teaching), publishing and more.

University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.