Chinese Mandarin

Course Code: 1341 Chinese Mandarin (Principal Course) 9778

Entry Requirements: Grade B in Mandarin GCSE

Why study Mandarin Chinese?

You will study the Cambridge International Pre-U Principal Course (9778). This course is equivalent to A-Level and is awarded at Distinction, Merit and Pass levels, which carry the equivalent UCAS points to their A-Level counterparts. Universities, including Russell Group Universities, are increasingly aware of the Pre-U award and respect the breadth and depth of knowledge that it represents.

The Mandarin Chinese Pre-U course won’t just improve your Mandarin language skills. It will give you a fascinating insight into the culture of China explored through history, art, literature, cinema and current affairs, using the very latest authentic resources. This will enable you to develop a deep understanding of the importance of China to the UK and on the global stage. It will also prepare you well for any University course as you will:

  • discuss points of view and debate ideas
  • develop critical and analytical skills
  • build relationships and networks
  • conduct and present a research project independently
  • write well-structured essays expressing opinions and views well supported by relevant evidence and evaluating the questions set in a mature and sophisticated manner

You will be amazed where Mandarin Chinese Pre-U can take you!

What will I study?

You will build on the topics studied at GCSE of Family, Education, Media, Work and Leisure and in addition study Equal Opportunities. You will consolidate and extend your grammatical understanding and develop your communication skills, building fluency and confidence. You will also research Chinese culture, through a selection of literature, film and history topics, on which you will write in English.

How will I study?

You will benefit from working in small groups, so you will have plenty of opportunities to practise and receive high quality personalised feedback. We use a variety of authentic resources (press articles, literature, television, film, songs), and you will have access to an excellent online resource bank in school and at home. You will develop your speaking skills and confidence in weekly sessions with our Foreign Language Assistant, timetabled during one of your independent study periods. You will be encouraged to take part in a range of enrichment activities such as conferences at Oxford University and our trip to China which will allow you to establish a network of international contacts and friendships.

How will my work be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations. There are 4 papers:

  • Paper 1: Speaking - 20%
  • Paper 2: Listening, Reading and Translation - 30%
  • Paper 3: Written Chinese - 25%
  • Paper 4: Chinese Culture - 25%
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