Due to the nature of the course, Mandarin A Level is currently offered to native Chinese students in Sixth Form to study it as an additional subject.
There are weekly lessons off time table. We follow the Pearson Edexcel specification and students should study for two years to complete the A Level course. At A Level Chinese students study a range of topics under the four themes.
At the end the A Level students take three examinations:
- Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation 40%
- Paper 2: Written response to works and translation 30%
- Paper 3: Speaking 30%
Studying A Level Chinese is to enable students to:
- Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the country or countries where the language is spoken;
- Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken
- Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or employment
- Develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study
- Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.