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Chinese (Mandarin) (CIE) at Gumley House Convent School

Course description

The course offered is the University of Cambridge 2 year Pre-U examination. Over the duration of the course you will develop both Chinese language skills and also knowledge of Chinese culture and history. 

You will enjoy this course if you have a passion for language and want to learn more. If you are motivated to spend time watching films, reading newspapers and learning more about Chinese culture and society. Languages are all about communication and if you enjoy travelling and meeting new people you will enjoy this course.  

Course content

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.

Chinese language  skills are developed through the study of topics such as family, young people, education, the media, work and leisure and the environment. 

 Knowledge of Chinese culture and history is taught through topics including the founding of the People’s Republic of China, economic trends since 1978, population, environment and migration and also through studying Chinese literature and film in translation

You will beexpecetd to spemad at least 6 hours each week on private study and you will also be expected to keep up to date with current affairs in China and internationally.

Whatever you go on to study at university the skills you will have developed throughout the course such as analysis, presentation and communication skills will put you ahead of your fellow students. 

Entry requirements

English and Maths at level 5 and three different subjects at a minimum of grade C . Grade B or above in GCSE Mandarin.


The Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject syllabus is a 2 year course examined at the end of Year 13.  


Paper 1 Speaking

Oral Examination 20% of qualification


Paper 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

Future opportunities

Studying and speaking another language is an invaluable skill which can be used in many ways throughout life. In today’s global society with China playing an increasingly important economic 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 make you stand out. 

Students who have studied a language go on to have careers in a variety of sectors including teaching, translating, sales and marketing, travel and tourism, journalism, fashion, art and design, working for the Foreign Office or secret service, interpreting and  banking.

Language skills give you a string platform for the future. 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us or your school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gumley House Convent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • The main entrance to the School is via Gumley Gardens off  St John's Road.

      The School is close to a number of bus routes- 267, 237, 235,117 and H37.

      There is limited parking in the school during school hours. There is metered street parking in South Street (off Twickenham Road).