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Chinese (Mandarin) Pre-U at Beths Grammar School

Course description

The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher Level in Mandarin. Your reading skills will develop through extensive reading, and you will improve the quality of your speaking and writing. You will also develop insights into the culture and civilisation of countries in which Mandarin is spoken.

The Pre-U course is designed to:

  • Enable students to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE
  • Enhance employment prospects
  • Help students form a sound base of skills, language and attitudes required for further study, work and leisure
  • Provide an in-depth insight into a major world culture and society
  • Further intellectual and personal development by promoting learning and social skills

Course content

Topic areas:

  • Family
  • Young People
  • Education
  • The media
  • Work and leisure
  • Equality of opportunity

At the end of the course, you will be examined on the four skills as follows:


Speaking test, externally assessed by a visiting examiner, 20%

Listening, Reading and Translation

Written paper, externally assessed, 30 %

Writing and Usage

Written paper, externally assessed, 25 %

Chinese Culture

Written paper, externally assessed, 25 %

Entry requirements

Grade B at GCSE in Chinese Mandarin.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beths Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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