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Japanese AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

Only reading, writing and translation skills are covered in the AS/A2 examinations. There are no listening or speaking components. Therefore, students will be expected to learn approximately 14 new kanji each week as well as vocabulary relevant to the five topic areas which are:

(i) Youth culture and concerns (ii) Lifestyle: health & fitness (iii) The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Japanese speaking world (iv) Education and employment. Additionally, A2 students will be expected to recognise the use of Japanese in the following topics: (i) Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions (ii) National and international events: Past, present and future (iii) Literature and the arts. Students will be required to produce written work regularly applying new grammar structures.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Japanese.


The student is assessed in one 3 hour examination for each of AS and A2 at the end of the respective years.

The Unit 1 (AS) examination 
consists of three sections:

Section 1
Reading comprehension with Japanese language responses and linked Kanji task

Section 2
Translation from Japanese to English

Section 3
Essay from a stimulus in Japanese
The Unit 2 (A2) examination also consists of three sections:

Section 1
Reading comprehension with Japanese language responses

Section 2
English to Japanese translation

Section 3
Two essays in Japanese on a prescribed topic or text

Future opportunities

Modern languages in general are of use in the working world and Japanese in particular is useful  in  careers  in  international finance and  banking,  the  Foreign  Office,  commerce, manufacturing, publishing and translation and interpreting work. There are several universities offering degree courses in Japanese, some with the exemption from foundation level Japanese.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.