Japanese AS & A Level at Presdales School
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.
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:
Reading comprehension with Japanese language responses and linked Kanji task
Translation from Japanese to English
Essay from a stimulus in Japanese
The Unit 2 (A2) examination also consists of three sections:
Reading comprehension with Japanese language responses
English to Japanese translation
Two essays in Japanese on a prescribed topic or text
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.