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Mandarin Chinese Cambridge Pre-U *Fees Payable* at Benenden School *Fees Payable*

Course description

Why study Mandarin Chinese?

  • Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. Learn to speak Mandarin and you can speak with millions of people around the world.
  • Culture – With thousands of years of history, Chinese culture is endlessly fascinating. Whether your interests are in history, architecture, music, or cuisine, a knowledge of Mandarin will enrich your understanding of Chinese culture.
  • Business – Business people who speak Mandarin have a huge advantage in tapping into the Chinese market. It is much easier to develop all-important relationships if you can speak Mandarin.
  • Travel – The greater China region offers exciting travel opportunities. Getting around is much easier if you can speak Mandarin. 

Course content

The Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese syllabus equips learners who are learning Mandarin Chinese as a foreign language with the skills to survive in a Chinese environment. The syllabus also provides a stepping stone for university courses in Chinese and Chinese Studies. As well as allowing learners to develop their language skills, the syllabus fosters an awareness of Chinese culture and history.

This is a two year course and all external examinations will take place in the second year of the Sixth Form.  

Entry requirements

 GCSE Mandarin Chinese, ideally at A or A* 


Paper 1 


Type of assessment:

Externally assessed oral - 15 minutes

Weighting: 20%


Paper 2

Listening, Reading and Translation

Type of assessment:

Externally set and marked written paper - 2 hours 30 minutes

Weighting: 30%


Paper 3

Writing and Usage 

Type of assessment: 

Externally set and marked written paper - 2 hours

Weighting: 25%


Paper 4

Chinese Culture

Type of assessment: 

Externally set and marked written paper - 2 hours 30 minutes

Weighting: 25%





Future opportunities

Related careers:

Traineeships and working for western manufacturing companies, trading, consultancy, business, banking, multinationals in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Chinese companies in Europe; government departments of economics, internal and external affairs, foreign service; journalism; travel agent; interpreter; academics; education (teaching); publishing; support of companies and knowledge institutes entering the Chinese market via local, regional, provincial organisations.

Further information

Enrichment opportunities:

Benenden Far East Trip during October Half Term; UCL IOE Confucius Institute / Hanban China Summer Study Camps; British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition; presenting and organising Benenden Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat and Mid-Autumn Festival prayers and events. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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