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Chinese (Mandarin) GCSE at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Chinese, a language spoken by nearly one third of the world population, will become the business and economic language of the world in the next ten years.

By studying Chinese you will become familiar with the fascinating culture and language of this historic and diverse country.

The knowledge and understanding of Chinese language and culture will be of great value in employment or Higher Education.

Course content

On the GCSE course you will develop your writing, speaking, reading and listening skills by studying a wide range of topics that will enable you to have successful initial communication when visiting China on either business or pleasure.

These topics are involved with varieties of everyday activities such as: shopping for food and clothes, making travel arrangements and employment.

You will learn the language by practising new vocabulary and set phrases through reading, listening, speaking and writing tasks. 

At this level there is a great emphasis on vocabulary learning, so a commitment to regular daily review of the work covered in lessons is essential.

You will also learn the language through strong culture elements, such as celebrate Lunar New Year. Extra support is provided by native language assistant.


Entry requirements

GCSE Chinese is available to students who have already studied another language up to GCSE level and to those with no previous experience; although successful previous study of another language will be of a strong advantage.

This two year course is tailored to the needs of students wishing to study Chinese up to GCSE Level. Students with previous study of Chinese could complete the course in one year.


GCSE examinations are divided equally between reading, writing, listening and speaking.  At the end of the first year you will have internal assessment and external AQA ELC assessment.


Financial information

There is the possibility of a Chinese intensive language study trip, where students exchange with the college's sister school in China.  Approximate cost is £1,300.

Students will be asked to pay up to £80 for 3 textbooks and 2 workbooks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


Future opportunities

An understanding of the Chinese language, culture and business methodology is becoming an essential part of many business operations. Many companies operate in the Chinese market including finance, engineering, computing, manufacturing and travel. Many universities are offering the study of Chinese independently or with a combined degree.

Further information

The GCSE Chinese qualification counts towards EBACC points which is recognised by the Russell Group of Universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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