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Mandarin Cambridge Pre-U at Cleeve School

Course description

Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese is a two-year programme of study and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of foreign language learners. You would build on what you have already learnt at GCSE. Questions on listening and reading passages are written and answered in English. You would also study Chinese culture and film and write two essays in English.

You would take all the components together at the end of the course in one examination series. Cambridge Pre-U Mandarin Chinese will enable you to communicate confidently and clearly in Mandarin Chinese and will give a sound basis of skills for further study. It will also help you to develop insights into a range of issues related to the culture and civilisation of countries where Chinese is spoken. The course encourages positive attitudes to language learning and a sympathetic approach to other cultures, and further intellectual and personal development by promoting learning and social skills.

Course content

• Paper 1 Speaking: Prepared topic and topic conversation
• Paper 2 Listening, Reading and Translation
• Paper 3 Writing and Usage
• Paper 4 Chinese Culture

Exam Board
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
How is the course assessed?
• Paper 1 Speaking: 20%
• Paper 2 Listening, Reading and Translation: 30%
• Paper 3 Writing and Usage: 25%
• Paper 4 Chinese Culture: 2

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a B or above in GCSE Mandarin

Assessment

• Paper 1 Speaking: 20%
• Paper 2 Listening, Reading and Translation: 30%
• Paper 3 Writing and Usage: 25%
• Paper 4 Chinese Culture: 25%

Future opportunities

China is set to be the world’s largest economy, and Chinese is the most spoken language in the world. China is an increasingly important business and economic partner of Britain. So Chinese has become a very useful language for a wide range of careers.

Chinese can be combined with almost any subject. Chinese Pre-U is a stepping stone for university courses in Chinese and Chinese studies. It will also show that you have developed a range of learning skills and cultural knowledge, which will always give you the edge over another job applicant with similar qualifications. Many university courses allow study in China or Taiwan as part of a degree.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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