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Mandarin Chinese at Queen Mary's Grammar School

Course description

Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken world language globally and in recent years it has become a popular choice in MFL in the UK. It is vital that we all have a wider understanding, knowledge and appreciation of this fascinating country and rich language. If you have already spent four years studying it to GCSE level, why not studying GCE Chinese to widen your understanding of the Chinese culture and to improve your language skill to an advanced level in this challenging and fascinating language.

Course content

Unit 1
Spoken Expression and Response in Chinese (unit code 6CN01)
This unit requires students to demonstrate an ability to speak Chinese for 5–6 minutes in response to a short English-language stimulus. Students will be expected to refer to a series of questions printed on the stimulus so that they can communicate effectively in Chinese about the stimulus topic.

Unit 2
Understanding and Written Response in Chinese (unit code 6CN02)
This unit rewards students for their understanding of spoken and written
Chinese, their ability to transfer meaning from Chinese into English and to produce continuous writing in Chinese. The latter would be an essay linked to a short Chinese-language stimulus. The unit draws on the same general topic areas as outlined in unit 1.

Unit 3
Understanding, Written Response and Research In Chinese ( unit code 6CN03)
This unit rewards students for their ability to understand and respond in writing to written Chinese. It also enables them to demonstrate their ability to write in Chinese and promotes knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture/society through focused research.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 7 B grades at GCSE* (including English and Maths). We normally expect at least a grade A (A* for Further Maths) in subjects which you wish to pursue at A level. 


The assessment is linked to the following general topic areas:
Food, diet and health
Transport, travel and tourism
Education and employment
Leisure, youth interests and Chinese festivals
Environment (energy, pollution and environmental campaign)

2 hours 45 minutes
The assessment for this A2 unit is divided into four sections.

Section A: Reading (10 marks)
Section B: Translation (10 marks)
Section C: Essay writing (30 marks)
Section D: Researched based essay (30 marks)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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