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A Level Chinese at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

The new Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chinese has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the Chinese-speaking world. The course will enable students to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Chinese language, the culture of China and other Chinese-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This course will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile. Inspiring and engaging themes of study provide clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the Chinese-speaking world. Students have the opportunity to study popular literary texts and films which include contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from China and the wider Chinese-speaking world.

Course content

Theme 1 - 当代华人社会变迁

Contemporary Chinese Social Changes Contemporary Chinese Social Changes




Family structure and generation gap




Education and work

School life and student issues

The balance between work and life.

Theme 2 - 中國文化

Chinese Culture

傳統 節日(春節;端午節; 中秋節;清明節)和習俗。

Traditional Festivals and customs (Chinese New Year; Dragon Boat Festival; Mid-Autumn Festival; Ching Ming Festival)




Cultural Activities - Film; television; music and reading. (related to Chinese culture)

Theme 3 – 演變中的華人社會

Evolving Chinese Culture



Communication and Technology – Internet and Social Media

經濟與環境 經濟發展;環境保護。

Economic development; environmental protection.

Theme 4 – 1978 年改革開放對中國的影響

The impact of reform and the opening up of China in 1978

變革 貧富差距;超級大都市;城 市移民。

中英關係 貿易;文化交流;教育交 流。

The gap between rich and poor; the super metropolis. Sino-British relations Trade; cultural exchange; educational exchange

Literature & Film

Students must study two discrete Chinese works: either two literary texts, or one literary text and one film. The works must be taken from a list of prescribed literary texts and films. The literary texts listed include novels and short stories. All of the films are feature length.

Individual Research Project

With support and guidance from their teacher, students select and research a topic of their choice which will relate to the cultural and/or social context of the Chinese-speaking world. They are then assessed on their project as part of their speaking examination. This is a real opportunity for students to become experts in a topic that excites and enthuses them.

Entry requirements

5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher) Achieving a grade 6 or higher in GCSE Chinese or in another language is desirable.


Assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively. Clear mark schemes encourage students to develop ideas and use language to persuade and analyse and give critical responses in their writing and speaking.

Paper 1 – Listening, reading and translation

Exam: 2 hours

80 marks

40% of the qualification

Paper 2 - Written response to works and translation

Exam: 2 hours and 40 minutes

120 marks

30% of the qualification

Paper 3 - Speaking Exam: Total assessment time: between 21 and 23 minutes, which includes a single period of 5 minutes’ formal preparation time

72 marks

30% of the qualification

Future opportunities

Mandarin Chinese has the advantage of being both a practical employment skill and a subject which is perceived to be highly academic, meaning that it is much sought-after by both universities and employers. China’s booming economy and its status as a rising global superpower means that China has transformed itself into what is arguably the largest global economy. As such, there is a huge demand for people who can speak both Chinese and English. Languages students choose to deploy their skills in a range of rewarding professional contexts including journalism, law, business, politics and diplomacy as well as more language-specific careers including linguistic and cultural research, interpretation and translation.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September