Chinese - A and AS Levels

Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

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  • A Level
  • Birmingham
Description

Important information

Requirements: Students who have successfully completed their GCSE course can progress onto the AS level. A native speaker who has a good standard of reading and writing skills and reasonable knowledge of English may also take it. We welcome applications from Mandarin/Cantonese speakers.

Government funding available

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Where and when

Starts Location
On request
Birmingham
1 Belgrave Road, Highgate, B12 9FF, West Midlands, England
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Course programme



Chinese - A and AS Levels

What are the main features?
GCE Chinese comprises of three units. The AS is the first half of the course and consists of two units of study (1 & 2). Students wishing to take the full Advanced GCE must take Unit 3 in order to complete the course. The course focuses on knowledge and understanding of Chinese culture. The main topics are:
- Food, diet and health
- Transport, travel and tourism
- Education and employment
- Leisure and Chinese festivals
- Environment ( energy, pollution and environmental campaigns) - at A2

Hours of lessons per week: 4.67 Indicative group size: 15

How is the course assessed?
Unit 1 requires students to speak in Chinese on a theme that links to English -language stimulus. A maximum of 30 marks is awarded for content and understanding as well as the quality of the language. Each student is recorded and assessed by the board.
Unit 2 is divided into 3 sections. Section A (20 marks) requires students to listen to a range of recorded Chinese -language material and answer questions. Section B (20 marks) requires students to read Chinese - language printed materials and answer target language questions. Section C (30 marks) requires students to write 180-200 characters of Chinese in the form of a letter, report or article based on a short printed Chinese - language stimulus.
Unit 3 is divided into 3 sections. Section A: reading (10 marks). Section B: Translation (10 marks) - students will be assessed for their ability to transfer meaning from English into Chinese. Section C: Research-based essay (60 marks). Students will write an essay (500-1000 characters) in Chinese that relates to individual research which links to Chinese culture and/or society.

Who should study this course?
Students who have successfully completed their GCSE course can progress onto the AS level. A native speaker who has a good standard of reading and writing skills and reasonable knowledge of English may also take it. We welcome applications from Mandarin/Cantonese speakers.

Where can I go next?
Employers are increasingly looking for people with language skills. In a combination A level Chinese can get you a place at University to study any subject. There are limitless opportunities open to you; infact whatever you want to do with your life languages will help you do it better!

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

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