A Level Chinese Course
Exam board: Pearson
A level: 9CN0
An A level in Chinese is an ideal subject whether you are taking mainly sciences, humanities or arts subjects. As China is developing faster than ever, Chinese becomes an increasingly popular subject in the world; many schools, colleges and universities would value the qualification. Any student who has an interest in Chinese culture and language, and who is looking to acquire a skill currently in demand all around the world, would be well advised to take the subject. Also, the huge requirement for native English speaking teachers in China benefits those who have the ambition to pursue a career in China.
To study A Level Chinese you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above including English Language. You also require grade 5 / C or above including in Chinese.
Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chinese (spoken Mandarin/spoken Cantonese)
specification has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of
the Chinese-speaking world.
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
● enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking on
the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the language, culture and society of the
country or countries where the language is spoken
● develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills,
including an extended range of vocabulary, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language
● develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in
writing, including through online media
● develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to
sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
● engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the
original language, developing an appreciation of sophisticated and creative uses of the language and understanding them within their cultural and social context
● develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of
the country or countries where the language is spoken
● mediate between cultures and between speakers of the language and speakers of English
● foster their ability to learn other languages
● equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to
proceed to further study or employment
● develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study
● develop as independent researchers through the language of study.
The qualification consists of two externally examined papers based on the following skills:
The assessment will be available in traditional and simplified characters. All questions and
texts are printed twice, once with texts using traditional/full characters and once with texts in
Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in
May/June in any single year.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
You can choose from the following study options:
- Blended learning
- Online and in person classes
- Includes course, materials and exams
- Online live classes
- Online classes only
- Includes course and exams
- Distance learning course
- Course and materials online