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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.

Entry Requirements

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:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing

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
simplified characters.
Students must complete their speaking assessment in April/May and all other assessments in
May/June in any single year.




Access Arrangements

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.

Study Options

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


We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and 
interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual.

As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.

Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same A level exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

You’re a level course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

Yes! You can, if you are looking to improve your grade in your GCSEs, whilst studying A levels with us!

You can study A level courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and pre-recorded and in person teaching in class. The other option is only online live classes or Distance learning course.

Students normally study 4 AS subject in Year 12 and continue with the 3 subjects of their course in Year 2 to complete the A level.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.
How will I be supported?

  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Distance Learning is a self-study course that you work through at your own pace using our Online course materials; a wide range of online resources, access to our Google classroom and tutor support when you need it.

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have mentioned in your enrolment.

A level’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year, would be an intensive course. You may be able to complete the course in one year as an intensive course; you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

You have the option to join Year 13 and repeat the year and complete your course in one year.

We offer A levels – part time in the evenings to adult learners.

You have 2 options – Online live classes in the evening, Online Distance learning course.

You will have full tutor support in both options.

We offer support to all our students! We help you with your university options, personal statement writing, we provide a reference and your predicted grades. 
We also help you prepare for you interviews.

We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Yes of course! You can come in to our office and speak to our course advisors.
You can also book a Video call with us, email to arrange.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online. 
If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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