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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:

  • Learn about daily life topics and practise your skills in Chinese speaking, reading, listening and writing.
  • Use the Chinese language accurately to express facts and ideas, and to present explanations, opinions and information in both speech and writing.
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where the language is spoken.
  • Organise and host Chinese festivals at the College, sharing knowledge of Chinese language and culture with your community.
  • Understand written Chinese and develop your ability to transfer meaning from Chinese into English.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Level  in Chinese (spoken Mandarin/spoken Cantonese) consists of two externally-examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a speaking assessment. The speaking assessment is externally set.

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.

The qualification consists of two externally examined papers based on the following skills:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing

An overview of the assessments

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3


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.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here


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.

The regular A Level courses commence in September and an intake in January, these courses are designed to be taught in a classroom environment / online and follow a structured curriculum with a fixed schedule of classes, assessments and exams. 

Distance Learning online courses can be started at any time throughout the year, and students can work at their own pace and in their own time.


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.

AS/A Level Chinese Specification
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