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Maria Collado-Canas : Head of Languages


Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chinese (spoken Mandarin/spoken Cantonese) 

Pearson Edexcel - 9CN0

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE Cantonese

Why study Cantonese?

Are you a native speaker of Cantonese who would like to gain a reknowned qualification to demonstrate your language skills? CamSF offers you the unique opportunity to gain a fourth A Level in Cantonese alongside your other L3 studies. Students will be taught the literature and cultural components of the course in once year, in an interesting and dynamic way that enables native speakers to deepen and broaden their understanding of the history, culture and context of theirm home language. 

Where can it lead?

As a fourth A Level, students can supplement their other studies with Cantonese, or could progress onto a languages degree, which usually involves learning two languages alongside literature and/or linguistics. Languages also complement any other subject, and are often combined with popular degree courses such as Law, Business, Marketing, History and Engineering. Language graduates are in high demand by employers in the UK and abroad.  Even if the use of Cantonese is not the main focus of your career, it is an incredible extra skill which will set you apart from others.  A study of A level Cantonese will lead to a lifelong appreciation of the culture of the Chinese-speaking world.

Course Content

There are 4 core topic areas at A-level:

Theme 1: Changes in Contemporary Chinese Society
Theme 2: Chinese culture
Theme 3: Evolving Chinese Society
Theme 4: The impact of reform and opening up in 1978 on China 

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Chinese (spoken Cantonese)
consists of two externally-examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a speaking assessment:

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation – 40% (2hrs)

  • Section A: Listening: Based on a recording of Chinese speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources.
  • Section B: Reading: Based on a variety of text types and genres where students will respond to comprehension questions.
  • Section C: Translation: An unseen passage to be translated from Chinese to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works and translation - 30% (2hrs 40 mins)

This paper requires students to translate a previously unseen passage from English into Chinese. They must also write an extended response to two Chinese works they have studied: either two texts or a text and a film.

Paper 3: Speaking – 30% (21–23 minutes)

  • Task 1: Discussion on a Theme: Based on a stimulus containing a short statement.
  • Task 2: Research Presentation and Discussion: Students present and then discuss their independent research based on a given theme or their own subject of interest related to the society and culture of the Chinese-speaking world.