What is the exam like?

AS - Unit 1: Reading and Writing (3 hours)

Section 1 (40%, or 20%) You will have to read three passages in Chinese, and then answer questions on them in the Chinese.

Section 2 (20%, or 10%) You will have to read a passage in Chinese and translate it into English.

Section 3 (40%, or 20%) You will be expected to read a short printed Chinese 'stimulus' for a task, such as writing a letter, report or article in Chinese. Your work should be around 180 characters.

A2 - Unit 2: Reading and Writing; Topics and Texts (3 hours)

Section 1 (20%) You will be required to read a text in Chinese and answer questions in Chinese. You will also have to translate a piece of contemporary text from English into Chinese.

Section 2 (30%) 1000 words research based essay. Choose 1 from four main topics

Scopes of study

  DAY-TO-DAY MATTERS

  • Food, diet, health

  • Transport, travel and tourism

  • Current affairs and media

  SOCIETY

  • Relationships, family, the generations, youth concerns

  • Social issues, law, justice

  • Leisure and the arts

  DAY-TO-DAY MATTERS

  • Education, training and employment

  • Business and industry

  • Information technology

  A2

  THE ENVIRONMENT AND CITIZENSHIP

  • Energy, pollution and the environment

  • Politics and citizenship

  • Campaigning organizations and charities

  THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT

  • Customs, traditions, beliefs, religions

  • World-wide problems