Mandarin Chinese

Why study Mandarin Chinese?

Mandarin is spoken by almost one fifth of the global population and the Chinese economy is the secondlargest in the world. The study of the Mandarin language opens the way to different and important fields related to the economy, history, politics and archaeology of China. Learning Mandarin Chinese involves studying a culture as well as the language.

Topics of study at A-Level

A major component of the course is the development of skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing of the Mandarin language. There is also a rich choice of well-known popular and accessible books and films, covering contemporary and classical works. There are cultural topics too that explore modern China and the customs of Chinese people across the world.

Mandarin Chinese students
Sixth Form students
Sixth Form student

What this subject might lead to

International businesses prefer to hire people who speak more than one language. China has become a huge market, and business leaders are looking for people who can speak Mandarin and operate successfully in a Chinese cultural context. Knowing Mandarin may give you an edge when competing for an important position. The study of Chinese literature and culture will help you bridge the cultural gap, better understand your Chinese counterparts, and create a platform of knowledge and understanding that is crucial for effective communication.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

If you are not a native Mandarin speaker, you should have gained a top grade in Mandarin GCSE.