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National 4 Mandarin (Simplified) (Course Code: C745 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Mandarin (Simplified)?

Learning a new language allows you to connect with different people and their cultures. You think, communicate and create ideas through language.

Mandarin is the national language in China and Chinese is the most widely spoken language in the world. China is also the second largest economy in the world. So, learning Mandarin gives you a distinct advantage when travelling or doing business with China or other Mandarin-speaking areas.

The skills that you learn in Mandarin are useful for working in areas such as business and commerce, travel and tourism and teaching.

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course gives you the chance to improve your skills in reading, listening, talking and writing in Mandarin (Simplified), important for learning, work and life. You will also learn to understand how language works and how to get across information and ideas.

You will study a wide range of different types of texts in different media. You will also learn to think critically and creatively and develop cultural awareness.

The course has two compulsory units plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Mandarin (Simplified): Understanding Language (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Mandarin (Simplified): Using Language (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Mandarin (Simplified) Assignment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher or tutor on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass both units plus the added value unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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