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.
Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have:
This course aims to help you develop your reading, listening, talking and writing skills in Mandarin, in a variety of contexts. You will encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. In addition, the course also provides you with knowledge of China and the customs and way of life of the Chinese people.
The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.
Understanding Mandarin (Simplified) (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Using Mandarin (Simplified) (9 SCQF credit points)
In this unit you will:
Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)
The course assessment consists of two components:
The question papers will assess your listening, reading, and writing skills in Mandarin. The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.
The performance has two sections; delivering a presentation in Mandarin, and taking part in a natural, spontaneous conversation with the teacher or lecturer in Mandarin. The conversation will be from one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability, or culture.
Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.
The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.
If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:
Further study, training or employment in:
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):