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.
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This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:
The course comprises three areas of study.
Understanding Mandarin (Simplified)
Using Mandarin (Simplified)
The course assessment consists of four components totalling 200 marks:
The performance – You will demonstrate your skills in Mandarin by talking about themes or topics related to the specialist study area and at least one context from Society, Learning, Employability or Culture studied in the Understanding Mandarin (simplified) or Using Mandarin (simplified) areas, or in preparation of the portfolio.
The portfolio – You will produce a piece of writing in English of 1,200 – 1,500 words, based on your analysis of either a piece of literature or media or language in work within the context of Mandarin.
The performance component is set and verified externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), and assessed and marked by your school or college.
Both the question papers and the assignment are set and externally marked by SQA.
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
SQA Past Papers Mandarin (simplified) Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Paper (Reading and Translation) Mandarin (simplified) Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Paper (Listening and Discursive Writing) Mandarin (simplified) Advanced Higher
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