National 4 Cantonese (Course Code: C711 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Cantonese?

Learning a new language enables you to make connections with different people and their cultures. It also helps you to develop important skills in communication, critical thinking, as well as increasing your cultural awareness.

Cantonese is the most common language in Hong Kong and many parts of China. It has fewer non-native speakers than Mandarin, so those learning it have a significant advantage when visiting or doing business with Hong Kong or other Cantonese-speaking areas.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism

Information, Culture and Heritage

Transport and Distribution

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved:

Modern Languages for Life and Work Award at SCQF Level 4

What will I study?

This course aims to help you to develop and extend a wide range of skills in reading, listening, talking and writing in order for you to understand Cantonese, and how it relates to English. You will also get to plan, research and apply your language skills, learning a wide range of different types of texts in different media.

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

Understanding Cantonese (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Using Cantonese (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Cantonese Assignment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on an ongoing 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):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Modern Languages (National 4)