01708 730462
Email us


What are the aims of the course?

Studying Mandarin helps students develop their language skills in a variety of contexts and gives a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Mandarin is spoken. It encourages enjoyment of language learning and the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society. Within your lessons you will work to understand the spoken language more easily and to take part in the kind of conversations which you may have if you visit a Mandarin-speaking country or when you meet Mandarin speaking people in this country. You will improve your understanding of the written language, so that you can read magazines and books in Mandarin; you will learn to write a range of texts including letters and stories; and you will find out much more about Mandarin speaking people, their countries and their way of life.

What you will study?

Mandarin lessons from Year 8 to Year 11 cover a range of topics, broadly focused around ‘myself and the world around me’. You will learn to share key information about yourself, your family your school and your local environment as well as focusing on some of the key issues for young people such as social relationships, future plans and the environment. As you cover these topics you will gain a wide range of Chinese characters as well as as their pronunciation. You will be expected to work as part of the whole class, as part of a group, with a partner or independently. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your learning and to work from a menu of activities, using a range of reference materials to help you develop the skills you need to work in more depth. You will make use of online or ICT resources. You will develop key understanding of German culture and look at some of the traditions, celebrations and ways of life in Mandarin speaking countries.

How you will be assessed at the end of the course?

The Mandarin GCSE consists of 4 exams taken at the end of Year 11:

  • Reading (25%)
  • Listening (25%) •
  • Speaking (25%)
  • Writing (25%)

Internal assessments throughout the course will mirror the final assessments and feedback will provide students with key areas of strength and for development.


Homework is set once weekly and consists of a vocabulary learning task. Other support materials and additional learning tasks are available within lessons.

Essential learning equipment

Ensure safe keeping of passwords and login details. A dictionary at home is helpful.

Additional opportunities

Opportunities are available for international visits. In year 10 we offer students to take part in a study visit to China. Students might be supported by a dedicated Chinese language assistant.

Subject Leader

Mr M Morgan MMorgan@steds.org.uk