Chinese (Mandarin)

Find out more about studying Chinese (Mandarin) at Westminster

Chinese (Mandarin)

  • About
  • Curriculum
  • Enrichment
  • Staff
  • After Westminster
  • About

    Chinese (Mandarin) is taught at Westminster from the Lower Shell as an optional subject. It is, of course, very different from the other languages on the curriculum: while straightforward in some respects, its structure and writing system offer a good intellectual and academic challenge. Pupils enjoy the sense of cultural discovery involved in learning Chinese. Pupils at Westminster embrace the subject with enthusiasm and success.

    Department Contact Ms Haitong Wang
    haitong.wang@westminster.org.uk
  • Curriculum
    Lower School

    Chinese (Mandarin) is taught as an optional subject from the Lower Shell (Year 10). The Edexcel GCSE Chinese (Mandarin) course aims to equip spupils with a solid foundational vocabulary and oral / aural proficiency. The structure of the examination is directly comparable to other modern languages in that a quarter of the marks are available for each of the four skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening.

    Syllabus & Code
    Edexcel GCSE 1CN0 Chinese
    Upper School

    In the Upper School we follow the Edexcel A Level specification. This is a challenging qualification, but a rewarding one. Linguistic proficiency is developed through the exploration of a range of contemporary themes, all anchored in the context of China itself, but also through the study of two Chinese literary texts (or, alternatively, one film and one book). In the Remove (Year 13), pupils complete an Independent Research Project, which they then present in full in the oral exam.

    Syllabus & Code
    Edexcel A Level 9CN0 Chinese
    Sixth Form Entry
    Subject requirements for the course
    Candidates require a grade 8 or 9 in Chinese (Mandarin) at (I)GCSE level. The department will consider applicants predicted on grade 7 or above and will review a candidate’s individual merits and potential during the application process.

    Entrance Examination

    The entrance examination includes reading comprehension and writing tasks based on the knowledge and proficiency that we expect successful (I)GCSE candidates to have acquired. In the interview, there will be a brief conversation in Mandarin.

    Overseas Candidates
    There is no (I)GCSE requirement for those who attend schools overseas that do not prepare pupils for (I)GCSE examinations. Candidates will be considered for a place based on their performance in the School’s entrance examinations and a transcript of results from their current school.
  • Enrichment

    Besides marking important Chinese cultural occasions here in School, we regularly accompany pupils on visits to the cinema, museums and galleries and to other cultural institutions, to enrich their learning in the classroom.

  • Staff

    * denotes Head of Department
    † denotes Housemaster

    Ms Xin Dane (XD) — Chinese Assistant
    Ms Haitong Wang (HW)
  • After Westminster

    Oriental studies degrees at top Universities, such as SOAS, Oxford and Cambridge, are highly valued and respected across the UK and indeed around the world. Oriental studies can also be combined with a European language, Theology, Classics and a range of other subjects. That said, many pupils of Chinese at Westminster go on to study a full range of other degrees, including STEM subjects, for which a fourth A Level in a Modern Language is held in great esteem.

"Learning Chinese is a real challenge, but I love it. The sense of accomplishment is what I like best."

— Year 10 pupil

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