GCSE | Chinese Mandarin

GCSE Chinese Mandarin

The department

The Languages department at Leighton Park offers French, German, Spanish, Mandarin and Latin. We have a team of eight dedicated and passionate teachers whose aim it is to instil a passion for languages in all our students. The language department’s goal is to produce students who recognise the need to understand another country’s language in order to fully appreciate their culture

There are numerous opportunities for students to put their language skills to the test. These include trips to European countries, trips to China and the chance to take part in Spanish, French or German study courses.


Exam Board: Edexcel
Syllabus Code: 1CN0

Edexcel GCSE Chinese has been developed to help students of all abilities progress and develop a passion for languages, through culturally engaging content. Students who have studied Mandarin for at least one year and who have made good progress during this time are encouraged to opt for this subject.

Through Chinese GCSE study you will be able to manipulate and use this language effectively, independently and creatively, so that you will have a solid basis from which to progress to IB at Standard or Higher Level or employment internationally.

Edexcel Chinese GCSE is a linear course with examinations in Listening, Reading and Writing at the end of the second year. Each skill has an equal weighting of 25%.

You will practise the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of methods, such as work in the multimedia language laboratory, group-work, pair-work, studying texts, and writing postcards, letters and short essays.

The main course book used is produced by Edexcel covering all the syllabus requirements. Activities range from simple yes/no exercises to extracting more information from a demanding text at the very highest level.

You will be offered the chance to participate in a visit to China in our sister school in Beijing and take part in some Chinese activities during your two years of study. You will find Chinese Grammar is much easier to master comparing to other languages.

Looking further afield, Mandarin is one of the most useful languages in the world in many business areas and is the most widely spoken language worldwide.


The topics are divided into 5 areas:

  1. Identity and culture
  2. Local area, holiday, travel
  3. School
  4. Future aspirations, study and work
  5. International and global dimension.

Remember, you must choose at least ONE Modern Foreign Language.


If you have any queries about this course, please contact Head of Department: Didier Descamps.

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