The Edexcel GCSE in Chinese consists of four units based on the following skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

The Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Chinese: Spoken Language is formed of two of of these units (speaking and listening) and the Edexcel GCSE (Short Course) in Chinese: Written Language is formed of the other two units (reading and writing). Students may be entered for a short course at the end of Year 10 or Year 11, however it is no longer possible for students to ‘top up’ from a short course to the full GCSE.

All qualifications offer choice, flexibility and focus.

This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topic areas. Students will be tested on their ability to understand spoken Chinese. Testing is through a variety of tasks which require a response, written or non-verbal, to demonstrate understanding.

Speaking

The focus of the speaking unit will be chosen by the centre in consultation with the student and will relate to the following themes: media, travel and culture or sport, leisure and work.

Reading & understanding

This unit draws on vocabulary and structures from across the four specified common topicareas.

Students will be tested on their ability to understand written Chinese. Testing is through avariety of tasks which require a response (either written or non-verbal), to demonstrate theirunderstanding

Writing

Students will produce two pieces of Arabic writing in response to a choice of questions that relate to the prescribed themes of this specification: media, travel and culture or sport, leisure and work.