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The specification is designed to inspire students, enabling them to use the Language independently and encouraging a deeper understanding of the language and culture. 

What I should consider before enrolling

All students undertaking this A level must have IGCSE in English Language at grade C or 4 (or equivalent qualification) and a grade B or 6 (or equivalent qualification) in Chinese.


Overview of content


Teachers can explore the topic areas in any way they choose. The following examples (which are not prescriptive) are a useful guide to planning courses. All these suggestions, and other themes chosen by the teacher from within the topic areas, should be studied with reference to countries/communities where Chinese is spoken. 

Human relationships – family – generation gap – young people

  • Family activities; new patterns of family relationships; the status of the elderly and responsibility for their care 
  • Generation gap; conflicts in the family circle; young people and the older generation; attitudes of young people to the family environment 
  • Young people; young people and their peer group; young people as a target group for advertisers and politicians

Patterns of daily life – urban and rural life – the media – food and drink – law and order – philosophy and belief – health and fitness

  • Daily routine; school; the individual’s way of life; living conditions 
  • Advantages and disadvantages of urban and rural life; transport and communications; shopping; housing 
  • The role and influence of the media; the power of advertising 
  • Healthy eating; fast-food; national traditions of eating and drinking 
  • Violence and crime; drug-related crime; the role of the police; law-enforcement 
  • The role of philosophy and belief in a local, national and an international context; attitudes towards different beliefs and philosophical issues; philosophical and religious practices/groups; values and morality 
  • Healthy living; exercise; dieting; drugs; health care provision; stress; AIDS 

Work and leisure – equality of opportunity – employment and unemployment – sport – free time activities – travel and tourism – education – cultural life/heritage

  • Women in society and in the workforce; equality of opportunity for minority groups 
  • Preparation for work and job opportunities; career plans; qualifications and job routines; plight of the unemployed, areas of high unemployment; demise of traditional industries; possible solutions, immigrant workers 
  • Individual and team sports; amateur and professional sport 
  • Value of leisure; balance between leisure and work; planning leisure time 
  • Tourism as a modern phenomenon; friction between tourists and local inhabitants; holidays and foreign travel 
  • Education systems and types of school; patterns of curriculum; relationship between education and training; further and higher education provision; examinations 
  • The world of the arts; significant figures and trends in the arts; the place of culture and the arts in the life of the nation War and peace – social and economic development 
  • Conflicts in the world: ethnic, religious, ideological • positive and negative aspects of social and economic development; recent and predicted trends

Chinese Specification

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