Specification at a glance

This GCSE Chinese specification requires students to complete four units in the following skill areas: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. The requirements for each unit can be found in the table below.

Listening and Reading are tiered; candidates can enter for either Foundation or Higher Tier in any available series. Speaking and Writing are untiered. 

This specification is only available for assessment in the June series.
 
There are no previous learning requirements. This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied FCSE Chinese.

For assessments and subject awards after June 2013 there is a requirement that 100% of the assessment is terminal. 

Chinese (Mandarin)
Unit 1 Listening*
46701
Unit 2 Reading*
46702
Unit 3 Speaking
 46703
Unit 4 Writing
46704

Examination
20% weighting

Examination
20% weighting

Controlled Assessment(internally assessed) 30% weighting Controlled Assessment(externally assessed) 30% weighting

Foundation Tier
30 minutes
(+ 5 minutes reading time)
 
Higher Tier
40 minutes
(+ 5 minutes reading time)

Foundation Tier
30 minutes
 
 
Higher Tier
50 minutes

   
Combines with Unit 3 to form short course GCSE in Chinese: spoken language Combines with Unit 4 to form short course GCSE in Chinese: written language Combines with Unit 1 to form short course GCSE in Chinese: spoken language Combines with Unit 2 to form short course GCSE in Chinese: written language
A range of question types based on pre-recorded spoken material in Chinese A range of question types based on written material in Chinese Students submit for moderation two tasks Students submit for marking two tasks

* In Listening and Reading there are two tiers of assessment: Foundation (G – C) and Higher (D – A*).  Students may be entered for either Foundation or Higher in each of these two skills, eg Foundation Listening and Higher Reading.

† Speaking and Writing are untiered.  Differentiation is by outcome, not by task.