Chinese is offered as a three year GCSE course starting in Year 9 and finishing in Year 11. You will also have had some Chinese taster lessons during the course of Key Stage 3. It is also available as courses in the sixth form as a 2 year GCSE course and as part of the IBCC.
Some students in year 7 are offered the chance to be part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme. These students agree to learn Mandarin intensively for 5 years, with extra tuition after school. These students learn both French and Mandarin from Year 7, and are expected to far exceed GCSE standards by the time they are in Year 11.
Why learn Chinese?
The World is Changing
You have heard it all before – Globalization, Outsourcing, and Free Trade. The world is changing, even if the USA and the European Union continue as important actors on the world scene, they have to compete with other countries, most of all – China. Since China, with its growing economy, solid commercial balance and big foreign money reserves, has joined the World Trade Organisation interacting with China is more and more important. But how can you interact and do business with someone and in such a huge country like China if you don’t even understand the language?
Because everybody does
Okay, to be honest – not everybody is learning Chinese. But did you know that the number of students learning Chinese is the fastest growing among all foreign languages? Quiet often demand in Chinese classes is higher than there are Chinese teachers available, because not only students, also many businessmen and women have started learning Chinese.
To maintain your competitiveness
In the future, many students will learn Chinese, but nowadays speaking Chinese is a real advantage when it comes to finding a job after earning your first university degree. If you learn Chinese, you are different and you can benefit from many new opportunities linked to the growing trade with China.
Manufacturing in China
China has more than 1.3 billion inhabitants, an unbelievable working force with lower costs than in Western Europe and northern America. China is home to millions of factories that create goods for the global market and many of these companies are managed by or in cooperation with foreign investors. If you learn Chinese, you can help to create faster cooperation between your local companies and Chinese factories.
China can soon become the biggest consumer market in the world
China is not only the factory of the world producing many of our daily goods, it’s also a fast growing market with more than a billion consumers. Foreign companies are rushing into the Chinese market it the hope of huge profits. Today’s China is very different from yesterday’s China. As in any other country, the younger generations want to have their own MP3-Players, Iphones etc. This growing trade with Chinese makes it more and more important for foreign companies to have qualified employees, speaking Chinese who can to communicate with locals in China and abroad.
More than 1.3 billion people speak Chinese
If you learn Chinese, you can communicate to more people than ever before. You can learn more about a fascinating culture, get in contact with people, make friends and create opportunities. Can you image a language that opens more doors than Chinese?