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Should i Choose to do GCSE Mandarin during my A-Levels?
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Wouldn’t you want to do the A-Level exam at A-level ?
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Wouldn’t you want to do the A-Level exam at A-level ?
Not if OP is a beginner.
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Should i Choose to do GCSE Mandarin during my A-Levels?
This is what I’m planning to do. If you think it’s not too much work and like languages, go for it!
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What’s OP ? 😄🤔
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Not if OP is a beginner.

This is what I’m planning to do. If you think it’s not too much work and like languages, go for it!
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Not if OP is a beginner.

This is what I’m planning to do. If you think it’s not too much work and like languages, go for it!
Is there a point because i will be doing A-Levels in September and i might want to do East Asian Studies for university? Also i am an absolute beginner
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(Original post by polyglot23)
What’s OP ? 😄🤔
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Hi :-) I think there's definitely a "point". Mandarin (even at a basic level) will give you an edge when applying for jobs and will be particularly helpful if applying for East Asian studies.

Two things I would suggest bearing in mind:

1) Your A Levels are THE most important thing. If you think you can balance A Levels with the extra GCSE and get good grades then go for it. If you think the GCSE will really eat into your A Level revision time then it might be worth reconsidering - perhaps showing your interest by doing a Duolingo course in your free time instead? At the end of the day, you need good A Level grades for uni, that is your priority.

From someone who has read UCAS PS from a university perspective, doing a GCSE would be showing good interest in East Asian studies... but so would finishing the Duolingo course or attending a languages summer school

2) If you're doing a GCSE in it, maybe check if it is compulsory to then declare it on your UCAS etc? Here, I'm thinking that if you do less well in the GCSE you wouldn't want the uni to get the wrong idea and not think you have the aptitude to study something similar at uni.
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Hi :-) I think there's definitely a "point". Mandarin (even at a basic level) will give you an edge when applying for jobs and will be particularly helpful if applying for East Asian studies.

Two things I would suggest bearing in mind:

1) Your A Levels are THE most important thing. If you think you can balance A Levels with the extra GCSE and get good grades then go for it. If you think the GCSE will really eat into your A Level revision time then it might be worth reconsidering - perhaps showing your interest by doing a Duolingo course in your free time instead? At the end of the day, you need good A Level grades for uni, that is your priority.

From someone who has read UCAS PS from a university perspective, doing a GCSE would be showing good interest in East Asian studies... but so would finishing the Duolingo course or attending a languages summer school

2) If you're doing a GCSE in it, maybe check if it is compulsory to then declare it on your UCAS etc? Here, I'm thinking that if you do less well in the GCSE you wouldn't want the uni to get the wrong idea and not think you have the aptitude to study something similar at uni.
How does the process of doing GCSE mandarin work if my sixth form doesn't teach it? How much does it cost to do GCSE Mandarin?
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Wow, this was me two year ago.I would say honestly as I’m currently doing GCSE mandarin alongside A levels go for it I thoroughly enjoy it and it’s helps me to de-stress from my a levels. However, you should ask yourself why u want to do it and if it has any use to you at all, although another GCSE is a bonus. My A level choices are not too difficult compared to subjects like history, maths and sciences etc and I’m doing french Spanish and sociology which are much easier but still difficult so maybe consider if you think you will be able to manage your A levels which will be more important for uni. I’m going to study Chinese at uni this year and I don’t regret it at all, through college my struggle was A levels and speaking from experience of others if you don’t want to continue with it you can always drop it in the first year of college Hope this helps x
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(Original post by Karima3333)
Is there a point because i will be doing A-Levels in September and i might want to do East Asian Studies for university? Also i am an absolute beginner
Especially if you want to do East Asian Studies, Mandarin is very useful.
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