Can I start learning Mandarin for GCSE even though I have never learnt it before?

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I have been learning French since I was in year 7 and I'm in year 10 now but I would like to start learning Mandarin as a language for GCSE instead of French because I would just prefer it.
I have never learnt any Mandarin before though so would it be a good idea?
Does the GCSE build off what you have learnt in the past in lower school or does it start from the very beginning with things like "Hi my name is" kind of thing.
What I'm trying to say is, do I need any past experience with the language to learn it for GCSE ?
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(Original post by rkrklol)
I have been learning French since I was in year 7 and I'm in year 10 now but I would like to start learning Mandarin as a language for GCSE instead of French because I would just prefer it.
I have never learnt any Mandarin before though so would it be a good idea?
Does the GCSE build off what you have learnt in the past in lower school or does it start from the very beginning with things like "Hi my name is" kind of thing.
What I'm trying to say is, do I need any past experience with the language to learn it for GCSE ?
I forgot to add - I also speak Tagalog and was quite good at French so I am dedicated to learning languages and I'm willing to put the effort in.
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(Original post by rkrklol)
I forgot to add - I also speak Tagalog and was quite good at French so I am dedicated to learning languages and I'm willing to put the effort in.
Unfortunately there’s no Tagalog GCSE
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My advice would be to speak to the MFL head of department. You can pay for tutors etc but they (MFL HOD) would need to arrange so you can sit the exam.
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