What is Japanese?

Japanese is a language spoken by 125 million speakers. Students who choose A Level Japanese will have the opportunity to connect with a language that is mentally stimulating and interesting, as well as a rich and unique culture. During the AS and A Level courses in Japanese, students will develop their language skills while developing their understanding of Japanese society.

All our courses in Japanese are taught by native experienced teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

Throughout their studies, students will improve their Japanese language, grammar and lexis while learning about Japanese culture. Students will develop skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing, although in the examinations only reading and writing will be assessed. Students will improve their writing skills through the understanding and practise of kanji, and reading assessments are a regular part of this course.


All students in Japanese follow the current Edexcel A Level curriculum. The new specification in Japanese will be introduced in September 2018.

How is A Level Japanese assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
1 AS: Understanding and written response in Japanese 50% of A Level

100% of AS

Written exam: 2 hours and 45 minutes
2 A2: Understanding, written response and research in Japanese 50% of A Level Written exam: 3 hours


Exam Board: Edexcel

What do I need?

Ideally, you will have a good grade in GCSE Japanese or previous knowledge of the language. A passion for communication and an openness to other cultures is essential for learning a new language, along with a logical and systematic way of thinking to approach grammar and vocabulary acquisition.

What should I study with Japanese?

Japanese combines well with other languages and with English Language. However, it also compliments Business or Economics, as Japan is the third largest economy in the world. It will also provide an excellent skill for students who are considering international careers of any type, including the arts.

What can I do with A Level Japanese?

There are many degree courses in which Japanese can be studied alone or in combination with a wide range of other subjects. Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages. But more than that, Japanese provides an array of new life opportunities and experiences.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A level in Japanese in one year?

It is possible to study A Level Japanese in one year, but it will be very challenging and you will require an advanced level of Japanese. A daily work schedule and extra lessons are likely to be required.


Do I need a GCSE in Japanese?

This is not a requirement, but you will need to have at least an Intermediate level of Japanese.