If you have an enthusiasm for language learning and want to develop an understanding of the Japanese language, A-Level Japanese is for you. In this course you will not only develop Japanese language skills, but an understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where Japanese is spoken.
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 A-Level 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?
Edexcel A-Level Japanese is taught within the two-year programme for students for whom Japanese is not a first language.
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.
How is A-Level Japanese assessed?
Exam board: Edexcel
Assessment consists of three externally-examined papers that assess listening, reading and writing skills.
Paper 1: Translation into English, reading comprehension and writing (research
Paper 2: Translation into Japanese and written response to works
Paper 3: Listening, reading and writing
What do I need?
You will need to have a minimum grade C in GCSE Japanese (or equivalent). 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 complements 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?
The Edexcel A-Level detailed above is the new A-Level specification starting in September 2018 and the first A-Level examinations for this specification will take place in June 2020.
If you sat the outgoing Edexcel A-Level Japanese specification in the summer of 2018 and wish to retake this in summer 2019 you can do so.
The outgoing specification is only available to A-Level retake candidates. Consequently it is not possible to study A-Level Japanese as a new one year subject from September 2018 – June 2019.
Do I need GCSE Japanese to study A-Level Japanese?
If Japanese is not your first language, yes, at a minimum of grade C (or a GCSE grade C equivalent qualification).
Japanese is my first language, do I need to have A-Level Japanese lessons for two-years?
No. The College offers an ‘Exam Entry Plus’ programme that introduces you to the specification requirements and then delivers preparatory lessons in the five weeks preceding the A-level examinations.