AQA GCSE Chinese: Guide & quick links

Are you a teacher looking for information about the AQA Chinese GCSE?      Save time by finding all the information you need in one place below.    Where is the specification/GCSE Chinese syllabus, where can I find examination updates, what resources should you use and where can I find past papers?

Answers to these questions and many others can be found below.

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Overview:  AQA have offered the GCSE Chinese in standard or short course format since 2011.

The AQA GCSE Chinese Specification is available here

Specimen Question papers and mark schemes are available here (listening and reading only)

An extensive teachers resource bank is available here

Controlled assessment guide is here

Course Components:

Full Course:

Consists of 4 papers as follows:

1.    Listening Foundation and Higher

Tier 20%

4.    Writing Controlled Assessment 30%

Short Course:

Consists of 2 sets of courses each with 2 papers as follows:

1.    Listening Foundation and Higher Tier 40%

2.    Speaking Controlled assessmenT 60%     


1. Reading Foundation and Higher Tier 40%
2. Writing Controlled Assessment 60%

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Listening and Reading is by exam.

Speaking by controlled assessment.

Both tasks in form of a dialogue of 4-6 minutes each.

Writing by controlled assessment. Two tasks. Marked by AQA.

AQA Updates

Read important messages about examinations  as well as other AQA news here.


AQA Chinese GCSE website: Your first port of call should be to look at the AQA’s excellent Teachers Resources sections.  In here you will find anything from student exemplar materials, Teacher Standardisation Meeting Materials to the Scheme of Work.


Easy Steps to Chinese / Chinese Made Easy. Both ranges have been endorsed by AQA. They can be purchased here

Ni Hao.  Can be purchased here

Get Ahead in Chinese –A Chinese course for GCSE.  Can be purchased here

GCSE Chinese. Can be purchased here.


Oxford Beginner's Chinese Dictionary by Oxford University Press. Can be purchased here

Oxford Chinese Dictionary by Zhu Yuan, Wang Liangbi, and Ren.  Can be purchased here


Grammar Books:

Basic Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook (Grammar Workbooks) by Yip Po-Ching and Don

Rimmington.  Can be purchased here

Intermediate Chinese: A Grammar and Workbook (Routledge Grammars) by Yip Po-Ching

and Don Rimmington.  Can be purchased here

Schaum's Outline of Chinese Grammar by Claudia Ross.  Can be purchase here

Book Shops:

Past papers?

See our related article here

English Baccalaureate:

The AQA GCSE counts towards the English Baccalaureate.  The introduction of the new English Bacc affects every school in the country.  To achieve the English Bacc certificate, a student must achieve A* to C grades for a number of qualifications in different subject components. Find out which qualifications are included in the languages component at our at our English Bacc web pages.  AQA Chinese GCSE can form the language component of the English Bacc.

For more information about the AQA GCSE, visit the website here

(updated 10 Nov 11)