Japanese GCSE

This one year course will enable you to:

  • use the language creatively and imaginatively
  • use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication
  • given an insight into the culture and civilisation of Japan
  • Course Outline
    • The course is divided into the following topic areas:

      • The reasons for wanting to study Japanese are many and varied: you may be driven by a love of manga and anime, or just want to discover more about the culture that gave us numerous martial arts and Hello Kitty. Whatever the reason, studying GCSE, Japanese is certain to fascinate and inspire you.Studying Japanese means you are learning a language that is utterly different from English You will probably view language learning in a very different way. It means learning to form verbs or doing words according not just to tense but also to politeness. If that sounds difficult, there are many ways in which it is easier to learn than more commonly learnt European languages. There are no grammatical genders and verbs are easier to form. Last but definitely not least, Japanese is really easy to pronounce.

        At the end of the course you will take examinations in reading and writing, speaking and listening. You will also be given the opportunity to take part in the Japanese trip, exploring Tokyo, Hiroshima and Kyoto


  • Career opportunities and further study
    • Knowledge of a language as distinctive and different as Japanese will make you stand out over people who can only speak one. It will make you more employable. The service industries, business, manufacturing, banking, finance, Law, journalism need people who can speak more than one language

  • Conversation sessions with a Language Assistant
    • As well as your lessons with your teachers, you will have a timetabled lesson each week with the foreign language assistant in smaller groups to focus on speaking and listening.

  • Trips and events
    • Students who take the subject can go on a trip to Japan. They will visit, temples, and high tech centres in Tokyo, the centre for world peace in Hiroshima, and our partner high school in Kyoto, the historic former capital of Japan.

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Entry Requirements

You can download provisional entry requirements for 2018 courses below. Please note that your enrolment on to a particular course must be approved by the Head of that department.