The International Baccalaureate offers three educational programmes for children aged 3–19 and is one of the most prestigious and well-known academic qualifications in the world.

Why take an IB in Chinese?

The IB qualification is accepted as an entry requirement for thousands of universities worldwide, including many in China. Taking an IB in Chinese is an ideal way of gaining an academically prestigious qualification that also offers real quality in terms of syllabus and teaching (schools must register for IB World School Status before teaching the subject to exam level). The IB is rapidly gaining popularity in China: there are now 54 IB World Schools in China offering one or more of the three IB programmes.

IB Structure

The overall programme is split into three core areas, but students can only study Mandarin Chinese as part of the Diploma Programme.  The Diploma Programme, for students aged 16 to 19, is a demanding two-year curriculum that meets the needs of highly motivated students, and leads to a qualification that is recognized by leading universities around the world.

Mandarin Chinese can be studied in the IB Diploma as one of the 2 languages that form part of the overall syllabus. Depending on the students’ experience and proficiency, it can be studied at one of three levels:

  • Ab Initio - for beginners who have no previous experience of Mandarin. Standard level only.
  • Language B – for students who have had some previous experience of learning Mandarin. This can be taken as either a higher level or a standard level.
  • Language A2 – students who have a high level of competence in the language they have chosen. These courses include both language and literature elements and can be taken at higher or standard level.

For more information about the IB Diploma, please visit the IBO site.

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