GCE A Level 9733/8628 China Studies in English Syllabus

Understanding the JC A Level China Studies in English Syllabus

The first critical step in tackling a subject as complex as the A Level China Studies in English paper is to be cognisant of the syllabus requirements. This is a new syllabus that will be implemented in 2017 and accordingly, it is important for students to be aware of the changes and understand the new requirements. By guiding the students through the new syllabus requirements, we hope that the students will understand what is required of them in terms of the content and the relevant concepts.

GCE A Level 9733 China Studies in English Syllabus 2017

Understanding the JC A Level China Studies in English Syllabus

The first critical step in tackling a subject as complex as the A Level China Studies in English paper is to be cognisant of the syllabus requirements. This is a new syllabus that will be implemented in 2017 and accordingly, it is important for students to be aware of the changes and understand the new requirements. By guiding the students through the new syllabus requirements, we hope that the students will understand what is required of them in terms of the content and the relevant concepts.

Areas of study for JC China Studies in English

The scope of learning for H1 and H2 China Studies in English students bears some degree of resemblance but their examination format differs greatly. Thus, it is critical that the students taking either H1 or H2 China Studies in English understand the areas of study and plan accordingly prior to making any decision so that they will be able to study effectively and efficiently.

For H2 China Studies in English Syllabus (9733)

The areas of study for H2 China Studies in English are organized into three parts: Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3. Paper 1 consists of a compulsory case study that includes three sub-questions while Paper 2 has of two sections where the students will be expected to answer three essay questions. Paper 3 is an Independent Study that requires the student to write a research paper on a particular area of interest coupled with guidance from the teacher. All of these components are dependent on the student’s mastery of the four Key Issues.

Key Issue 1: China’s Development and its Impact

Content I: Economic Growth Strategy
Content II: Economic Challenges
Content III: Economic Restructuring

Key Issue 2: Governing China and its Challenges

Content I: Features of China’s Politics
Content II: Challenges Facing the Party
Content III: Governance

Key Issue 3: Chinese Society and its Transformation

Content I: Changing Demographics
Content II: Social Organisation and Stratification
Content III: Society and State

Key Issue 4: Rise of China and its Implications

Content I: Domestic Sources of China’s Foreign Policy
Content II: China as a Global Power
Content III: Sino-US Relations
Content IV: Sino-Japan Relations

Paper 1 Source Based Question (SBQ)

For Paper 1, the students will be faced with a collection of four to five sources on any of the four key issues in the syllabus content. The sources are from different perspectives and opinions that will be in various forms, such as text or imagery, which requires the students to interpret, analyse and evaluate the given material, and give a stand on the outcomes and developments based on the given information.

Paper 2 Essay Questions

Paper 2 relates to essay questions that focuses on any one of the four key issues, which assesses the degree of breadth and depth of the students mastery of the content. Accordingly, the students will have to display good content mastery and analytical skill so that they are able to achieve a higher quality of answer. The content may range from 1978 to more recent and contemporary content to show that the student is well-aware of China’s development.

Paper 3 Independent Study

This involves the students researching on a particular area of interest that relates to the any of the four key issues on China’s transformation and its future. The student may suggest an area of research that must be submitted to the principal examiner for his or her approval before the student begins the work proper. Unlike other forms of assessments, this assessment is over a duration of 6 months that requires the students to provide headings, footnotes, charts, tables and appendices that are similar to what the students will face when they begin their study in university.

For H1 China Studies in English Syllabus (8628)

For H1 China Studies in English, students will only need to focus on two Key Issues: Key Issue 1 – State-society Relations in China; and Key Issue 2 – China as a Global Power.

State-society Relations in China

Content I: Societal Changes
Content II: The Chinese State
Content III: State-society Interactions

China as a Global Power

Content I: Factors Influencing China’s Foreign Policy Goals
Content II: China as a Global Power
Content III: Challenges and Opportunities Facing China’s Bilateral Relations

H1 China Studies in English students are only required to sit for one paper, which challenges the students knowledge on domestic and foreign factors that affects China. The students will examine these developments that shaped the course of China’s development but the degree involved will be lesser than that of a H2 China Studies in English student. Thus, these areas of study will enable students to appreciate and understand the different entities and how they contribute, challenge or become an obstacle on China’s development.

Examination Format for China Studies in English

How will students be tested on the China Studies in English papers?

As a rule of thumb, students who are taking either H1 or H2 are expected to write essays and answer a series of source based questions (SBQ) within a given timeframe. In light of the changes to China Studies in English syllabus, there is a clear distinction between the exam format for H2 and H1 History students. This is evident from the topics covered and how the questions are set. Accordingly, H2 China Studies in English students are required to complete three papers, while H1 China Studies in English students need only sit for one paper. This results in the H2 China Studies in English students having to study more topics and experience a greater depth of assessment than H1 China Studies in English students.

H2 China Studies in English (9733) Exam Format

The H2 9733 China Studies in English examination is divided into three papers. Paper One deals primarily with Source Based Questions where our tutors will focus on the skills needed, such as time management because the paper’s duration is 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper Two is focused on the essay questions where our dedicated tutors will substantiate the students’ school notes with effective and in-depth information for them to score in the examinations. This paper’s duration is 2 hours and 15 minutes where the student has to answer one question for Section A and two questions from Section B.

Paper Three is the Independent Study research paper that the students will have 6 months to complete in their second year of their junior college.

Paper 1: Case Study Questions

For Paper 1, the students will be faced with a collection of four to five sources on any of the four key issues in the syllabus content. The sources are from different perspectives and opinions that will be in various forms, such as text or imagery, which requires the students to interpret, analyse and evaluate the given material, and give a stand on the outcomes and developments based on the given information.

Students must complete Paper 1 in 1 hour 30 minutes. It carries 30 marks and occupies 20% of the overall grade.

Paper 2: Essay Questions

For Paper 2, students must attempt three essay questions. This is organised into Section A and Section B where the student has to answer one compulsory question in the former and pick two out of three essay questions to be answered in Section B.

Students must complete Paper 2 in 2 hours 15 minutes. It is calculated to have 75 marks and 50% of the total grade.

Paper 3: Independent Study

For Paper 3, the students must research on a question of their choosing that relates to any of the four Key Issues on China’s transformation since 1978 and its future. The length of the research essay will be between 2,000 to 2,500 words.

Students must complete Paper 3 over a duration of 6 months. It carries 45 marks and 30% of the total grade.

H1 China Studies in English (8628) Exam Format

For H1 China Studies in English, the examination only involves one paper, which is separated into two sections: Section A (SBQ) and Section B (Essay).

Section A: Source Based Question (SBQ)

Section A requires students to read a set of sources and answer three sub-questions that relates to two issues: Key Issue 1 – State-society Relations in China; and Key Issue 2 – China as a Global Power.

Section B: Essay Writing

Section B requires the students to answer a total of two essay questions. The essay questions have been organised into two questions on Key Issue 1 (State-society Relations in China) and two questions on Key Issue 2 (China as a Global Power). Accordingly, the student has to answer one essay question from Key Issue 1 and one essay question from Key Issue 2.

Section A occupies 37.5% of the overall grade, whereas Section B holds 62.5% of the total grade. The duration of the H1 China Studies in English exam is 3 hours.

For more information, please refer to SEAB syllabus for 2017 China Studies in English H2 syllabus or H1 syllabus (8628).

Skills & Examination Techniques

What skills do you need to excel in JC China Studies in English?

The most important skills required when embarking on studying China Studies in English are being able to study effectively and efficiently. This is because there is great depth and breadth of content that is involved that may be daunting for students. Accordingly, having these basic skills will be the foundation for the students to score well.

China Studies Examination Trends

Trend of the GCE A level examination for JC China Studies in English

The syllabus is consistently in development due to the occurrences of contemporary events occurring in and outside of China. Given such development, it is necessary for the students to be constantly updated and aware of changes to international development so that their answers reflect quality and a contemporary understanding of China.

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