Japanese Language AS Level - 8281



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the ‘approved list’ for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

Students should have successfully completed Japanese IGCSE or similar. Students who have not completed Japanese IGCSE must apply to the Languages Head of Faculty.

Course Description:

This course covers speaking, reading and writing and essay writing. All textual material used in the examination will be drawn from a wide range of topical areas with reference to Japan. This course provides a sound foundation for NZQA Scholarship Japanese examinations.


  • Work and leisure
  • War and Peace
  • Patterns of daily life
  • Medical advances
  • Human relationships
  • Environment
  • Contemporary aspects of the country.


Component 1 Speaking Internal Compulsory Weighting: 29%
Component 2 Reading & Writing External Compulsory Weighting: 50%
Component 3 Essay External Compulsory Weighting: 21%