GCSE AFRIKAANS O548

Why choose GCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language?


GCSE Afrikaans as a Second Language is recognised by universities and employers as proof of knowledge and understanding of the language. The syllabus is designed for students who already have a working knowledge of the language and who want to consolidate their understanding in order to progress in their academic or professional career. The qualification reflects the widespread use of Afrikaans in education and commerce, and also in entertainment, throughout Southern Africa. Through their studies, students will learn how to use Afrikaans effectively in the type of situations, and Afrikaans-speaking environments, they will encounter in their daily lives. The aim is to achieve a level of practical communication ideal for everyday use, which can also form the basis for further, more in-depth language study.

How are candidates assessed?

All candidates take Papers 1 and 2, and are eligible for the award of grades A* to G.

Paper 1 Reading and Writing. There are seven exercises testing reading, information transfer, note-making, summary writing and continuous writing. (2 hours / 70%)

Paper 2 Listening. There are four exercises: one true/false, one multiple choice and two comprehension exercises. (approximately 35–45 minutes / 30%)

***This syllabus is examined in the October/November examination series.***