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Russian IB Ab Initio Standard Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

As global communication between nations becomes increasingly important, so being able to speak a foreign language increases in its desirability. Between them, French, Spanish and Italian are official languages in over sixty-six countries and important languages in the running of the European Union and United Nations. Russian, an official language in sixth different countries and with over a quarter of a million speakers has a great influence on the world today. As for Latin, the origin of so many European languages, the potential to develop understanding of grammatical concepts and word origins that it brings is immense. Along with the practical use of learning, these languages comes the vast cultural heritage and linguistic richness of their peoples and histories.

Course content

Beginners' Italian and Russian

With no prior knowledge, you will develop the four key language skills and study the following topics:

Individual and society

Leisure and work

Urban and rural environment

Entry requirements

IB Diploma

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths. For your three higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs at grade B or above in those subjects or a related one. We recommend Higher level Maths only for those with grade A or above in Maths. (Students studying different national qualifications to GCSEs will be given a conditional offer equivalent to our GCSE requirements).


The final mark is made up of external exams taken at the end of the course and internal oral assessments during the Upper Sixth. There is also a written assignment. The length and challenge of exams varies according to level chosen.


Standard and higher level students:

Paper 1 - written responses to texts

Paper 2 - creative and argumentative writing tasks

Written assignment - guided writing (AI), creative writing (SL), response to literature (HL)

Oral commentary ( Interactive skills) - oral presentation and conversation (SL/HL only)

Interactive oral (Interactive skills) - three tasks including one listening task (SL/HL only)

Individual interview (Interactive skills) - oral presentation and interview (AI only)

Future opportunities

Languages can lead, naturally, to a degree in the subject and a career in linguistics, translation, interpreting or teaching. However, languages are a desirable qualification in the eyes of universities, businesses and government agencies generally and many linguists go on to excel in other fields .

Further information

How will I study?

You will have access to reference, linguistic and literary texts in the library, along with periodicals in the languages studied. You will have access to web-based language resources and foreign language films. You will have weekly seminars and time with a foreign language assistant.


What extra-curricular activities will there be?

Access to native speakers is essential to learn a language effectively, so we will be setting up links and exchanges with overseas schools. There will also be opportunities for linguistic and cultural events through our partners the Alliance Franaise, La Dante and the Arts Picturehouse .

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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