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Italian GCE AS/A Level (Edexcel) at St Francis Xavier 6th Form College (SFX College)

Course description

Languages are an invaluable skill to have in today's market. Studying a language at AS/A Level will build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE. It will give you an understanding of how you can use language in a variety of contexts and situations.

The emphasis of each language course is to improve communication in the foreign language by developing your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The courses are designed to help you develop proficiency in your chosen foreign language and to appreciate the diversity of cultures.

Entry requirements

In addition to the minimum entry requirements you will need at least a grade B (preferred) in GCSE Italian.

Absolute beginners will also be considered.


For listening, reading and writing assessment is based on examination. For the AS speaking exams, students will have to demonstrate their ability to converse in Italian on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, express opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions.

For A2 speaking, students will have to take a clear stance on an issue of their choice and demonstrate their ability to interact effectively with the teacher, defend their views and sustain a discussion on different topics chosen by the teacher.

Future opportunities

This subject can be combined with any other to add an international dimension to your studies and your future career. The rest of the world most definitely does not 'always speak English'. At university, the ERASMUS programme allows you to study for a year abroad at a European university - whatever the subject of your main course.

Few UK students can do this, because they usually do not have the language skills; with an A Level in a language, you will be in a much stronger position to study art in Italy or politics in Spain or law in France. Of course, it is also possible to study languages because you enjoy them and the countries where they originate.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis Xavier 6th Form College (SFX College) directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • St Francis Xavier College is the most accessible Catholic Sixth Form College in London, with underground travel taking approximately 15 minutes from Waterloo, London Bridge, Victoria or Morden.

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      Nearest station (two minutes walk to the College) is Clapham South on the Northern Line. Change at London Bridge for the Jubilee Line.

      50: Croydon - Stockwell
      155: Tooting - Elephant & Castle
      355: Mitcham - Brixton
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