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Italian AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

At AS the course covers a variety of topics including Education & Employment, Youth Culture & Concerns, Health & Fitness, The World Around Us. You will continue to broaden your vocabulary through these topics, deepen your study and practice of Italian grammar and develop the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing. Inside and outside the classroom you will gain a wider knowledge and understanding of Italy and Italian culture through watching films, reading texts and keeping a dossier of items of current affairs.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement in Urbania.

At A2 you will cover a wider range of areas of Italian culture. You will also be required to develop debating skills over controversial contemporary issues, and will study the popular literary text and film of ‘Io non ho paura’.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Italian.


At AS there are 2 units of assessment all by examination. Unit 1 consists of a prepared Oral Topic and Unit 2 combines Reading, Writing and Listening Skills.

At A2 there are 2 further units for examination. Unit 3 is the oral discussion andUnit 4 consists of a translation into Italian, a topic-based essay and a research-based essay.

Future opportunities

Italian is a subject which can be continued at university in further language study, or combined with other areas such as media, philosophy, business, history of art. Specialist careers such as interpreting, translation, education and tourism may require Italian. It will also be advantageous in the fields of business, fashion, journalism, art, and diplomacy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.