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Italian A level at St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

Studying Italian AS is a good opportunity to develop communication skills and research about Italian culture. Learning Italian is an accomplishment which brings great satisfaction and added confidence.

Current AS students say that the course:

  • Encourages them to develop communication skills
  • Has increased their knowledge of Italian culture
  • Helped them to aim for high grades that give them the opportunity to go to the University.

Course content

Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in Italian;   
Unit 2: Understanding and written response in Italian.

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: Travel, Tourism, Environmental issue and the Italian speaking world
  • Education and Employment

Entry requirements

Minimum 6 GCSEs at grade A*- C (including English Language) for A Level study programmes.

Students are required to have the knowledge understanding and skills required for GCSE at Higher Tier. There is no particular experience needed for the course, everyone who have interest in languages can choose the course.


Unit 1- Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in a discussion in Italian that relates to chosen general topic area and allied subtopics. Students will be expected to give relevant and appropriate information, convey opinions, interact and respond to a range of questions.

Unit 2 requires students to understand and convey their understanding of Italian language texts and recordings. In addition, students will need to produce an essay to demonstrate an ability to manipulate the Italian language in continuous writing. Students will be expected to recognize and use the Italian language in a variety of contexts and in relation to a prescribed range of general topic areas.

By completing homework students are able to see what has to be improved.  To reach higher grade: regular attendance, punctuality, 3 hours of private study per week, an interest in current affairs and regular attendance at classes.                 

Future opportunities

Knowing Italian is a great benefit in several career fields. Italy is a world leader in fashion, graphic design, space engineering and culinary arts.

Many employers seek people who speak both Italian and English Languages.  

Further information

Resources used within the department are:

  • Past Papers
  • Textbook and workbook
  • Films, News and links about the modules studied
  • Photocopied external resources based on the topic that required to study for AS course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year