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Italian AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description


This is the first half of the Advanced GCE course and is composed of two units. The AS course aims to develop the ability to understand and use Italian effectively across the four skill areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening. We use many authentic Italian texts and extracts and encourage students to carry out extra independent study outside the classroom to further extend their vocabulary.


The full Advanced GCE qualification is made up of the AS units plus two more units which are studied at a higher level. The students will study topics such as customs, traditions, national and international events, literature and the arts.

Course content


A number of topics are covered including:

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Italian-speaking world
  • Education and employment

There is a particular focus on grammar and the use of sophisticated structures to improve written and spoken skills. An opportunity for students to go on a one week work experience placement is offered in year 12 which gives students a chance to experience the language first hand and learn about the customs and culture of the target language country.


Students will need to be able to have opinions on current events and be able to argue their points of view. There is much more of a focus on research and students will study and analyse an Italian film.


AS: Students will be assessed on their spoken expression and response (30% of marks at  AS) and understanding and written response (70% of marks at AS).

A2: Students will be assessed on their understanding and spoken response (35% of mark at A2) and their research, understanding and written response (65% of AS).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years