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Polish A level at Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School

Course description

The course will enable students to: 
  • understand and respond to the authentic Polish texts 
  • produce a well-structured, argued essay with references to the text, showing a good knowledge and understanding of the chosen text 
  • understand the issues / messages presented in the text 
  • evaluate the text and express personal opinion in a well-balanced and coherent way 
  • be able to translate a passage from English into Polish showing a good knowledge of grammar and a wide range of vocabulary 
Key Skills 
  • Reading, 
  • writing, 
  • translating 
Other Skills Developed 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Grammatical knowledge  
  • Debating techniques 
  • Creative writing 

Course content

AS (Year 12) 
  • Day-to-day issues 
  • Contemporary Society  
  • Environment and Citizenship 
  • Working World 
  • The International Context 
A2 (Year 13) 
  • Day-to-day issues: media and advertising / transport / communication technology / health and wellbeing  
  • Contemporary Society - family and relationships / religion / leisure activities / social issues 
  • Environment and Citizenship - protecting the planet / urban and rural life / impact of scientific and technological progress / law and order 
  • Working World - education and employment / commerce and industry / economic issues 
  • The International Context - impact of travel and tourism / aspects of life/culture of foreign countries / the developing world / wealth and poverty 

Literary topics:

  • 1) The fight for independence as a theme in Polish literature
  • 2) Moral and social issues as presented in Polish drama 

Non-literary topics

  • 1) Poland and the Poles during World War II
  • 2) The films of Andrzej Wajda — 'Ashes and Diamonds' and 'Man of marble' 

Entry requirements

Grade B in Polish GCSE 


Unit 1 — PLSH1 - Reading and Writing
2 hour 30 minutes written examination, 100 marks 100% of AS, 50% of A Level
Written paper consisting of reading comprehension, translation into English and writing in Polish. 
Unit 2 — PLSH2 - Reading and Writing
3 hour written examination 50% of A Level, 100 marks
Written paper consisting of reading comprehension, translation into English and two essays on topics or texts in Polish. 

Future opportunities

  • Translation and Interpretation  
  • Government
  • International Organisations 
  • Education
  • Administration
  • Business and Industry
  • Tourism 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Thomas Grant Catholic Secondary School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016
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