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Italian A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

Italy is famous for its artistic heritage, design, music, fashion and food. The language is one in which rapid progress can be made in the early stages simply because such a high percentage of English vocabulary derives from Latin. Classes also tend to be smaller and this enables you to have more individual teaching to help you progress. You do NOT need Italian GCSE to enrol on the course. For students who really are keen and enthusiastic about languages, Italian can be studied from scratch. However, this is an intensive course and students must be good linguists, highly motivated, hard-working and organized in order to keep up with the fast pace of the course. This A-level will enable you to:

  • Develop skills in a new foreign language very quickly.
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the foreign language
  • Develop insights into the culture of the country
  • Study a subject that combines well with many other subjects
  • Develop skills that are highly valued by employers and universities
  • Take part in an exchange trip

Course content

The A level course is organised into four main topics which address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of Italian political and artistic culture. Each topic is split into three sub-topics.

Tema 1: I cambiamenti della società italiana
● Changes within the Italian family: changing attitudes to marriage, i mammoni
● Education: students’ problems, the brain drain.
● The world of work: gender inequality, unemployment

Tema 2: La cultura politica ed artistica nei Paesi di lingua italiana
● Music: changes & development, the impact on popular culture
● The media: freedom of expression, newspapers and publishing online
● Cultural heritage: festivals, customs & traditions

Tema 3: L’Italia: una società in evoluzione
● The positive impact of immigration to the Italian economy and culture
● The problems of migration in Italy
● The North / South divide

Tema 4: Dal fascismo ai giorni nostri
● Mussolini’s rise to power
● Fascism during the Second World War
● From dictatorship to democracy

The course also covers the study of a literary work and a feature film. You will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

At the end of the course you will take three exams, which will test your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

Many students continue their study of Italian as part of their university degrees. There is a variety of courses which combine Italian with subjects such as business and management, marketing, accountancy, law, engineering, sciences, IT, arts and music and many courses offer students the possibility of studying in Italy as part of their degree. Studies show that employment prospects are improved by having a second language. Both universities and employers value the ability to speak other languages.

Further information

Aquinas offers an exchange trip to Valdobbiadene in the Veneto region of Italy with trips to Venice and Verona. Students stay with an Italian family and find that this is an exciting way to practise their language skills as well as make lasting friendships.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Aquinas College directly.

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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