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Italian - A Level - Edexcel at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

Over the A Level years, as a student of Italian, you can expect to grow in fluency and confidence, learning to communicate with increasing ease on a number of topical issues and in general conversation. You will benefit from a weekly lesson with a native Italian speaker, brushing up your conversational and debating skills and you will need to spend at least one of your private study periods each week in reading Italian to improve fluency and comprehension.

Learning vocabulary and perfecting its use forms a large part of A Level Italian as does grammar. Written work is produced weekly and students of Italian should be prepared to carry out extra listening practice at home.

We also aim to immerse you in Italian culture, history, film and current affairs. Extremely popular trips to Italy regularly appear on the school calendar each year. Learning a foreign language means vastly improving your chances in the job market, broadening your horizons and building your confidence and ability to communicate with people from other cultures.

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 Oral

Students respond to four questions on a stimulus card on a chosen topic and then develop the discussion further. 10mins 30% of AS Level 15% of A Level

Unit 2 Listening, Reading and Writing and essay

Candidates complete comprehension questions and produce an essay on a choice of topics. 2 hours 30mins 70% of AS Level 35% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 Oral

Candidates speak and defend their opinions on selected topics. 13mins 35% of A2 Level 17.5% of A Level

Unit 4 Writing

Candidates complete a piece of translation, write an essay on a studied topic and a further essay on an area of cultural interest. 2 hours 30mins  65% of A2 Level 32.5% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-A in GCSE Italian, having completed the higher tier papers.


Entry criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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