Italian AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School
Knowledge of Italian will make you stand out from
other candidates seeking a job who haven’t had the
opportunity to study the language to such a high
level. Italian is also an important language for people
considering careers in the arts, gastronomy, music,
linguistics and international relations.
The standard required at AS and A2 is a great deal
more rigorous than at GCSE; it requires a sound
understanding of grammar and the vocabulary areas
become more complex. Good listening and speaking
skills are necessary, as is a logical mind which copes
well with learning grammar and vocabulary. At A2,
the ability to write well-structured essays and an
enjoyment of literature is an advantage.
You will be expected to take a lot more responsibility
for your progress, particularly through regular
listening and reading in Italian outside lessons. The
learning of languages is best done little and often,
hence the need for independent work to build your
vocabulary and listening and reading skills.
Virtually all the key grammar needed to speak
and write the language ﬂuently is covered in the
The topics are: Youth culture and concerns; Lifestyle
- health and ﬁtness; The world around us - travel,
tourism, environmental issues and the Italian
speaking world; Education and employment.
The grammar covered at AS is reinforced and new
grammar is introduced.
Topics include those taught at AS: Customs,
traditions, beliefs and religions; National and
international events - past, present and future;
Literature and the arts.
Pupils will also complete a researched-based essay
on an aspect of Italian culture/society, which may
include the study of a literary text, play or ﬁlm.
For ‘continuers’, at least a grade B at GCSE is
essential; a grade A or above is desirable. If a pupil
has followed a coursework-based GCSE they are not
normally recommended to take an AS in a modern
language but they are invited to discuss the matter
with the Head of Languages.
Assessment is by terminal exam with two units at AS
and two at A2 level. At AS the exams test the same
skills as above and they have equal weighting. At A2
there is another speaking exam, worth 17.5% of the
overall A level mark, and there is a combined paper
worth 32.5% of the overall mark, with a translation
from English to Italian, a language essay and a
research-based essay written under exam conditions.
ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
be payable before submitting your application.
The majority of pupils who have studied Italian for
A level have continued the subject at university.
The opportunity for top linguists with a high GCSE
grade or equivalent in French, Spanish or Latin to
start Italian as a beginner is popular and normally
leads to excellent grades.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Millfield School directly.