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Italian AS/A2 Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Millfield School

Course description

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.


Course content


Virtually all the key grammar needed to speak

and write the language fluently is covered in the

AS course.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Financial information

ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will
 be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 15 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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      ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.