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Italian A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

An intensive, stimulating course, the A-level demands a high level of commitment which is in turn rewarded by an increasing level of competence in communication through the foreign language. By the end of this course students should be able to read a newspaper in the language, follow a television programme, converse with a native speaker and express their considered point of view on a range of topics.

Course content

There are seven topic areas for students to explore, four at AS and an additional three at A2.

Topics studied at AS level are:

1. youth culture and concerns,

2. lifestyle, health and fitness,

3. travel, tourism and environmental issues

4. education and employment.


A2, students explore the same topics, plus

1. literature and the arts,

2. national and international events and

3. customs, traditions, beliefs and religions.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE or their equivalent. It is expected that the language[s] studied at GCSE will be the language[s] continued post-16. A-C grade must have been achieved at GCSE. Special consideration is given to native speakers.



Unit 1: (= 30%) Speaking Test

Unit 2: (= 70%) Listening, Reading and Writing


Unit 3: (= 35%) Speaking Test

Unit 4: (= 65%) Translation, Essay, Research based essay

Future opportunities

The ‘obvious’ jobs which use languages are interpreter, translator and teacher. What else though? “With the globalisation of industry and commerce, (language students) with a good command of modern languages are sought after for numerous roles in a variety of sectors,” says Margaret Holbrough, Careers Adviser at Graduate Prospects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

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