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Italian at Ryde Academy

Course description

AS and A2 Italian course allows you to aim for a wider range of career possibilities focusing on interesting and varied subjects to study and giving you a broad range of knowledge and skills.  A level Italian is built upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts – at home, abroad, with friends or in the workplace.  The emphasis of the A level Italian course is on improving communication through different means as well as being able to use it in a variety of situations, developing your key skill areas and most importantly to encourage you to fall in love with the Italian culture, to gain a deeper understanding of Italian history , literature, society and lifestyle.

The aim of the Italian A Level course is to help you to develop an interest in speaking a foreign language, to gain awareness of the need to speak foreign languages, to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

Course content

AS

Unit 1 Spoken Expression and Response in Italian

Students must choose one of the following general topic areas:

  • Youth Culture and Concern
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: travel, tourism.
  • Environmental issues and the Italian speaking world
  • Education and employment

Speaking test – 30 minutes including 20 minute preparation time.  50 marks, 30% of A level

Unit 2 Understanding and Written Response in Italian

The area draws upon five general topic areas:

  • Youth Culture and Concern
  • Lifestyle: health and fitness
  • The world around us: travel, tourism.
  • Environmental issues and the Italian speaking world
  • Education and employment

Written paper – 2 hours and 30 minutes. 70 marks. 70% of AS, 35% of A level.

A2

Unit 3 Understanding and Spoken Response in Italian

Students will be expected to interact effectively with the teacher, defend their views and sustain discussion as the teacher moves the conversation away from their chosen issue.

Speaking test – between 11 and 13 minutes.  50 marks, 30% of A2

Unit 4 Research, Understanding and Written Response in Italian

  • Youth culture and concerns
  • Lifestyle; health and fitness
  • The world around us; travel, tourism, environmental issues and the Italian speaking world
  • Education and employment
  • Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
  • National and international events: past, present and future
  • Literature and the arts

A short written translation exercise.  An Italian language essay. A research-based essay in Italian.  70 marks, 70% of A2

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE including at least a grade B in GCSE Italian

Assessment

100% exam (written response, understanding and spoken expression)

Future opportunities

Careers in Business, both international and in this country, Leisure and Tourism, Translation and Interpreting , Television, Media, Fashion, Theatre, Journalism, International relations, Diplomatic Service, Law, teaching and Lecturing can be pursued.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016
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