About this course
The Italian A Level programme is a two-year course of study and is suitable for students wishing to further their existing knowledge of Italian, developing all four skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing. This course will provide an insight into the cultural aspects of Italian speaking countries, as well as providing opportunities for students to explore contemporary issues. In addition, learners will have access to a range of multi-media and IT resources, and there will be a chance to develop oral skills with native Italian speakers.
What you will study
You will develop your language skills through the study of 4 Themes and 2 works.
This course comprises of the following topic areas over 2 years.
Societal Changes in Italy
This includes: the evolution of the Italian family, education and the world of work
Political and Artistic culture in Italian speaking nations
This includes: The impact on popular culture of music, freedom of expression in the media and the cultural heritage of Italy
Italy: A society in evolution
This includes: Migration (immigration and emigration), the North-South divide
From Fascism to now
This includes: The ascent of Mussolini to power, Fascism during the Second World War and the journey from dictatorship to democracy.
The 2 works will be chosen from the following (must included at least one literary text):
- Il giorno della civetta, Leonardo Sciascia, 1961 (novel)
- Io non ho paura, Niccolò Ammaniti, 2001 (novel)
- Jack Frusciante è uscito dal gruppo, Enrico Brizzi, 1994 (novel)
- Lessico famigliare, Natalia Ginzburg, 1963 (novel)
- Marcovaldo, Italo Calvino, 1963 (short stories)
- Sei personaggi in cerca d'autore, Luigi Pirandello, 1921 (play)
- Senza sangue, Alessandro Baricco, 2002 (novel)
- Volevo i pantaloni, Lara Cardella, 1989 (novel)
- I cento passi, dir. Marco Tullio Giordana (2000)
- Il Postino, dir. Michael Radford (1994)
- La grande bellezza, dir. Paolo Sorrentino (2013
- La vita è bella, dir. Roberto Benigni (1997)
- Nuovo cinema paradiso, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)
- Va’ dove ti porta il cuore, dir. Cristina Comencini (1996)
This programme is assessed by examination covering the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will sit two written exams; Paper 1 (Listening, Reading and Translation) 40%; and Paper 2 (Written response to works and translation) 30%. There will also be an internally conducted but externally assessed Speaking assessment 30%.
Course fee per year
Exam Fee: £60.00
Part-time enrolment fee: £30.00
Course Fee: £235.00
A*-B in GCSE Italian or Completion of Similar Courses.
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
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