Italian - A2

L3 Level 3
Part Time
1 September 2020 — 30 July 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

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):

Literary texts

  • 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

Course Fee: £650.00

Entry requirements

A*-B in GCSE Italian or Completion of Similar Courses.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

1 September 2020

End date

30 July 2022

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in


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