Italian - GCSE

L2 Level 2
Part Time
31 August 2021 — 10 June 2022
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

This Italian GCSE is a course for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of Italian society, language and culture. It also aims to develop overall competence, communication skills and grammatical knowledge in Italian and act as preparation for anyone wanting to continue their studies at A-level. However, above all, the course is for anyone who loves Italy and the Italian language. 

Although the course is suitable for beginners, some knowledge of Italian is recommended.

What you will study

The syllabus consists of four papers, divided into two levels - Foundation (equal to grades 1-5) and Higher (4-9).  The grading is based upon the new GCSE in England, since GCSE Italian is not offered by the Welsh Exam Board. 

The papers are:

Paper 1 - Listening (25%), Written examination.
Paper 2 - Speaking (25%), Internally conducted and externally assessed.
Paper 3 - Reading (25%), Written examination.
Paper 4 - Writing (25%), Written examination.

The papers cover the following topic areas:

1. Identity and culture.
2. Local area, holiday, travel.
3. School.
4. Future aspirations, study and work.
5. International and global dimension.

The main textbook will be Contatti by Checketts and Freeth and published by Hodder and Stoughton. 

There is free access to computers in the Learning Resource Centre.

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £35.00

Course Fee: £375.00

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for adult learners. Full-time students should have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at Grade D.

Course times

17:45 - 20:45 Wednesday

Teaching and assessment

  • Written exams and assessment

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
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  • 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

31 August 2021

End date

10 June 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 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Italian

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City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE