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Over the two years, the following Themes will be covered:

  1. Changes in Italian Society
  2. Political and artistic culture in Italy and Italian speaking countries and communities.
  3. Italy: A society in evolution
  4. From Fascism to the present day

The exam will be take place at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 Listening, reading and translation (40%)

Paper 2 Written response to a literary work, a film and translation (30%)

Paper 3 Speaking (30%)



Authentic foreign language materials are used to practise the Reading and Listening skills. Aspects of contemporary society, culture and the heritage of Italy are also studied, including issues relating to spirituality, morality, ethics, health, immigration, Italian society and Europe.


Italian A Level allows students to become effective communicators, to speak and write Italian for a range of different situations and purposes and express facts, ideas, opinions and information fluently in Italian. Students will also develop skills associated with an independent research project as part of the speaking exam.

Who is this course suitable for?

This course is suitable if you:

  • Enjoy language learning
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures
  • Want to communicate with speakers of a foreign language
  • Want to use a language for further study (e.g. at university)
  • Want to work abroad
  • Want to work for companies with international links
  • Want to develop opinions about current issues (e.g. climate change, immigration)
  • Have a good memory and a logical mind.


There will be opportunities where development of language skills and knowledge of contemporary society could be further explored.  Some students choose to do degree courses in languages; others choose to pursue a higher education course in another subject combined with a language option.  An A Level in Italian can lead to a career in translating and interpreting, the diplomatic and civil services, HM forces, the law, teaching and academic research, marketing, journalism, retail, librarianship and archives, bilingual secretarial work, travel and tourism, international trade and public relations to name but a few!


Effective oral and written communication skills – in two (or more) languages

Adaptability: understanding cultural differences

Maturity and independence (the Year Abroad)

Good learning strategies

Team-working / responsibility / initiative

Adaptability, understanding of different cultures

Organisational skills

Presentation skills

Debating skills