What is Italian?

Italian remains the fifth most-widely taught language in the world. A-Level Italian will give you the opportunity not only to develop your linguistic capabilities, but to immerse yourself in Italian culture and society. During the AS and A-Level courses in Italian, you will explore social issues and trends as well as the rich artistic life of Italy. You will also develop research skills, critical thinking and creativity.

All our courses in Italian are taught in the target language by experienced teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

Edexcel A-Level Italian is taught within the two-year programme for students for whom Italian is not a first language.

Throughout their studies, students will learn the Italian language, paying attention to the social issues and artistic life of Italy. To succeed in their exams, students will need to be exposed to the language at all times, and to engage in a wide variety of activities aimed at the development of skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. The cultural component plays an important part, so A Level students must study either one text and one film, or two texts.

Edexcel A-Level Italian is taught in the form of a short ‘Exam Entry Plus’ course for students for whom Italian is their first language.

How is A-Level Italian assessed?

Exam board: Edexcel

Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and translation 40% Written exam: 2 hours
2 Written response to works and translation 30% Written exam: 2 and 40 minutes
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 5 minutes prep, plus 16-18 minute exam


What do I need?

A-Level Italian builds on the knowledge and skills gained at GCSE. You will need a minimum of grade C for GCSE Italian (or equivalent); a passion for communication and an openness to other cultures, as well as a logical and systematic way of thinking to approach grammar and vocabulary acquisition. We have experience in working with a variety of students and we are committed to supporting every individual student in gaining these skills.

What should I study with Italian?

A-Level Italian, as any other Modern Foreign Language, combines well with other languages, business related subjects as well as complementing History of Art and Classical Civilisation. It will also provide an excellent skill for students who are considering international careers.

What can I do with A-Level Italian?

Italian can be studied jointly with many other degree options, and some degree courses offer the opportunity of a year abroad to develop linguistic skills. Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages. In addition, Italian, as with any other language, will provide you with an array of new opportunities and an understanding of another culture.

Questions about the course

Can I study A-Level Italian in one year?

If you are an Edexcel A-level Italian retake student, yes you can.

Do I need GCSE Italian to be able to study A-Level Italian?

If Italian is not your first language, GCSE Italian at a minimum of grade C (or a GCSE grade C equivalent qualification) is required.

Italian is my first language, do I need to have A-Level Italian lessons for two-years?

No. The College offers an ‘Exam Entry Plus’ programme that introduces you to the specification requirements and then delivers preparatory lessons in the five weeks preceding the A-level examinations.