What is Russian?

Russian is the largest native language in Europe and the seventh largest in the world by total number of speakers. Students who choose A-Level Russian will have the opportunity not only to develop their linguistic capabilities, but to immerse themselves in Russian culture, politics and society. Russian also complements other areas of study, such as history of Russia’s main events.

All our courses in Russian 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 Russian is taught within the two-year programme for students for whom Russian is not a first language.

Throughout their studies, students will learn the Russian language, paying attention to social, political, artistic and cultural aspects of Russia and Russian-speaking countries. 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 Russian is taught in the form of a short ‘Exam Entry Plus’ course for students for whom Russian  is their first language.


How is A-Level Russian 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 to study it?

If Russian is not your first language you will need GCSE Russian (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

What should I study with Russian?

Russian combines well with other languages, English Language, and English Literature. It will also provide an excellent skill for students who are considering any type of international career.

What can I do with A-Level Russian?

Students will find that career prospects are enhanced by the possession of one or more foreign languages. Russian also provides a skill that students will take with them beyond A-Levels and university: it will open you up to a different culture and provide you with a range of new opportunities and experiences.

Questions about the course

Can I study an A-Level in Russian in one year?

If Russian is not your first language and you are an A-Level Russian retake student, yes.

Russian is my first language, do I need to have A-Level Russian 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.