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 native teachers who are passionate about their subject and promote full immersion, allowing students to quickly develop their communication skills.

How is it studied?

At Oxford Tutorial College, you will find a warm atmosphere where you will feel motivated and challenged. 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.

New students in Italian will follow the new Edexcel A Level curriculum. (Only the AS exam for the new specification will take place in 2018. The first A Level exam will take place in 2019.) In the new specification, the cultural component plays an important part, so AS students must study one text or film, and A Level students must study either one text and one film, or two texts.


(The course in 2017-18 will be the last year of the legacy specification. This year, we will also prepare students who would like to take this examination.)

How is A Level Italian assessed?

A Level

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



Paper Modules Weighting Format
1 Listening, reading and translation 40% Written exam: 1 h. 45 min.
2 Written response to works and translation 30% Written exam: 1 h. 40 min
3 Speaking 30% Oral exam: 15 minutes prep, plus 12-15 minute exam


Exam Board: Edexcel

What do I need?

Italian A Level builds on the knowledge and skills gained at GCSE. You will need 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?

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

What can I do with Italian A Level?

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 an A Level in Italian in one year?

It is possible, but you should be aware that will be very challenging and you will require a good level of Italian when starting. In addition to assessments, you will probably need to add extra lessons to your tuition.

Do I need a GCSE in Italian?

This is not a requirement, but you will need to have at least an Intermediate level of Italian.