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

How is it studied?

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.

New students in Russian will follow the new Edexcel A Level curriculum. 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.

Only the AS Level exam for the new specification will take place in 2018. The first A2 Level exam will take place in 2019.


The course in 2017-18 will be the last year of the old specification. We will also prepare students who would like to take this examination.

How is A Level Russian 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 to study it?

You should have a good grade in GCSE Russian or previous knowledge of the language, as well as an interest in Russian history and/or culture. You will require a logical and systematic way of thinking to approach grammar and vocabulary acquisition.

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 Russian A Level?

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?

It is possible to study A Level Russian in one year, but you should be aware that will be very challenging and you will require an advanced level of Russian. In addition to assessments, you will need to work every day and probably add extra lessons to your tuition, since the new specifications include literature.

Do I need a GCSE in Russian?

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