Edexcel 9RU0
  • The A level course will extend and deepen the topic areas taught in AS and will focus on aspects of the society, history and geography of Russia and the arts. In addition students will study two literary works.

  • The same four skills will be developed as in the AS course, though the translation from SL to TL and the writing of literary essays will be given greater emphasis. However, oral competence and listening/reading comprehension maintain their importance.

  • Each class will be taught by 2 teachers. In addition, each student will be timetabled for individual oral preparation and practice with a native speaker.

  • Experience has shown that it is difficult to cope with sixth form work in languages without an A or A* at GCSE. Students without a sure command of the grammar and structures as taught up to GCSE are very unlikely to be successful at A-Level.

  • There will be 3 units at the end of Year 13 (end of A level):

    Paper 3: Speaking

    Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

    Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

    Students will write a target language essay on two texts at A2. Speaking examination at A level is based on Independent Research (selected and carried out by the student). Russian Speaking exam at A level is conducted by internal examiners and marked externally.

  • We aim to develop awareness of various aspects of the societies in which the language is spoken, to develop study skills as a preparation for further study, the world of work or leisure and to provide an interesting course relevant to the needs of our students.

    Languages are assuming an ever-increasing importance in today’s international world and many of our students are going on to university to study a language (often alongside a new language, economics, law etc.). Others are taking a language in the Sixth Form just out of interest for the subject or with a view to possibly using it later at their place of work.

    Increasingly employers are asking for evidence of modern language skills. A recent pamphlet from Cambridge University states: “it is important both from a specific career point of view, and from a broader educational perspective, that our science graduates can communicate and are perhaps fluent in another language”.

    Language graduates are more employable than those in computing, or science, or even business studies, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. According to the University Council of Modern Languages, surveys show that one in five respondents believe they have lost business because of language skill failures, and nearly half found languages and cultural issues were a barrier to international business. The ability to communicate with foreigners in their language is a valuable tool in this increasingly interdependent, global economy – as well as for helping with holidays!