Edexcel 8RU0
  • The AS course will cover a wide range of contemporary issues, such as social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political, intellectual and artistic culture of Russia and Russian-speaking world. There is the opportunity to visit Russia (Moscow and Saint Petersburg) and to work with foreign language assistants.

  • Students will develop their levels of communication and linguistic competence in the four skills of reading, listening, translation/writing and speaking. Students will write a target language essay on one literary text.

  • No, (except for the choice of the sub-Theme in Task 2 of the Speaking exam)

  • Each class will be taught by 2 teachers. In addition, each student will be timetabled for individual oral-topic 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 are 3 units at the end of Year 12 (end of AS course):

    Paper 3: Speaking;

    Paper 2: Written response to works and translation

    Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation; Russian Speaking exam at AS 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!