What is GCSE Italian?
GCSE Italian is an intensive nine month language course leading to a GCSE qualification in either two skills or four skills.
Why study GCSE Italian?
If you are an able linguist hoping to add to your repertoire of languages or a vocational course student seeking a linguistic qualification, you may well wish to consider starting a course in Italian.
What makes a successful GCSE Italian student?
Enthusiasm, the desire to communicate in Italian and the desire to learn about the Italian way of life.
To study this course, what qualifications will I need and in which subjects?
A GCSE in another language at Grade C or above would be useful, but is not essential.
What is the structure of the course?
The primary focus is on enjoying the language. You will also be given the opportunity to achieve a GCSE in either two or four skills.
Paper 1 – Listening worth 20% of overall examination = 35 minutes
Paper 2 – Speaking worth 30% overall – two internal assessments
Paper 3 – Reading worth 20% of overall examination = 50 minutes
Paper 4 – Writing worth 30% overall – two internal assessments
What opportunities are there for me to study beyond the classroom?
There are plenty of Italian DVDs and CDs available for private study and we can also recommend some good websites. Our course book Amici is excellent for independent study.
What kind of career does this qualification prepare me for?
Languages are useful in a wide range of careers, for example in Manufacturing, Business, Education and Tourism. Italian students have the choice of pursuing all four skills at GCSE examination level or combining listening and speaking or reading and writing