What does the course involve?

In this A Level course you will develop accuracy in written and spoken Italian and learn about Italian society, culture and recent history. You will also study a film and a novel in Italian. An additional language is always respected by universities and employers, who appreciate that this is a challenging course and value your commitment to it.

Course Outline

Aspects of Italian society, culture and history that we study include:

  • L’evoluzione della famiglia italiana – The evolution of the Italian family
  • L’istruzione – Education
  • Il mondo del lavoro – The world of work
  • La musica – Music
  • I Media – Media
  • Il patrimonio culturale – Cultural heritage
  • L’impatto positivo dell’immigrazione in Italia – The positive impact of immigration in Italy
  • I problemi della migrazione in Italia – Migration problems in Italy
  • Il divario Nord/Sud – The North/South divide
  • L’ascesa di Mussolini al potere – Mussolini’s rise to power
  • Il Fascismo durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale – Fascism during the Second World War
  • Dalla dittatura alla democrazia – From dictatorship to democracy

We also study an Italian film and a novel.


Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills will all be examined. The writing sections include translation skills and essay writing.


There is no coursework element to this course. Everything is examined in the three end-of-course exams. However, the speaking test includes examination of a culturally appropriate topic, chosen and prepared by the students during their second year.

Exam Board

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths and English, with at least two at grade 6. A grade 7 in GCSE Italian is preferred, or native speakers can take a written assessment in college to give evidence of their level, as we recognise that GCSE Italian is not widely available.


Speakers of Modern Languages bring with them many transferable skills as well as cultural awareness, and are highly valued by employers in jobs such as international sales and marketing, business, journalism, teaching, the tourist industry, translation & interpreting, and the Diplomatic Service. An additional language is always respected by universities and employers, who appreciate that this is a challenging course and value your commitment to it.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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