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National 5 Italian (Course Code: C842 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Italian?

Learning a new language allows you to connect with different people and their cultures. You think, communicate and create ideas through language.

Italian is rich in history and culture, as well as being a beautiful language to listen to, and speak. It is spoken in Switzerland, San Marino and parts of Croatia and Slovenia, as well as Italy itself.

Italy is a major economy in the world, and the seventh largest global market for British exports. So, there are plenty of opportunities to use Italian in a wide range of industries and organisations. It is one of the top five business languages currently in demand in the UK.

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in reading, listening, talking and writing in Italian, which are essential for learning, work and life. You will also learn to understand how language works and how to communicate information and ideas.

You will study a wide range of various types of texts in a variety media. You will also learn to think critically, creatively and develop cultural awareness.

The course comprises three areas of study.

Reading and Writing; Listening

You will develop:

Assignment – Writing

You will develop:

Performance – Talking

You will develop:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has five components totalling 120 marks:

For the performance component, you will be asked to deliver a spoken presentation and take part in a conversation in Italian in one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability or culture. Your performance will be set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and marked internally by an SQA assessor.

The question papers will be set and marked externally by the SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.  

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.