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Higher Italian (Course Code: C742 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to help you develop your reading, listening, talking and writing skills in Italian, in a variety of contexts. You will encounter a wide range of different types of texts in different media. In addition, the course also provides you with knowledge of Italy and the customs and way of life of the Italian people.

The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Understanding Italian (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Using Italian (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment (6 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of two components:

The question papers will assess your listening, reading, and writing skills in Italian. The question papers will be set and marked by SQA.

The performance has two sections; delivering a presentation in Italian, and taking part in a natural, spontaneous conversation with the teacher or lecturer in Italian. The conversation will be from one of the following contexts: society, learning, employability, or culture.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

What can I go on to next?

Successful completion of this course 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.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

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