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Advanced Higher Italian (Course Code: C842 77)

SCQF Level 7 (32 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?

This is at the discretion of the school/college but you would normally be expected to have attained one of the following:

What will I study?

The course comprises three areas of study.

Understanding Italian

You will:

Using Italian

You will:

Specialist Study

You will:

How will I be assessed?

Course Assessment 

The course assessment consists of four components totalling 200 marks:

The performance – You will demonstrate your skills in Italian by talking about themes or topics related to the specialist study area and at least one context from Society, Learning, Employability or Culture studied in the Understanding Italian or Using Italian areas, or in preparation of the portfolio.

The portfolio – You will produce a piece of writing in English of 1,200 – 1,500 words, based on your analysis of either a piece of literature or media or language in work within the context of Italian.

The performance component is set and verified externally by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), and assessed and marked by your school or college.

Both the question papers and the assignment are set and externally marked by SQA.

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

Study Materials

SQA Past Papers Italian Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Paper (Reading and Translation) Italian Advanced Higher
SQA Specimen Paper (Listening and Discursive) Italian Advanced Higher

What can I go on to next?

Further study, training or employment in: