Head of Department: Dr Liddy Reeves-Croft

Russian is an unusual and impressive subject to have on your university application form and CV. Russia is the largest country on the planet and in the post-Soviet era it continues to have undeniable importance both politically and economically.

Learning a modern foreign language is a key skill and Russian stimulates students in a unique way due to its alphabet – it’s like learning a secret code! Russian presents students with an enjoyable challenge in terms of its grammar and vocabulary, but it also offers an opportunity to learn about Russia’s rich and varied cultural heritage.

What do you do in Russian?

You will take familiar topics from GCSE and build on them during Year 12. You will widen your range of abstract vocabulary and begin to encounter authentic Russian texts in order to develop the ability to read for meaning in a foreign language. You will practise your oral skills in pairs in your weekly lesson with the Russian conversationalist. You will develop your translation skills, both into Russian and into English, and begin to write essays on cultural topics. You will spend a considerable amount of time examining and practising new grammatical structures.

A Level students tackle topics such as Russian history, politics and culture, examining the country’s turbulent past as well as its intriguing present. The new A Level requires an in-depth knowledge of Russian society and culture and you will be expected to have an interest in political and cultural aspects of Russian-speaking society. During the course, you will study the Oscar nominated film ‘Leviathan’ (2014) and Chekhov’s famous play ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (1904). You will also choose an independent research topic for your oral exam which reflects your personal interests.

Students can take part in the exchange with our partner school in Russia, the Novgorod Lycee; this is a unique opportunity for students to experience real Russian life and also improve their spoken Russian before their A Level oral exam.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Russian achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Russian – % A*- B = 100%