Russian A Level
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
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.
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%