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A-level Russian Laguage



Taking a subject from studies in language and literature is a compulsory part of the IB Diploma Programme. The IB course of Russian Literature is based on significantly more extended research of literary texts than at A-level. It is close to the course of literature in the Russian National Curriculum. This study includes reading and analysis of 23 texts, writing a number of essays and giving oral presentations. Read more about IB studies in language and literature.

Qualification overview

This course takes language students from intermediate to advanced level that reflects in the structure of the assessment. A-level examinations include not only listening, speaking and reading tasks but also research-based essay and debates as well as translation of a Russian text to English and English to Russian (click to see A-Level Russian Language Specification). 

What will you learn at this level?

Reading, listening, understanding and analysing a variety of Russian media - this is the most important skill that you will enhance throughout the A-level course. Begin a fascinating journey into the world of Russian culture, literature, history and film. Learn advanced Russian vocabulary. Perfect your knowledge and use of Russian grammar. Expose yourself to curious facts through a number of sources and improve your skills of literary analysis. Become a fluent speaker of Russian.

Familiarise yourself with

Sample Assessment Materials for AS Russian Language

Sample Assessment Materials for A2 Russian Language


How can I help?

Only a small number of 6th Form colleges offer the Russian Language as an A-Level option - and yet it may be one of your best grades and thereby your ticket to a better university, particularly if you are a native or bi-lingual Russian speaker. This is the conclusion from my teaching practice.

​I have been teaching the full A-level Russian Language course for a few years and have acquired plenty of resources. teaching strategies and techniques to bring young people to succeed. My former A-level pupils are currently students of such universities as Kings College and Queen Mary's and not only in Arts and Humanities studies but also in engineering.  

How can I help? 

As an IB student, usually an advanced or native Russian speaker, you will have a college teacher of the language and literature, who would deliver the course and guide you through examinations. However, you are likely to lack the opportunities for discussion of each literary source with your tutor and receiving personalised advice on your Russian essays' style, structure and use of literary and linguistic terminology in your presentations.

As a language and literature specialist and a writer myself, I act as a literary buddy to IB and university students helping them to dive deeper into the world of philosophy and characters of the best masterpieces of Russian and European heritage as well as improving their essay style and composition skills.

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