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A-level Russian Laguage

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)



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.

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 many sources and improve your skills in literary analysis. Become a fluent speaker of Russian.

Familiarise yourself with

Sample Assessment Materials for AS the 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?

Language A, Higher Level 

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 school teacher and receive 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.

Language A, Standard Level  

Many schools that offer the IB Diploma Programme do not have a teacher of Russian language and literature. Then, you may choose to become a school-supported self-taught (SSST) student of Russian Literature.

The complexity of SSST course does not differ from the Higher Level significantly: you will have to study the same amount of texts and take the same examinations, and therefore, you will need the same essay writing and literary analysis skills as if you were taught for the Higher Level at your school. This is why many schools require you to hire an external subject-specialist tutor with whom they prefer to keep in touch asking to mark SSST students' mock exams, assess their progress, or give predicted grades.


I have been acting as a Language A SL tutor, i.e. teaching the full Russian Literature course in the online mode, for the last four years. I have worked with schools - providers of IB Diploma Programme based in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. 


In addition to a structured teaching approach, I have developed and collected a significant amount of resources that prove useful in building the skills of SSST students of Russian Literature and facilitating their success. 

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