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Aims and Outcomes

Current Specification

A-level Polish helps students develop confident, effective reading and writing skills in Polish. It develops an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken. This two-unit specification requires students to develop their ability to read and write in Polish with accurate grammar for a range of purposes and to understand written Polish in a variety of contexts and genres.

Unit 1 - AS

Reading and Writing

  • 100% of AS, 50% of A Level
  • 2 hour 30 minutes written examination
  • 100 marks
  • Written paper consisting of reading comprehension, translation into English and writing in Polish

Unit 2 - A2

Reading and Writing

  • 50% of A Level
  • 3 hour written examination
  • 100 marks
  • Written paper consisting of reading comprehension, translation into Polish and two essays on topics or texts in Polish.
  • AS + A2 = A Level

New Specification – examinations from 2020

Students will study highlights of Polish artistic culture, including music and cinema, and learn about Polish politics including political engagement amongst the young. Students also explore the influence of the past on present day Poland. Throughout their studies, they will learn the language in the context of Poland and learn about the issues and influences which have shaped the country. Students will study texts and film and have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Paper 1 - Reading and writing 

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 85 marks
  • 42.5% of A-level

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Translation into English: a passage of minimum 100 words. Individual research project: reading and responding in writing to an unseen question based on a target language source on one of the research topics published in the specification.

Paper 2 – Writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A-level

Either one question in Polish on a set text from a choice of 2 questions and one question in Polish on a set film from a choice of 2 questions or two questions in Polish on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.

Paper 3: Listening, reading and writing

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 75 marks
  • 37.5% of A-level

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. 

Translation into Polish: a passage of minimum 100 words.

Why choose to study at St Mary’s?

We have an excellent reputation for the support and tuition we offer EAL students. OfSTED [2010] commented on how well EAL students we catered for at our College. Our EAL students make excellent progress, they frequently exceeding national expectations. We have a very diverse school population and have experience in working with students from all over the world.