What Will I Study?
The four themes of this two year course address a range of content related to society past and present, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of Pakistan and areas of India where Urdu is an official language.
Themes 1, 3 and 4 focus on aspects of the society amend politics of Pakistan only. Theme 2 focuses on political and artistic culture in Urdu speaking world, ie. Pakistan and areas of India where Urdu is an official language. Each theme is broken into two sub-themes and a research subject. Each sub-theme and research subject is divided into a series of aspects.
Students are required to select only one research subject for Paper 1 and must cover all three aspects of the research subject. Students must base their research on only one country/area. For Themes 1, 3 and 4 students must focus on Pakistan only, for Theme 2, students must focus on either Pakistan or one of the areas of India where Urdu is an official language.
How Will I Be Assessed?
The Pearson Edexcel Advanced GCE in Urdu consists of three externally examined papers that assess listening, reading, and writing skills. These assessments will be set and marked by Pearson. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year.
- Paper 1: Translation into English, reading comprehension and writing (research question) in Urdu
- Paper 2: Translation into Urdu and written response to works Paper 3: Listening, reading and writing in Urdu
What Could I Do Next?
There are a range of higher education opportunities for language degrees, either on their own or combined with other subjects such as business, law, medicine and tourism. There is also the opportunity for a year abroad in many degree subjects if you have a language Advanced Level.
All students studying this language will have the opportunity to be involved with the annual MACFEST Festival and speak in front of prestigious individuals and other schools.
Subject Specific Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in GCSE Urdu.
Where Can I Get More Information?
Contact Ms L. Van Hoof, Head of the World Languages Faculty.