Urdu A Level

Course Description

If you are interested in building on your success at GCSE and developing your ability to communicate in one of the world’s most widely spoken languages then Urdu may well be the language for you. Our aim is to help you to succeed and become more confident speaking the language. We offer full use of modern facilities and access to local language events. You will also have the opportunity to practice your skills with a native Urdu speaking teacher in small close knit classes.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade A/A*/7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade B/6 and three GCSEs at grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

During the course you will learn to develop your understanding of spoken and written Urdu and improve the accuracy and complexity of Urdu text and its interpretation. You will develop critical insight into the contemporary society of the South Asian Subcontinent. The majority of the lessons are in Urdu and range over the topics below:

First year
• Youth culture and concerns
• Music and fashion, Relationships,

Communication technology
• Lifestyle
• Health and Fitness, Sports/Exercise, Food/ Diet
• Health issues
• The world around us
• Travel/ Tourism, Environmental Issues, The Urdu speaking World
• Education and Employment
• The world of work, Student issues, Schooling/higher education Second year
• National and International events
• Customs, traditions, beliefs and religions
• Literature and the arts.


The Edexcel (examination board) divides the assessment into four units:
Year one Unit 1 Speaking 15% (8-10 minutes)
Year one Unit 2 Listening, Reading and Writing 35% (2hrs 30 mins)
Year two Unit 3 Speaking 17.5% (11-13minutes)
Year two Unit 4 Writing 32.5% (2hrs 30 mins)
Your progress will also be assessed on a regular basis through set pieces of homework as well as vocabulary and grammar tests.

Future Career Opportunities

Students who have advanced Urdu language skills are highly sought after and enter many professions including:
• Translating and interpreting
• Business related careers including marketing
• Accountancy
• Travel and tourism
• Civil and Diplomatic service
• Teaching
• Public administration
• The Media and Journalism

Why Study at BSFC?

There are few schools in Bolton which offer Urdu beyond GCSE. Fewer still are able to match the breadth and depth of both knowledge and resources that we offer here. Your oral examiner in both examinations will be your Urdu Teacher not an external examiner. A Level Urdu is accepted by universities and employers as proof of linguistic ability and understanding. Successful language students gain lifelong skills, including:
• The ability to communicate confidently and clearly in Urdu
• A sound understanding of the nature of language and language study, and of the skills and abilities required for further study and leisure
• Insight into the culture and contemporary society of countries where the language is spoken
• Better integration into communities where the language is spoken
Positive attitudes towards language learning and the speakers of other languages, and towards other cultures and societies
Skills which can be used in other areas of learning, such as analysis and memory skills.