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 classes.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

This motivating course will enable you to develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the Urdu language, the culture of Pakistan and other Urdu-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. You will study four themes that address a range of social issues and trends, as well as aspects of the political and artistic culture of Pakistan and Urdu-speaking countries, one literary text and one film. We will cover topics including:
• Changing family structures
• The world of work
• Impact of tourism
• Music
• Media
• Festivals and Traditions
• Immigration and the multicultural society
• Politics
• Environmental Issues
• Literature and the arts (text and film)


This is a two year course and you will be assessed externally at the end of the second year. The assessment takes the form of:

Paper 1: Translation into English, Reading and Writing (40%)
Paper 2: Translation into Urdu and Written Response to Works (30%)
Paper 3: Listening, Reading and Writing in Urdu (30%)

Your progress will also be assessed internally on a regular basis through set pieces of homework, vocabulary, grammar tests and mock exams.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There are opportunities to go to 'Home' in Manchester during the Spanish Film Festival and other dedicated language events at local universities.

Additional Information

In higher education, Urdu can be studied on its own, in combination with another language, or with subjects such as English Literature, English Language or Media Studies, and forms an important element of many European Studies’ courses. In particular, there is a high demand for students with combined Urdu, business or international business qualifications.

Links with other subjects:
Urdu goes well with any other subjects. Many of our students study Urdu alongside Science, Maths, Humanities, Business, and English.

Future Career Opportunities

Students who have advanced Urdu language skills enter many professions such as: translating and interpreting and business related careers including: marketing, accountancy, travel and tourism, civil and diplomatic service, teaching, public administration, and media and journalism.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

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. As a student, you can expect:
• Interesting and thought-provoking topics
• Expert teaching and assessment
• Small Class Sizes
• Lively classroom discussion
• Friendly guidance
• Optional extra lessons
• Theatre and Cinema trips
• An enjoyable atmosphere