Course Description

This is an ideal course if you have enjoyed your study of GCSE Urdu or can already speak the language and want to further your skills and increase your employability. You will be able to improve your communicative ability and also learn through problem solving and teamwork.

Entry Requirements

Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5.

Features of the Course

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, world of work, impact of tourism, music, media, festivals and traditions, immigration and the multi-cultural 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 is also assessed internally on a regular basis through set pieces of homework, vocabulary, grammar tests and mock exams.

Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Enrichment and Work Experience

There are opportunities to go to Home in Manchester during the Urdu 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

This course links well with other subjects including: English, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Future Career Opportunities

Language qualifications are viewed favourably by employers and are required by an increasing number of companies. Our students have successfully gained university places where they have progressed to study courses ranging from dual language degrees to economics, international law and travel and tourism.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

There are few colleges 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.

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
• To pass with a high grade!