Award Crest
York College


A course suitable for those who have completed the second year courses in Italian or who have a confident knowledge of the language and wish to develop their understanding and communication skills beyond purely transactional language.

Entry Requirements

No formal requirements – students should be familiar with the basics of grammar and should be able to hold a short conversation and understand basic, authentic spoken and written texts.

Dates and Times

We are hoping to run this course again soon. For more information, please contact the InfoZone on 01904 770770 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Content

If you have enjoyed and been successful on the second year courses, or if your knowledge of Italian already allows you to have a basic conversation the Advanced courses will help you to get to know people, have more detailed conversations and deal with basic authentic texts.

The course is designed to help you develop and improve the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The topics include:

  • Talking about events in the past, including about what you used to do
  • Discussing past holidays and future holiday plans
  • Train travel, camping, hotels
  • Practical solutions to problems eg car breakdown, making a complaint
  • Plans and dreams for the future
  • Discussing jobs and careers, present, past and future
  • Home environment – where you would like to live
  • Understanding basic fictional and real life stories

Along the way students will practise their listening, reading and speaking skills with some writing. The emphasis is on communication, finding out more or sharing experiences of Italian culture and enjoying learning the language.

Teaching Method(s)

There is a practical approach to the subject, involving listening to recorded material spoken by native speakers, pair and group work to practise speaking and reading graded material.

Exams and Assessments

There is no formal assessment. However the tutor will regularly monitor progress and give feedback. Students who complete the course successfully will receive a college certificate.


There is no formal qualification for this course. You will receive a College Certificate of Attendance to show you have attended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be homework?

Small, optional amounts – always a good idea to review and practise at home.

Do I need a text book?

Some classes decide collectively that they would like this. It’s always helpful to have access to online dictionaries and online language learning apps can be recommended.


Students completing Advanced 1 can progress to Advanced 2 later in the year. While this is currently our highest level course we would be keen to hear from people who would like a higher level conversation class or to embark on a formal qualification. Please register your interest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Fees

The cost of this course is £200 for each 10 week block.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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