As the second most published language in scientific journals globally, the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and one of just six official languages of the United Nations, Russian is a language that is more relevant to modern society than ever before.

A qualification in this fascinating subject allows students to stand out on any university or job application form due to its global impact both historically and today; this is the nation, after all, which was described by Winston Churchill as “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”. With a rich tradition in the sciences, from Mendeleev to recent Fields medallists in mathematics, the size of the country and its abundance of natural resources, knowing Russian is a highly desirable skill in the world of business and economics. Through our rich curriculum, we help our students to unravel some of the mysteries of Russia and the Russian language and enable them to develop their skills of communication, problem solving, organisation and independence.

Careers followed by those who study Russian include Business, Tourism, Politics, MI5 and the Security Services, Teaching as well as Translation and Interpreting, although many jobs simply desire the cognitive skills you will hone through learning a language like Russian. Numerous universities offer combined courses, which means you can study two subjects, a foreign language together with another, and a completely different subject.

Students will develop an understanding of Russian in a variety of contexts and genres. They will learn to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in Russian. They will also develop an awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the countries or communities where Russian is spoken. Students will study
the following topic areas:

  • social issues and trends
  • political, intellectual and artistic aspects of culture
  • original literature – choice of text or film in Russian
  • an independent research project

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in Russian and a good pass in English Language or English Literature at GCSE (or equivalent).

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