A-Level in German
5 GCSEs 9 - 4 including English
Grade 5+ in GCSE German and must be at Higher
Content relating to the subject qualification
This is a two-year programme of language study based on 3 areas of study
The course will allow you to further develop your language skills to achieve a high level of communication.
You will study contemporary German culture and society in depth by exploring the following topics in depth.
Theme 1 – Social issues and trends in German society
Theme 2 - The political and artistic culture in German speaking countries, including music, festivals and traditions and the media.
Theme 3 – Literary texts and films
The course is taught through a mixture of listening, speaking, reading and writing exercises. Both listening and reading will refer to authentic material and will aim to make you an independent linguist. The speaking and writing tasks will develop your ability to communicate and express your own thoughts and opinions.
Assessment of the qualification
A level linear exam – to be assessed at the end of Year 13
Paper 1: Examination (40% of A-level) on aspects of German society (current trends, current issues, artistic culture, political life) – Listening, Reading and Writing – 2.5 hours
Paper 2: Examination (30% of A-level), writing analytical essays on the book and film studied– Writing – 2 hours
Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A-level) including a conversation in response to a stimulus card, followed by a presentation and discussion of your Individual Research Project – 21-23 minutes
Knowing a second language is a valuable asset in any job and gives you excellent transferrable skills.
As well as broadening your opportunities and enriching all aspects of your life, there are a wide range of career paths which require specific foreign language skills in the increasingly global job market Learning a foreign language could also improve your chance of studying at a good university or of joining the Erasmus scheme and studying abroad whilst at university. A language will provide you with confidence and a strong ability to communicate.
Jobs directly related to a knowledge of German include: Tourism and travel industries and international business, Interpreter; Secondary school teacher; Translator.
Jobs where German speaking would be useful include: Broadcast journalist; Diplomatic services; English as a foreign language teacher; International aid/development worker; Logistics and distribution manager; Sales and Marketing executive; Tour manager.
We enrich the curriculum with planned visits to local universities, workshops and lectures delivered by experts, film nights, opportunities to visit Germany, and the chance to link with a German student from a partner school