What does the course involve?

Year 12 Topics Year 13 Topics
 Social issues and trends - Aspects of German-speaking society
  • Familie im Wandel
  • Die digitale Welt
  • Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen
Political and artistic culture - Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
  • Feste und Traditionen
  • Kunst und Architektur
  • Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute
Social issues and trends - Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
  • Einwanderung
  • Integration
  • Rassismus
Political and artistic culture - Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world
  • Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union
  • Die Politik und die Jugend
  • Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen

We will also study a film in Year 12 and a literary text in Year 13. Students will also undertake an Individual Research Project in Year 13, which will form a large part of their oral exam.

How will you learn?
The German A Level builds on some of the topics explored at GCSE and gives them more depth and breadth. We look at the various topics from different angles and learn how to express our thoughts about them in German. In doing so, we learn a lot about the culture, history and traditions of German-speaking countries. A development of grammatical knowledge throughout the course will enable students to express themselves more accurately, fluently and with more complexity. Please also speak to a member of the German department the school’s Open Evening.

What exams and coursework are involved?

The AS Level exam comprises The A Level exam comprises
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Paper 2: Writing Exam
Paper 3: Speaking Exam
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Paper 2: Writing Exam
Paper 3: Speaking Exam

What are the entry requirements?
Grade 6 in German.

What could you do after completing the course?
You will have the skills required to study German further or to study any other language. German can be combined with lots of other subjects at degree level and you can also start a new language from scratch. It would be directly relevant to a wide range of careers – translating, bilingual secretarial work, civil service, travel & tourism, journalism, teaching and international business and law, and accountancy. The need for a skill combined with the ability to speak a language is increasingly in demand in many types of employment. Britain is desperately short of well qualified graduates with language skills. Employment opportunities for those who study languages, even when combined with something else, are very good.

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