Who is it for?
Any student who is interested in the German speaking world, its culture, its language, its people, its life, and who would like to achieve a much higher level of fluency.
In addition to the general entrance requirements for advanced level study, it is essential that students have taken the higher tier reading and listening in GCSE German. It is highly desirable for students to achieve a grade 5 at GCSE with, ideally, a grade 6 in their writing exam. Students who achieve a lower grade at GCSE will need to discuss their application to study German at A level with their languages teacher, or, for students joining the sixth form from other schools, with the Head of Department.
Fluency in a foreign language is undoubtedly a tremendous asset and one which employers from all sectors highly value in prospective employees. As a result, the German A Level course places a great emphasis on oral work and there is plenty of opportunity to talk about all aspects of life and culture in German speaking countries. You will be introduced to a wide range of topics taken from authentic materials and you will learn about the issues which concern young people in Germany today (see below for topic areas). In addition, you will study up to two German films in detail and two German literary texts. You will also follow an advanced grammar course to improve accuracy and fluency. An active approach is key to success in German A Level. Students are encouraged to take part in the exchange or sixth form trip to Germany as well as participate in many extracurricular opportunities.
In addition to lesson time, students will be expected to complete 4/5 hours’ homework per week plus at least 2 hours independent learning (reading, listening, vocabulary learning, grammar practice, accessing news and videos online etc).
Paper 1: Listening, Reading, Writing: 50% of A-level
2hr 30 min exam paper
Includes translation into English and translation into German of approximately 100 words.
Paper 2: Writing: 20 % of A-level
Essay on either one text + one film, or two questions on texts.
Choice of 2 questions.
Approximately 300 words per essay
Paper 3: Speaking exam: 30% of A-level
5-6 min discussion of one of the A-level sub themes based on a stimulus card
Individual research project: presentation (2 mins) & discussion (9-10 mins)
Aspects of German speaking society:
- The changing state of the family,
- the digital world,
- Youth Culture
Artistic culture in the German speaking world:
- Festivals and traditions,
- Art and Architecture,
- Cultural life in Berlin
Multiculturalism in German speaking society:
Aspects of political life in the German speaking world:
- Germany and the European Union,
- Politics and Youth,
- German re-unification and its consequences
A good dictionary (eg Collins) could be advantageous; however, with online resources such as wordreference.com, it is no longer a prerequisite.
Participation in any German sixth form trips (e.g. our exchange to Hamburg) is an invaluable experience proven to help students gain in confidence and speaking ability.
In today’s global society, all professions place value on an employee showing competence in a foreign language. The business sector, the government, politics and public sector, law and human rights, charity organisations, teaching, journalism, tourism and the media industry are all recognised as career possibilities where knowledge of a foreign language would be highly useful.
For further information contact:
Mrs L Kaler (Head of Modern Foreign Languages)
Mrs G Whiteway or Mrs S Wright (Joint Heads of German)