The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE, with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. During the course you will explore a wide range of exciting aspects that will help you develop not only your level of German to an advanced standard but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of Germany and other German speaking countries.
The course will cover themes such as:
(i) Social issues and trends in Germany and any other German speaking country – the changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture, multiculturalism.
(ii) Political and artistic culture in Germany and any other German speaking countries – festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin, German re-unification.
Additionally, the course also gives you the opportunity to learn more about Germany through the study of the one film (Das Leben der Anderen) and a short play (Andorra).
Grammar will be an important part of your German studies throughout the whole A level course as you will be able to understand and use the language in a more confident and successful manner as a result.
An exchange/ study trip to Germany is offered to both first and second year students. The study trip/exchange is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience German culture and life.
Around £325 for the residential trip/exchange.
Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.
Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation (50% of A level grade)
Paper 2 – Writing (20% of the grade)
Paper 3 – Speaking (30% of the grade)
Grade 6 GCSE German.
Applicants with a grade 5, with a proven aptitude in the language, will require an interview with a language teacher.
Languages support virtually every other choice of subjects, particularly English Language or Literature, the humanities and social sciences and business.
German students regularly go into highly competitive areas such as law, business, management, consultancy, accountancy, international press agencies, the media, the Foreign Office, the performing arts and many others.
Some students also pursue careers that make special use of their language skills – in travel and tourism, teaching, translating/interpreting.
Check out our Culture Vulture link to see what takes your interest.
Click the link and have a go at our 10-week learning plan to get you off to the best start.
Follow the link to see an introduction to the course, identifying what you will study with us in the first few months and what you might already know.