A Level German builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. There is a focus on the language itself, as well as Germanic society and culture. Students will learn about the politics, art and social features of the German speaking world. They also study a German book and a film, becoming critics in the target language. The independent research project in Year 13 allows students to focus on a particular area of interest and then explore that topic using authentic materials.
Students will study: the changing nature of the family, the digital world, youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television, festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin, immigration, integration, racism, Germany and the European Union, politics and youth and German re-unification and its consequences. Over the two years, students will study one German text and one German film.
A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Mathematics.
Grade 5 in German
Language learning fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity. By the end of the course, students should be able to speak in German with confidence. They will be able to read magazines, newspapers, blogs and literature, drawing out key points and inferring messages. Students will also be more familiar with Germany, Austria and Switzerland, having explored the music, film and social history of other countries.
A Level German is an excellent partner to many subjects and can be combined with a wide range of disciplines at university. Language competence is highly regarded by employers and could make a CV stand out during a selection process. In our global world, the ability to understand and communicate with others is a vital skill in Business, the Service Industry, Journalism, Research and Education.