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. You will develop not only your level of German to an advanced standard, but also your
knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of German 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 and a short novel.
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
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.
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.