The content of A-Level German is both stimulating and relevant in today’s society. This is a course which allows you to master the German language whilst teaching you about the culture of German-speaking countries.
The course will enable you to develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding of the culture of societies where German is spoken. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Classroom activities and assessment tasks will be engaging and will fully develop your listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation skills. As group sizes are small you will benefit from individual help and support throughout the course.
Further Information about our courses including results
The staff teaching A-Level German are very experienced in delivering this course and have been teaching the course for over ten years. Previous students have achieved fantastic examination results in A-Level German and have found the course to be incredibly engaging.
Group sizes for A-Level German are traditionally small meaning that you have access to very personalised teaching with lots of individual support. This is perfect for developing both your confidence and ability in the subject.
Course Content and Teaching Units
Over the two-year course you will study the following topics:
Aspects of German speaking society
• The changing state of the family
• The digital world
• Youth culture: fashion and trends, music and television
Artistic culture in the German speaking world
• Festivals and traditions
• Art and architecture
• Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
Multiculturalism in German speaking society
Aspects of political life in the German speaking world
• Germany and the European Union
• Politics and youth
• German reunification and its consequences
Film: TBC. Could be Goodbye Lenin, by Wolfgang Becker
Goodbye Lenin is a comedy set in Berlin and tells the story of the Kerner family during the fall of the Berlin wall. This film gives an amusing and touching insight into life in Germany as East Germany comes to an end.
Novel: TBC. Could be Der Vorleser, by Bernhard Schlink. One of the most controversial novels in modern German literature, as this book tells the story of the relationship between a 15 year old boy and a 36 year old woman. It simultaneously gives you an insight into the struggles that the post-war generation faces in dealing with Germany’s past.
Trips, visits and extra-curricular
We have previously planned A-Level trips to Cologne and Berlin so that you are able to experience first-hand German life and a city that you will be studying for the topics in paper 1 and for the film. Berlin is an incredible city with a fascinating culture and history.
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes)
There are 100 marks available and the paper is worth 50% of the A-Level mark.
• Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources (you have an individual computer and you have control of the recording).
• Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from authentic sources.
• Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words.
• Translation into French; a passage of minimum 100 words.
Paper 2: Writing (2 hours)Paper 2: Writing (2 hours)
There are 80 marks available and this counts for 20% of the A-Level mark.
• One essay on the film La Haine (choice of two questions).
• One essay on the book Un Sac de Billes (choice of two questions).
Paper 3: Speaking (21-23 minutes including 5 minutes of preparation time). There are 60 marks available, and the paper is worth 30% of the overall A-Level mark.
• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5 – 6 minutes). You study the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test.
• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9 – 10 minutes) of your Individual Research Project.
An A-Level in German is highly valued by universities and employers as it is known to be the most powerful language – and is the most spoken language - in Europe. The communication skills that you gain from A-Level German make you an ideal candidate for any degree in the future whether that relates to German or not.
A-Level German can lead to further study of the subject at university either as a main subject or the subsidiary part of a degree. Students who continue with some German at university would have the opportunity to spend a year abroad in a German-speaking country. Careers where A-Level German is useful include interpreting, translation, teaching, marketing, media, law, work in the travel and tourism industry, economics, business and lots more.