What will I study?
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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin, German re-unification)
You will also study grammar of the language to help you use and understand more complicated structures.
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 £300 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
Paper 2 – Writing
Paper 3 – Speaking
Grade 6 GCSE German. If you have a Grade 5,
evidence of a higher tier ability in at least 2 of the four skills will be
Minimum average GCSE score required 4.
Useful Supporting Courses
It is possible to study up to three separate languages at Advanced Level.
Languages support virtually every other choice of subjects, particularly English Language or Literature, the humanities and social sciences and business.
The EU Commission has declared foreign languages to be a 'basic skill' for lifelong learning and citizenship. In every environment, speaking languages will give you access to the whole world.
Language 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 and translating/interpreting.