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GermanAS Level

No one knows exactly what is going to happen next in Europe as I write this. While some worry about career prospects after Brexit, learning a foreign language, like German, could actually make you a more attractive candidate and help create job opportunities. The UK already has a language skill deficit, which costs us roughly 3.5% of GDP per year. Most British companies rely on EU and foreign employees to build positive corporate relationships with other nations.

As well as being taught the practical skills required to learn the language, we hope that students will be awakened to – and enthused by – German as the language of some of Europe’s greatest writers, scientists, musicians and philosophers as well as of its most heinous villains. And, in the process, we hope you will learn a great deal about yourselves and your own language and culture. As Goethe, perhaps the greatest German writer, once observed: “Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.”

  • I’m so glad I chose to do German. There are so many opportunities open to me. I’m thinking about studying German and another language from scratch at university.
  • Although German is not the “easy” choice – it has been brilliant at A Level and the lessons are engaging and fun – even grammar!
  • We have small groups and there is always opportunity to get individual support and attention.

Course Content

Year 1

Topics - Aspects of German Society and Artistic Culture in the German speaking world

Film – Goodbye Lenin

Year 2

Topics – Multiculturalism in German speaking society and Political Life in the German speaking world

Play – Andorra by Max Frisch

Independent Research Project of choice

Assessment

Paper 1

A listening assessment based on a recording and a reading assessment where Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and sources. An unseen passage to be translated from German to English.

Paper 2

A translation of a previously unseen passage from English to German and a grammar exercise. Two essays based on the German language texts or films that you will study.

Paper 3

Oral exam – Students will discuss a topic based on a previously unseen stimulus. Students present a topic of their choice and then debate this at greater length


Key Facts

  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 100% (Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking)
  • Assessor AQA
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. German GCSE 5 grade minimum
  • Online Learning Materials Kerboodle Digital Book

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