A-Level German

What will I be learning?

Topics are varied and appeal to different interests: 

  • The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel) 
  • The digital world (Die digitale Welt) 
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen) 
  • Immigration (Einwanderung) 
  • Integration (Integration) 
  • Racism (Rassismus) 
  • Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen) 
  • Art and architecture (Kunst und Architektur) 
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present (Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute) 
  • Germany and the European Union (Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union) 
  • Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend) 
  • German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen)  

Your studies will also include continued study of grammar & language, as well as a work of literature and a film. 

How will I be assessed?

  • Listening, reading & writing (translation element) paper (50%) 
  • Writing paper (covering the film / literature element) (20%) 
  • Speaking exam (with a stimulus card and a presentation of individual research project (30%)                                                                        

Independent study opportunities

Students will have to choose a topic area for the speaking exam (individual research project). This will involve choosing an aspect of German-speaking culture and preparing a presentation and discussion. It is to be done entirely independently and can focus on a personal area of interest. 

What resources do I need?

There are no resources which you will need to provide yourself. Textbooks and other core materials will be provided. 

Will I go on any trips?

Currently, there are no trips for KS5 languages as yet but are working on providing access to trips in the future. 

What careers could this lead on to?  

Languages can be used in any walk of life, in any career. Obvious career choices include jobs such as translator, teacher or working in the travel & tourism sector, however, many people use their languages alongside their other subject specialisms and personal interests. 

What grades do I need for this course?  

Students can only attempt an A-Level of the language they have studied previously, and although we will consider applications on a case by case basis, a grade of a 6 or higher is the minimum needed in order to access the course successfully.