German A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Did you know that German is spoken by 95 million native speakers worldwide and is the European Union’s most widely spoken native language? With increased globalisation and the opportunities offered by email, social networking and video-conferencing, a modern foreign language such as German is an enormous asset in many spheres of life and work.

This is a 2 year course which involves the development of four aspects of the language (Reading, Writing, Listening & Speaking). It will enhance your understanding of German- speaking countries and their cultural differences.

During the course you will learn through a variety of exercises including reading and listening comprehension from a range of media sources. You will also present information, opinions and arguments either orally or in writing.

The first term includes a diagnostic and bridging course to ensure you have the necessary basic knowledge and skills to achieve your full potential in German.

Course units will include:

Aspects of German-speaking society - including The Changing Nature of Family, The Digital World and Youth Culture

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world - including Festivals & Traditions, Art & Architecture and Cultural Life in Berlin

Multiculturalism in Society - including Immigration; Integration; and Racism

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world - including Germany and the EU, Politics & Youth and German Reunification

You will also study a film and a book, and have the opportunity to complete an Individual Research Project (IRP) in preparation for your speaking exam.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are at the end of the second year and include:

Paper 1 – Listening & Reading comprehension and writing assessment (Translation) - 2 hours 30 minutes

Paper 2 – Writing assessment (Essays on the film and book) – 2 hours

Paper 3 – Speaking (Presentation & discussion of IRP and stimulus card) – 23 minutes, including 5 minutes preparation

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 including German and 3 at Grade 5 including English.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D. Alternatively, a degree in a related subject, such as German, Marketing or Business, could be an option.

Additional information

German A Level combines well with Business, Economics, English, History and another Modern Foreign Language.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Teacher, Linguist, Journalist, Translator, Interpreter, Banker, Travel Representative, Flight Attendant or Logistics Administrator.

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