German - A Level - Year 1

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.

German A Level 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 you will 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 will 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?

  • College progression – you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching and Business HNC/D.
  • University – related degrees including German, Marketing & Business.
  • 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.

Additional information

The Languages programme at Halesowen College is much more than classroom-based activities. The range of extra-curricular events, such as trips to European cities, university language days, master-classes and an opportunity to write to fellow German students will enable you to practice your language skills and develop a deeper understanding of the culture and society of German-speaking countries.

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