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The course concentrates on the mastery of German and it demands a high level of interest in a wide range of modern issues and current affairs. AS/A Level German is suitable for those students who have enjoyed previous study of German and who wish to extend that study, opening up excellent prospects for European careers. You will have access to specialist computer applications, literature and a range of foreign language films. You will learn about Germany and gain valuable insights into the culture of the country. The four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking will be practised in each lesson. Not only will you achieve an advanced level of German, you will also develop a deeper understanding of society and global issues.

Benefits of obtaining a German A-Level Qualification

German is spoken as a first language by over 100 million people, and is widely used as a second language, especially in Eastern Europe.

Having an A-level qualification in German has a number of benefits:

Opportunities at university: your opportunities to study German at university in the UK are not just confined to studying German history or literature. UK universities offer combined degrees with subjects such as business studies and management, mechanical engineering, law, politics and even film studies. Many of these courses include studying a term or even a year in Germany as part of a degree and provide new graduates with a distinct advantage when applying for jobs.

Career opportunities: A recent survey and report by the UK's leading employers' organisation, the CBI, entitled ‘Educating for the Modern World’, highlighted the increasing importance of language learning to enable a post-Brexit UK to secure global trading deals. The report highlighted German as the language most valued by UK managers. Germany is one of the UK’s most important trading partners and the largest worldwide exporter of goods including vehicles, chemicals and metals. German companies such as Audi, Bayer and Siemens are leaders in the world.

Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

Cultural understanding: Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life and the arts in German speaking countries and broadens your horizon. German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. German-speaking writers, thinkers and artists have long been and continue to be at the forefront of intellectual life, and German literature, art, cinema and philosophy is influential worldwide.

Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.

CBI, 2018 Education and Skills Annual Report, November 2018.

Assessment

Grade 6 in GCSE German and at least a Grade 4 in GCSE English Language. An average GCSE score of 5.50 or higher.

Entry Requirements

Content

3 topics looking at aspects of contemporary German life:

• The changing role of the family

• The use of IT in daily life

• The importance of fashion and music

3 cultural topics:

• German festivals

• German art and architecture

• Specialist study of Berlin

Study of a German film.

In the 2nd year students will study a German play together with more topics about life in Germany in the 21st century, such as the effects of immigration and Germany’s role in the EU.

Outcome/Progression

You will achieve a high level of literacy and fluency in German and will gain a deeper understanding of German society and the issues affecting it. Being able to speak a modern foreign language is a valuable skill which many employers look for and many universities now offer degrees which feature a language combined with nearly any other discipline. Many students who have studied languages have excellent communication skills and an ability to create and maintain a coherent and cohesive argument, qualities which often lead to enhanced job prospects.

Moodle

YouTube

Kerboodle – interactive exercises based on the course book.

German newspapers / news broadcasts / magazines

Neuneinhalb: short documentaries (9½ minutes long) on a wide range of matters of interest to young people. Useful for developing listening skills.

https://www1.wdr.de/kinder/tv/neuneinhalb/sendungen/index.html

Course Information

Level

A level

Course Work

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