Why should I study this subject?
Studying German increases your understanding of the language and your ability to write and speak with greater accuracy and confidence in a range of situations. It develops your understanding of how languages, including English, work and improves your attention to detail. It also offers you the chance to find out more about German culture and society and develops your capacity to see the world through other people’s eyes and thereby understand their point of view.
Languages are regarded as some of the most academic post-16 subjects, so universities and employers tend to value them. Many A-Level students go on to study German or another language as part of their degree, often in combination with another subject such as History, Law or Business. Fluency in German can allow you to work or study in Germany during your studies or later in life.
What will I study?
In Year 12 and Year 13 students will study:
- Aspects of German-speaking society
- Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
- Multiculturalism in German-speaking society
- Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
- One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
- An individual research project
- One of four sub-themes ie Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society
What are the entry requirements?
Level 6 in English Language and a B in German. A GCSE point score of 4.9 (or an A in German).
What skills do I need?
Well-developed listening and speaking skills and a willingness to contribute to discussion. An ability to understand and apply grammatical concepts. An ability to analyse and express opinions coherently. An interest in Germany and German speaking countries and German speaking culture and society. An awareness of correct English usage and a wide English vocabulary.
How will I be taught?
Lessons will involve listening, speaking, reading and writing and will take place in our language laboratory which will also be available for individual study. We use pair work, group work, computer based listening, reading and grammar work as well as regular short tests and small group speaking sessions.
How will I be assessed?
Paper 1 – listening, reading and writing, 2.5 hours, 50% of the A-Level
Paper 2 – writing, 2 hours, 20% of the A-Level
Paper 3 – speaking, 21 – 23 minutes, 30% of the A-Level
What will the course prepare me for?
You could combine German at university with Business Studies, Law or Economics, for example, or study one or two new languages with German to degree level. Teaching, the world of commerce and the civil service are professions which German students have entered.
You will acquire greater confidence in the language and a level of fluency which will be useful in your career and for future leisure opportunities.
How much private study should I expect to do?
You should expect to study for at least four hours a week, and attend a private study session and a speaking session every week.
What materials will I need to purchase?
You are encouraged to provide your own bi-lingual dictionary.
What is the exam board?
This subject is for you if… you like speaking German, are interested in how German language and culture work and are willing to learn new material regularly.
This subject is not for you if… you are not willing to try to speak, don’t like independent learning or struggle to remember material accurately.