The syllabus builds on the skills developed at GCSE, but with much more emphasis on grammar. Equal stress is placed on listening, reading, speaking and writing, together with discovery of contemporary culture and society. Lessons cover a variety of activities including individual
and group work. Students are expected to use as much German as possible in and outside the classroom, make use of College facilities for private study (books, DVDs, WQE Online, magazines etc.) and take a general interest in all aspects of the language and culture. The department’s facilities include a language laboratory and computers . Students will also have an additional timetabled lesson each week with a native German speaker to assist with oral and listening skills.
Aspects of German-speaking society:
• The changing state of the family
• The digital world
• Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world:
• Festivals and traditions
• Art and architecture
• Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
Study of a German film
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society:
Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world:
• Germany and the EU
• Politics and youth
• German reunification and its consequences
Study of a German text
In common with all other new A-level specifications, the new German A-level is linear with all exams being taken at the end of the second year.
Paper 1 - (50% A-Level) - Listening, Reading & Writing (Summary & Translation into both languages included)
Paper 2 - (20% A -Level) – Writing (Film & Book)
Paper 3 - (30% A-Level) – Speaking (Stimulus Card & Individual Project)
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below), this course also normally requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and at least a grade 6 in GCSE German. A grade 5 in
German may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students who have lived in Germany but do not have a GCSE qualification should see the subject teacher during enrolment.
All European languages are becoming more important as Europe is an open market. Students will be well prepared to use German for practical communication and to continue their studies in higher education. At university German may be combined with another language, a host of other subjects or studied on its own.
What does the course combine well with?
German combines well with any subject.