German

A language A-level opens many doors. The syllabus is focused on the study of German culture, including social issues, youth culture, art, history and politics. During the course you will also carry out an in-depth study of a play and a film. This is a great opportunity to gain the confidence to speak and write freely in German on a variety of topical issues, in addition to acquiring transferable research and analytical skills. You will improve your ability to problem solve, to be creative and above all to communicate well, all of which are vital skills for today’s job market.

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A Level

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What will I study?

You will study topics based around the themes of technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German-speaking society. Within this, you will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture, and will learn how Germany's political landscape was formed.

You will explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice, to be presented in the speaking exam.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

How will I learn?

You will learn and be assessed on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through examinations, including a speaking test. At the end of the second year, the A-level examination consists of three papers, one of which is the speaking test.

Are there any trips on this course?

There will be a language and culture trip to Berlin or Vienna and students will also have the opportunity to apply for a work experience placement in Germany, organised and funded by the Goethe Institut. There many also be the opportunity to attend a study day in London or a theatre trip.

Are there any extra costs?

The only costs involved are for the trip to Berlin or Vienna and any of the day trips. You may also want to buy a copy of the set text and the DVD/download of the film. There are also various grammar and practice books that you may want to purchase for extra revision.

Are there any specific entry requirements?

GCSE Grade 6 in German

What enrichment activities are offered?

German students at Cirencester will be offered the chance to take part in a trip to one of the German-speaking countries in order to improve language skills and cultural knowledge.

What work experience opportunities are there?

All first year German students are encouraged to apply to a work experience programme in Germany, organised and funded by the Goethe Institut.

Careers Information

Language skills are in demand and can be used in almost any career, particularly with businesses that trade internationally. A Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report in July 2016 states that the languages most in demand by businesses are the major EU languages of French, German and Spanish. There is also a national shortage of language teachers.

FAQs

Do I need any study aids?

Classroom textbooks and online resources will be provided.  You will also have the option of purchasing an e textbook for your phone or tablet.  An A-level vocabulary book and a grammar book might also be useful. You may wish to purchase your own DVD or download of the chosen film and will need to buy a copy of the novel or play in the second year. You will need access to a good bilingual dictionary, either a hard copy or a dictionary app.

Will the classes be taught in German?

German is spoken in class as much as possible, and you will soon become familar with commands and questions. Some explanations will be given in English, where necessary. Students are also encouraged to speak as much German as possible both in and outside of the clasroom!

Will I only learn about Germany?

No, the exam specification covers all of the German-speaking countries and during the couse we do look at examples from Switzerland and Austria.

What can I do to prepare myself for German A Level?

Immerse yourself in all things Germanic! Listen to German music, watch German-language films or TV shows (with English subtitles) and try to read news articles online.