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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.

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


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.

You will be able to apply for a language related degree course, either in the language you have studied or in a completely new language. Cirencester students have gone on to study Chinese, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic for example. Many universities offer languages as Joint Honours options combining the chosen language with another subject such as Business Management, Law and English Literature to name but a few, which generally allow you to spend a year of your degree course studying or working abroad. Studying a language to an advanced level can be a significant advantage to those wanting to work for global business firms, as a lawyer in commercial law, in a large accounting firm, or in the finance industry, for example.

There will be a language and culture trip to Berlin or Vienna.
We also encourage you to arrange a work experience week through Halsbury Travel.

The only costs involved are for the trip to Berlin. You may also want to buy a copy of the set text and the DVD/download of the film.

GCSE Grade 6 in German

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.

Key Facts

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A LevelAS

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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 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.

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!

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

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.

Progression and Career Opportunities

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.

Career Opportunities:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Industrial Buyer
  • Legal Secretary
  • Marketing
  • Teacher
  • Accountant

Higher Education 71%

Employment/apprenticeships 15%


Emma Farrell (left 2016). Studying German and French at UCL.