German AS/A Level

German AS/A Level

The course will build on your existing GCSE knowledge of German – all the skills, vocabulary and structures you have already learned from the foundation for the two available qualifications: AS standalone (1 year course) and A level (2 year linear course) and will be refreshed at regular intervals. You will be taught by a native speaker and additionally you will have weekly sessions with a Foreign Language Assistant. There will be opportunities to take part in a residential trip and work experience can also be organised for you.

You should have a good basic knowledge of German vocabulary and grammar, an awareness of the culture and current affairs of the German-speaking countries and an open mind and positive work ethics.

On this course you will acquire a much better understanding of grammatical structures, your active and passive vocabulary will increase rapidly and you will be expected to express your own ideas and opinions in both written and spoken German.

The topics you will study in the AS or first year of the course:

  • Aspects of German-speaking society (Family, The Digital World, Youth Culture)
  • Artistic Culture in the German-Speaking world (Festivals and Traditions, Art and Architecture, Cultural Life in Berlin - present and past)
  • A film

    The topics you will study in year 2 of the A level course:

  • Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (Immigration, Integration, Racism)
  • Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world (Germany and The EU, Politics and Young People, The Reunification)
  • An independent research project
  • A book

    Additional
    Grade 6 in German or equivalent qualification.
    Assessment
    Listening, reading and writing papers and oral exams.
    Progression
    A level German can be combined effectively with a range of other A level subjects, broadening your academic base and enhancing your career prospects. With the reunification of Germany and the opening up of Eastern Europe, German is becoming an increasingly important language in numerous fields of commerce, industry and research.

    Many of our students continue with the study of German or another foreign language at university. In addition to purely language-based degree courses, it is becoming increasingly popular to combine a language with another subject. Most universities now provide opportunities to combine German with a further subject such as Business Studies, Law, Computing or Engineering. Most of these courses incorporate one year abroad, either at a foreign university or on a work placement and several now offer dual British and German qualifications.

    Careers where you could use your skills in German include: interpreting, translating, bilingual secretary, international banking, travel industry, law, teaching, employment in the institutions of the European Union or in commerce and industry. It could even be the stepping-stone to something completely different: some top comedians also studied German at university!