German A-Level

    Awarding Body: Edexcel

    Highly regarded by the top universities as a facilitating subject, German will open many doors in your future studies and career. The course allows you to deepen your knowledge of the language and of many aspects of German-speaking society. There will be opportunities to express and develop your ideas and to give your views on a range of issues. German can complement many other subjects and can be a valuable contrast to scientific subjects, demonstrating a breadth of interests.

    Course content

    Social developments in Germany

    • Nature and the Environment
    • Education
    • The World of Work

    Artistic and political Culture in the German-speaking World

    • Music
    • The Media
    • Festivals and Traditions

    Immigration and the German multicultural society

    • The positive effects of immigration
    • The challenges of immigration and integration
    • State and social reaction to immigration

    The Reunification of Germany

    • Society in East Germany before reunification
    • Events before reunifciation
    • Germany since reunification

    Assessment

    Paper 1 – Listening ,Reading and translation into English

    • Social developments in Germany
    • Political and artistic culture in the German-speaking world
    • Immigration and German multicultural society
    • The reunification of Germany

    Paper 2 –  Writing and translation into German

    • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification

    Paper 3 – speaking

    • Discussion of a theme from the course.
    • Presentation and discussion – a topic of the student’s choice relating to the German-speaking world. Individual research project

    Trips and other Costs

    We ask students to provide their own textbooks and a copy of the set text. Students will also be offered a week’s work experience in Germany, the opportunity to support the Year 8 German Christmas Markets trip and visits to universities for taster sessions in Higher education language study.

    Career and further study

    You could progress to higher level study such as a degree in German with any number of a huge number of subjects offered as a combined course by many universities. You may also use your knowledge of learning a language to start a new language from scratch at university.

    Many employers recognise competence in a foreign language as a desirable skill. It is likely to offer you an advantage when seeking employment in a wide range of areas, including business, IT, marketing, law, tourism and customer service.