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Modern Foreign Languages: German

Course requirements 

GCSE Grade C in German.

Course description 

We follow the AQA specification. This course allows in-depth study of a range of topics relating to the culture and society of German speaking countries, as well as developing candidates’ grammatical skills and awareness. 

AS Components

a) Social aspects and trends of German-speaking society (the changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture – fashion, trends, music and television)

b) Artistic culture in the German-speaking world (cultural life in Berlin: past and present, festivals and traditions, art and architecture)

c) Study of a German novel or film 

A2 Components

c) Multi-culturalism in German- speaking society (immigration, integration, racism)

d) Political life in the Germanspeaking world (Germany and the EU, politics and youth, German re-unification and its consequences)

e) Study of another German novel or film

f) Individual research project to form basis of A2 speaking exam (the research of a subject or key question which is of interest to you and which relates to a German-speaking country). 

Assessment 

Listening, reading and writing

AS: 1 hr 45 minute paper

A2: 2 hr 30 minute paper

Candidates respond to a variety of spoken and written sources, including authentic sources. At both levels candidates complete a translation into English and for A2 candidates also translate into German. 

Writing

AS: 1 hr 15 minute paper

Candidates are required to complete a translation into German and to write a critical essay in response to a question relating to the novel or film which they have studied. 

A2: 2 hr paper

Candidates answer two critical essay questions based on the novels/films they have studied. 

Speaking

AS: 12-14 minute oral exam based on two stimulus cards relating to the content of AS units A and B.

A2: 21-23 minute oral exam including a discussion of a stimulus card based on one of units a-d, followed by a presentation and discussion of the candidate’s individual research project. 

Progression 

A-level German works well in combination with many other subjects including Law, Tourism, Politics, and History but also with more technical qualifications such as Science. This A Level provides an excellent basis for a number of university degrees from Modern Languages and European Studies to Hospitality.

The German specification will naturally enhance the communication skills and European awareness of candidates. Similarly, opportunities will arise to explore the spiritual, moral, ethical and cultural dimensions of topics studied.