Languages are everywhere, be it on holiday, at work or on a daily basis. This course inspires students who have an appreciation of the language and culture of the German-speaking world. German A-level covers a wide range of interesting topics (such as music, technology, arts, politics, German history), which are relevant to the world we live in. You will gain an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the German language, literature, film and culture of Germany and other German-speaking countries. The skills you acquire will prepare you for further education and enhance your employability.
You will develop your love of the language, while being able to communicate effectively, confidently and clearly.
Choosing A-level German will open many doors, offer you a range of career possibilities and enable you to have fun en route.
What can I do with it?
Knowledge of a modern foreign language to A-level is a valuable asset to further your education or enhance your employability. At university German can be studied in combination with another language or almost any other subject. This knowledge is a much sought-after skill in the current job market, giving you access to a wide range of career options such as interpreting, translation, teaching, marketing, journalism, media, sport, tourism, banking, law, exports, fashion, engineering, business – careers within UK or international companies can give you many opportunities to travel and work both in the UK and around the world – almost anything, almost anywhere.
German combines well with almost any other subject – from the Sciences to English, History to Geography, Film Studies to Economics.
A range of evenings takes place every term for you to communicate and have fun with your classmates. These include cinema and theatre visits, and eating out. You could also support younger learners of German, as a German language assistant, if you wish.
A visit to Germany during the course will, of course, enable you to put all your language skills into practice.
Studying languages gives you all the skills employers look for: fantastic communication skills, an analytical mind, team work, superb cultural awareness, great memory capacity. Speaking another language makes you highly valuable to any company that does international business and can increase your salary by 20%.
What will I study?
You will study 4 themes :
- Social developments in Germany (the environment, energy, recycling, German education system, world of work and German economy)
- Political and artistic culture in German-speaking countries (music, tv, media, pros and cons of printed and online press, festivals and traditions)
- Immigration and multicultural German society (challenges and benefits of immigration in Germany, integration, right-wing extremism)
- The unification of Germany (the GDR, relationship between East and West Germany, fall of the Berlin Wall, end of communism)
You will also study literature : a novel and a film
The A-level exam consists of 3 papers:
- Listening, reading and translation (into English): 80 marks, 2 hours, 40%
- Written response to literature and translation (into German): 120 marks, 2 hours 40, 30%
- Speaking (including research project): 72 marks, 21-23 minutes, 30%