Specification AQA

Why study German?

Not only is German an enjoyable and rewarding language to study, it is also valuable commercially as the German-speaking countries provide our largest customer base in Europe. Studying German at AS or A level is the natural way to further your knowledge enabling you to use it in its spoken and written form and acquire an insight into how language is learnt. You will also gain considerable contacts with and insight into the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of the countries where German is spoken. German links well with many other subjects. Occupations in which students can use German include: journalism, business, tourism, government services, teaching, engineering, marketing and law.

What will I study?

In addition to developing and extending the vocabulary and grammatical concepts studied at GCSE, you will also study and acquire specific knowledge of contemporary society with topics such as the environment, the media, young people, work, and the cultural and social issues of German-speaking countries. You can choose your own topics for the oral modules. You will also have conversation time with the Foreign Language Assistant.

How will I be assessed?

AS is examined through 2 module examinations in June of Year 1 (Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing; Unit 2: Speaking) with the opportunity to resit modules in the June of Year 2 if necessary

Course expenses

You may be asked to buy a grammar book (approx. £10) and you will have to buy a vocabulary book (approx. £5). Any visits that are arranged will be priced as they come up.


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