German

Specification: AQA

N.B. German will be offered in conjunction with our partner schools in Sherborne.

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 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.

How will I be assessed?

The A-level is comprised of three exams, sat at the end of your second year.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing. This paper includes listening and reading comprehension questions as well as summary writing and translation both from and into German. It is 2 hours 30 minutes and makes up 50% of your final A Level grade.

Paper 2: Writing. In this paper you will write two essays – one on each book or the book and film you have studied. This paper is 2 hours and makes up 20% of your final A Level grade.

Paper 3: Speaking. In your speaking exam you will discuss one of the sub-themes studied throughout the two years of the course. You will also present a research project that you have carried out and will discuss this further with your examiner. This test lasts 25 minutes (including preparation time) and makes up 30% of your final A Level grade.

Entry requirements

You need to have a minimum of a 6 at GCSE in German.

You should also have an active interest in Germany.

Course expenses

You will be asked to buy a grammar book (approx. £10), a vocabulary book (approx. £5) and a copy of the novel and film that you are studying. Any visits that are arranged will be priced as they come up.

News

Praise for our Gryphon firefighters

The recent wildfire in Wareham Forest made headline news across the country. It burnt for almost two weeks before being fully extinguished, and damaged approximately 550 acres of land. Firefighters from across...

News

DofE 2021 has launched!

The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme is the world’s largest youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24 year olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.  From volunteering to physical...

News

Are you eligible for Free School Meals?

If your family's circumstances have changed during these difficult times you may be entitled to apply for Free School Meals. Who can get free school meals? Your child may be able to...

SNOW CLOSURE - FRI 1ST FEBRUARY

 

*URGENT MESSAGE*

SCHOOL CLOSURE FRIDAY 1st FEBRUARY DUE TO DCC SCHOOL TRANSPORT CANCELLATION