N.B. German will be offered in conjunction with our partner schools in Sherborne.
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.
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.
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.
You need to have a minimum of a 6 at GCSE in German.
You should also have an active interest in Germany.
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.