German at A-Level aims to develop the language skills introduced at GCSE. A comprehensive review is made of all basic grammatical structures before setting out to study the more complex features of the syllabus. Reading, speaking and listening skills are developed equally with a view to ensuring you have rounded skills. All teaching will be done by a native speaker and you will have the opportunity to visit Germany to enhance your studies.
German is taught through translation, listening, reading, writing and speaking skills.
Leisure and Lifestyles, including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living, health and nutrition, diet and exercise, unhealthy living, drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol etc. The individual and Society - including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture, education, vocational training and future careers.
Environmental Issues -including technology, pollution, global warming, transport, energy, nuclear energy, renewable energies, conservation, recycling and sustainability.
Social and Political Issues - including the role of the media, racism, immigration, social exclusion and integration, terrorism and the world of work.
Why study German?
German is one of the widely spoken languages. Not only do the residents of Germany speak German, it is also the official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, as well as the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania as well as other parts of Europe.
As an important language in the world of business and tourism, German is an excellent choice for students when planning a future career. Multinational business opportunities exist throughout Europe and in Eastern Europe countries where German is the second most spoken language after Russian. If you speak German, employment could be waiting for you with major companies such as BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP and Bosch. German is definitely a leading language of Science, Art, Literature, Philosophy and History.
To be considered for entry onto our A Level courses you should have:
Three Grade 5s (Bs) plus two Grade 4s (Cs) including Grade 4s in English Language and Maths plus a high average GCSE point score and any individual subject requirements.
German GCSE grade 5/B
You may envisage a career in languages, or seek to use a language qualification as a supporting skill in a different occupation: business, industrial or commercial. Many students study foreign languages at university, often combined with other subjects such as business studies or law.