German

AS/A level specification | AQA

Calling all budding scientists and engineers! Did you know that German is the technical research language of Europe? The study of a foreign language features in many Science degree courses.

Many employers regard a good knowledge of a foreign language as a key asset today. With the emergence of Germany as the leading industrial trading nation in Europe, the German language is becoming increasingly important in the business world. A Level German is also a valuable asset alongside a mainly science or business course.

The A Level course in German will provide a deeper understanding of German culture as well as a thorough knowledge of the language. It is hoped that you will participate in an exchange visit or work abroad to give you hands on experience of using your language. Communication is at the heart of learning.

Content & Breakdown

The course will build on the skills you have already learned at GCSE. You will be expected to develop your communicative skills fully through a variety of techniques. By the end of the course you will be able to discuss issues in German and express your ideas with confidence in the spoken and written word. The approach will be a thematic one and you will be required to research different aspects of German life by using authentic material from German newspapers, magazines and literary texts, as well as developing an appreciation of German cinema.

Social issues and trends:

Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing state of the family.
  • The digital world.
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television.
  • Multiculturalism in German-speaking society.
  • Immigration.
  • Integration.
  • Racism.
  • Political and artistic culture.

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions.
  • Art and architecture.
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present.

Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

  • German and the European Union.
  • Politics and youth.
  • German re-unification and its consequences.

Literary texts and films

either one literary text and one film or two texts.

Individual research project

You will identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to you and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken. You will select relevant information from a range of sources including the internet and will demonstrate your ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising your findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment. You may choose a subject linked to one of the themes studied or to a literary text or film.

Assessment

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing. 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 40%.
  • Paper 2: Writing. 2 hours, worth 30%.
  • Paper 3: Speaking. 16 -18 minutes (plus preparation time), worth 30%.

Careers/Further Education

You will be able to use AS and A2 level German as part of your qualification for entry to a wide range of degree courses. Why not consider German and Maths and spend a year studying Maths at a German university? Or German plus a new language such as Italian or Russian? A degree in a modern foreign language opens up the world to you.

Find out what our sixth form students JackRosie and Sophie have to say about their experiences of MFL courses.

Links for Exam Specifications

AS German – for examination from 2017

A Level German – for examination from 2018

For more information contact: Mrs E Cromwell