Students studying for an A Level qualification will be tested on all subject content in terminal examinations at the end of Year 13.
Language-learning in Key Stage 5 moves from the purely personal (my school, my family etc.) into the study of more abstract topics, which demand an extensive range of topic-specific vocabulary and a broader range of ideas. There is a clear focus on aspects of life in German-speaking society. Knowledge of grammar is consolidated and extended to allow for effective delivery of ideas in writing and orally. There are two written papers at the end of the course, one of which tests listening and reading skills and ability to translate into and out of German and the other focuses on essay writing. Speaking is tested through an interview in German.
Year 12 subject content is as follows:
- Aspects of German-speaking society (e.g. the changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture)
- Artistic culture in the German-speaking world (e.g. festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin – past and present)
- One literary text or film chosen from a prescribed list
In addition to the content above, students study the following in Year 13:
- Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (e.g. immigration, integration and racism)
- Aspects of political life in German-speaking society (e.g. Germany and the EU, politics and youth, German re-unification and its consequences)
- Grammar (extended)
- A second literary text or a film (if a film is not studied as part of the AS course)
It is expected that students will have achieved at least Grade 6 in German at GCSE.
Students are invited to take part in the well-established annual exchange programme with our partner school in Melle. They will also benefit from a weekly conversation class with our German assistant.
Progression Routes and Careers
Modern Languages are a real asset on your CV as they are one of the facilitating subjects at Advanced level for entry to the Russell Group Universities. They can be combined with a very wide range of different subjects for university level study, from science-based subjects to engineering and from law to drama.
‘Speaking German will not only get you, in general, the highest-paid job, it is also the language that is in highest demand across job postings.’ Lianna Brinded, Finance Editor, Business Insider
Germany is currently the European country with the most thriving economy and promising future with a GDP of over 2.4 trillion Euros despite the European slump. Apart from the US, Germany is the largest single export market for British goods and remains Europe’s largest economy. In post-Brexit Britain, German speakers will be in ever-greater demand to maintain our business success.
Germany is the world’s third largest contributor to research and development, making German particularly important for scientific research and placing it in second place after English as the most important scientific language. Germany is also one of the UK’s top five research partners in the world and is likely to remain so following the UK’s departure from the EU. (Languages for the Future – British Council 2017)