Exam Board: AQA
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 out of German and the other focuses on essay writing and translation into German. 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), Grammar and one literary text or film chosen from a prescribed list.
Year 13 subject content is as follows: Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (e.g. immigration, integration and racism), aspects of political life in German-speaking society (e.g. Politics and youth, German re-unification and its consequences), grammar (extended) and either a literary text or a film (whichever genre is not studied during Year 12).
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:
German is a real asset on your CV as it is one of the facilitating subjects at Advanced level for entry to the Russell Group Universities. It can be combined with a broad range of different subjects for university level study. 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. In post-Brexit Britain, German speakers will be in ever-greater demand to maintain business success.