I chose to study German at A Level as it provides me with a lasting appreciation of other cultures. What I enjoy most about studying German at a higher level
is being able to develop my evaluations of German film and literature. Studying a language also opens up wider career opportunities.

Lauren Edge

Lauren Edge

Course Description

Studying foreign languages is a great opportunity and really makes a candidate stand out from the crowd in the future. The skills it develops are great for memory, logic and communication, both in the target language and in English; and language qualifications are extremely valued in our modern, interconnected world, both by employers and universities. A Level German helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in German, as well as a thorough understanding of the culture and communities where German is spoken; from in-depth analysis of a German-language film, to immigration and racism, to the position of Germany in the European Union.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.

Course Content

As well as learning German grammar, the subject content is delivered through two ‘themes’, each studied in two sub-themes through a range of texts and media; a set film and a set text; and an individually selected research project.

Theme 1 – Social issues and trends
Aspects of German-speaking society:

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture, fashion and trends, music, television

Multiculturalism in German-speaking society:

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Theme 2 – 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:

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

Set film and set text
Goodbye Lenin! is the set film and is the funny and moving story of Alex, a young man living in Berlin at the time of reunification. His mother awakes from a coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to spare her any shock, Alex must pretend that the Wall is still standing and Communism still rules in East Germany. Der Vorleser is the set text, which explores the extraordinary relationship between 15-year-old Michael and Hanna, a woman twice his age. Many years after their affair ends, Michael encounters Hanna again, in a courtroom where she is on trial for hideous war crimes. Michael gradually realises his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder. Students study the characters and issues raised by the film and novel, in order to develop and express critical opinions towards them.

Individual research project
Students select their own focus for an extended research project, which they explore in depth to provide material for their discussion in the speaking examination. This project is designed to develop their research skills, and allow them to take further a topic of personal interest.

Assessment

Component 1 – Physical Geography
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes –
40% of A Level

Component 2 – Human Geography
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes –
40% of A Level

Component 3 – Geographical Investigation
Non-examined assessment –
20% of A Level

Future Opportunities

An A Level in Modern Languages is both highly regarded and highly sought after as an academic discipline by universities. It is also an extremely useful tool for the modern business world in such areas as engineering, sales, imports and the hotel and leisure industries. Careers in Modern Languages are many and varied.