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A Level German

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The Modern Languages Department is one of the most vibrant centres of study in the county and places a lot of emphasis on the idea of lifelong learning and the role of languages in the curriculum.  Whilst the main languages of Spanish, French and German and studied on the main curriculum, there are often opportunities to study Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Korean; not to mention the array of visits to the countries where the main languages are spoken.  At A Level there is a lot of variety and students have an opportunity to branch out for their oral topic as they set and research a personal area of interest in the countries of these languages.


Outline of the Course
  • Component 1 - Speaking - This unit comprises of 2 parts. The first part is a discussion on a topic chosen by the student. The second part is based on a stimulus card on one of the themes covered at A level and ensuing discussion.
  • Component 2 - Listening, reading and translation - Students will be asked to transfer meaning from a number of audio texts and reading texts through multi choice questions, gap filling and question and answer type responses.The translations include translating one text from English to the assessed language adn another from the assessed language to English.
  • Component 3 - Critical and analytical response in writing - Students will be asked to write two essays based on a text and / or a film which has been studied in class.
  • Components include the following topics: travel and exploration, diversity and difference, contemporary youth culture and for German – The making of modern Germany 1989 onwards.  Texts and films – Ich fuhle mich so fifty fifty (novel) and Goodbye Lenin (film)

How will it be delivered?


Type of Assessment




Examination: Oral assessment – discussion on chosen topic followed by discussion based on a stimulus card

21-23 minutes



Examination: Listening, reading and translation from target language to English and English to target language

2 hours 30 minutes



Examination: Writing assessment – based on texts or films

2 hours


Entry requirements

Entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in German


Your next steps...

You could take this course with other advanced level course or equivalent to prepare for higher education in German, other languages or more general higher education courses.With further training, you could go into a job related to German or European Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, or you may wish to use your German to study or work over in Germany.The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the travel and tourism sector.


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