German A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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


Research shows that languages graduates are more likely to find themselves in well-paid, high-status jobs than graduates in any other discipline except Medicine. As well as degrees in German, many universities offer the opportunity to take up a different language, be it Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Mandarin Chinese ab initio.


The A Level course in German is designed to help you develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills and to deepen your understanding of German culture and society. You will study topics relevant to contemporary life such as the changing role of the family, the multicultural society and aspects of political and artistic life in Germany. In addition, you will learn to translate both from and into German and will study a film and a literary text.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a grade 6 at GCSE. You will need to work hard in the early stages of the course to build up your confidence in using and manipulating German grammar, in order to succeed in the translation and writing components. To achieve really good grades, you will also need to take an interest in wider aspects of life in Germany or other German-speaking countries. During Years 12 and 13, you should be starting to read articles from German newspapers and magazines regularly, to watch films or television and listen to the radio to broaden your knowledge both of vocabulary and of the society you are studying. You also need to develop the ability to use resource material such as a dictionary effectively.