We believe languages should appeal to all students. The Pearson Edexcel A Level in German has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the German-speaking world. You will develop an advanced level knowledge and understanding of the German language, the culture of Germany and other German-speaking countries, as well as practical and valuable language and transferable study skills. This specification will help to prepare students for higher education and enhance their employability profile. The qualification features familiar and popular themes as well as some new content that provides clear links to some of the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the culture of the target language country and communities. You will study popular literary texts and films including contemporary and more classical titles, together with authentic source materials from Germany and the wider German-speaking world.
The content of the A-level builds on the understanding developed at Key Stage 4 and gives students the opportunity to learn and apply important transferable skills in critical thinking and analysis, enabling them to make a smooth transition to the next level of study.
The A-level has two main themes
- Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland (Development of Germany)
- Politische und künstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum (political and artistic culture of the German-speaking world)
To be studied alongside either one literary text or one film and assessed through two externally examined papers and one Non-exam assessment (oral).
The assessments place an emphasis on spontaneity and grammar, as well as providing plenty of opportunities for students to apply their knowledge independently and creatively.
5 GCSE grades at 4 or above including English and preferably a grade 6 in German, although grade 5 may be accepted after discussion with the MFL department.
Student can go on to study languages at university, German is also seen as a good subject that can link with English Literature and History, not to mention International Development.