British universities are offering many more opportunities to include German as part of a degree course with other subjects. German is the second world language in terms of books published and a vehicle of communication for well over 100 million people, with millions more speaking it as their second language, in Eastern Europe, for instance.
This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of German. Not only will you know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use language on a day-to-day basis. Students find that a language is a natural fit for many subjects, enabling them to use their skills and qualifications to access career opportunities at home and abroad. However, on a wider level, anybody who wants to travel for work or pleasure should consider taking this course.
In the first year you will study two topics which include aspects of the social context of German-speaking countries, together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries. These topics include the changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture, festivals and traditions, art and architecture and cultural life in Berlin. The topics build on what you have studied at GCSE and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues. The common thread amongst these is discovering how people speak at a personal level, and what their individual views are on these topics. You will also study a literary text from a prescribed list.
In addition to the literary test studied in Year 12, you will study a film in the second year, as well as a further two topics. The topics will relate to multiculturalism in German-speaking countries, and the German political landscape both within Germany and in Europe itself. Finally, you will complete an independent research project based on a subject or a key question that interests you and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken.
Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, an A Level in German can help with a variety of career paths. For those who want to specialise in language, there is translation, interpreting, or teaching. Or maybe you want to work in the travel and tourism industry. Even as an engineer, journalist or designer, being proficient in a language will give you broader career options. And contrary to popular belief German is the language that a majority of British employers cite as the single most sought after language when interviewing applicants.
Component 1: Listening, Reading and Writing
Total marks: 100; 2 hours 30 minutes
Listening: 30 marks
Reading: 50 marks
Translation into English: 10 marks
Translation into German: 10 marks
50% of total A Level
Component 2:Written Paper
Total marks: 80; 2 hours
Two critical essays on the prescribed
literary texts: 40 marks each
20% of total A Level
Component 3: Speaking Test
Total marks: 60; 21-23 minutes
Discussion of stimulus card: 25 marks
Research project: 35 marks
30% of total A Level