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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE German at grade 6 or fully bilingual in German

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Exam board: AQA

100%of students achieved A* - B grades (2017 & 2018)

If you’ve enjoyed German so far, don’t stop now!  

The more you develop your linguistic ability, the bigger the sense of achievement. A-level German is a very enjoyable and stimulating course and will help you develop effective communication skills in the German language, whilst giving you a thorough understanding of the  culture of the countries and the communities where German is spoken. 

A good knowledge of German will give you access to interesting, vibrant and hospitable countries in the heart of Europe – countries that are fun, as well as successful. What's more, there aren't many native English speakers who master the German language to such high levels. Germany is the economic motor of Europe and one of our biggest trading partners, and employers are keen to recruit German speakers. As the UK is in the process of leaving the EU it has become even more important to nurture linguists.   Furthermore, it’s not just the language – it’s the understanding of the people and the culture you’ll acquire that will impress. Yes, there are Mercedes and Siemens, but there are also buzzing cultural scenes of all kinds; theatre, music, film, literature and yes, there is even (funny) comedy!

Georgina Norman

Georgina Norman

10 Good reasons to study German

Business: Knowing the language of your German business partners improves your relations and therefore your chances for effective communication and success.

The global career: Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad. Proficiency in German helps you to function productively for an employer with global business connections.
Tourism and hospitality industry: Tourists from German-speaking countries travel wide and far, and are the world’s biggest spenders when on holiday. They appreciate to be looked after by German-speaking staff and tour guides.

Science and Research: German is the second most commonly used scientific language. Germany is the third largest contributor to research and development and offers research fellowships to scientists from abroad.

Communication: Developments in media, information and communication technology require multilingual communicators. A wide range of important websites are in German and worldwide, Germany is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books. Knowledge of German therefore offers you extended access to information.

Cultural understanding: Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life, and the hopes and dreams of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizon.

Travel: Make the most of your travels not only in German-speaking countries, but in many other European countries where German is widely spoken, especially in Eastern Europe.

Enjoyment of literature, music, art and philosophy: German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. Indulge in reading and/or listening to their works in their original language.

Opportunities to study/work in Germany: Germany awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany. Working holiday visas are available for young foreigners from a range of countries, and special visas are offered to skilled workers and professionals.

Opportunities for exchange: A wide range of exchange programmes exists for both school and university students between Germany and many countries in the world.

The specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity. The content has been designed to be of relevance to students of all disciplines, whether you want to progress to A-level or not.

You will develop your understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where German is spoken, and your language skills; you will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German.

The approach is a focus on how German-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. You will study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries.

You may study all sub-themes in relation to any German-speaking country or countries.

  • The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel)
    • Beziehungen innerhalb der Familie
    • Partnerschaft und Ehe
    • Verschiedene Familienformen
  • The digital world (Die digitale Welt)
    • Das Internet
    • Soziale Netzwerke
    • Die Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen)
    • Mode und Image
    • Die Bedeutung der Musik für Jugendliche
    • Die Rolle des Fernsehens

Students also study a film:  Das Leben der Anderen

 

First Year study

First Year Assessment

This specification is designed to be taken over one or two years.

This is a linear qualification. In order to achieve the award, you must complete all assessments at the end of the course and in the same series.

AS exams and certification for this specification are available for the first time in May/June 2017 and then every May/June for the life of the specification.

All materials are available in English only.

AS exams in German include questions that allow you to demonstrate your ability to:

  • draw together your knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study
  • provide extended responses.

Assessment objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all AS German specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how you have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Understand and respond:
    • in speech to spoken language including face-to-face interaction
    • in writing to spoken language drawn from a variety of sources.
  • AO2: Understand and respond:
    • in speech to written language drawn from a variety of sources
    • in writing to written language drawn from a variety of sources.
  • AO3: Manipulate the language accurately, in spoken and written forms, using a range of lexis and structure.
  • AO4: Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countries/communities where the language is spoken.

Across assessment objectives AO1 and AO2, no more than 10% of the total marks for the qualification may be used for responses in English, including translation into English.

Assessment objective weightings for AS German

Assessment objectives (AOs)Component weightings (approx %)Overall weighting (approx %)
Paper 1Paper 2Paper 3
AO1 15 0 5 20
AO2 25 0 5 30
AO3 5 15 10 30
AO4 0 10 10 20
Overall weighting of components 45 25 30 100

Year 1 German Video: Wenn der Computer suechtig macht

Second Year study

You will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German-speaking society. You will study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture and will learn how Germany's political landscape was formed.

You will also explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout your studies, you will learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. You will study a  text  and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

SUBJECT CONTENT AREAS:

  • You may study all the sub-themes in relation to any German-speaking country or countries.

  • Immigration (Einwanderung)
    • Die Gründe für Migration
    • Vor- und Nachteile der Einwanderung
    • Migrationspolitik
  • Integration (Integration)
    • Maßnahmen zur Integration
    • Hindernisse für die Integration
    • Die Erfahrungen verschiedener Migrantengruppen
  • Racism (Rassismus)
    • Die Opfer des Rassismus
    • Die Ursprünge des Rassismus
    • Der Kampf gegen Rassismus

  

  • Germany and the European Union (Deutschland und die Europaïsche Union)
    • Die Rolle Deutschlands in Europa
    • Vor- und Nachteile der EU für Deutschland
    • Die Auswirkungen der EU-Erweiterung auf Deutschland
  • Politics and youth (Die Politik und die Jugend)
    • Politisches Engagement Jugendlicher
    • Schwerpunkte der Jugendpolitik
    • Werte und Ideale
  • German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen)
    • Friedliche Revolution in der DDR
    • Die Wiedervereinigung – Wunsch und Wirklichkeit
    • Alte und neue Bundesländer – Kultur und Identität

We also study a play:`Andorra` von Max Frisch

3.5 Individual research project

You will be required to identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to you and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken. You must select relevant information in German from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. You will demonstrate your ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising your findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment.

You may choose a subject linked to one of the themes or sub-themes or to one of the works. However, you must not base your research on the same literary text or film that you refer to in your written assessment.   

Second Year Assessment

Assessment objectives

Assessment objectives (AOs) are set by Ofqual and are the same across all A-level German specifications and all exam boards.

The exams will measure how you have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Understand and respond:
    • in speech to spoken language including face-to-face interaction
    • in writing to spoken language drawn from a variety of sources.
  • AO2: Understand and respond:
    • in speech to written language drawn from a variety of sources
    • in writing to written language drawn from a variety of sources.
  • AO3: Manipulate the language accurately, in spoken and written forms, using a range of lexis and structure.
  • AO4: Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically and analytically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countries/communities where the language is spoken

Across assessment objectives AO1 and AO2, no more than 10% of the total marks for the qualification may be used for responses in English, including translation into English.

Assessment objective weightings for A-level German

Assessment objectives (AOs)Component weightings (approx %)Overall weighting (approx %)
Paper 1Paper 2Paper 3
AO1 12.5 0 7.5 20
AO2 27.5 0 2.5 30
AO3 10 10 10 30
AO4 0 10 10 20
Overall weighting of components 50 20 30 100

Year 2 German video (example)

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The courses are tutored by well-qualified and experienced staff. You will often work in pairs or small groups as well as being encouraged to show initiative in your private study. Excellent progress is made by use of the target language in the classroom. Attendance and achievement are monitored rigorously. Targets are set regularly throughout the course.

Key Skills    

You will have numerous opportunities to develop your communication skills through written and verbal expression of your own ideas in whole class, small group and one-to-one situations. Use of information technology and independent study are integral to the course.

Methods of Assessment

The four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking - are assessed by examination.

Additional Qualification

All students studying German A-level will be given the opportunity to sit for the Goethe-Zertifikat B1.

Resources

The courses are supported by textbooks, CDs, DVDs and a wide variety of authentic material as well as internet resources. The College’s Virtual Learning Environment Moodle allows students to access podcasts, videos, homework, class work and a wide range of resources prepared and selected by their teachers  

Enrichment

St. Brendan`s is  the first Sixth Form College and the fifth school in the UK to  join the Pasch School Network. This is a global  network  of 1800 schools worldwide that place high value on the learning of the German language.  The network  is an iniative of the German Government in connection with the Goethe-Institut.  As part of the membership in this network students are given the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of events, cultural projects and competitions both in England and in Germany.  This helps to enrich  their learning experience and increases  their fluency in the language.   

In addition, there are opportunities throughout the year to go on trips to the cinema, theatre, universities and conferences. Master classes dealing with a big variety of interesting, relevant topics are held at intervals throughout the academic year. Some students choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or visit a summer camp in Koblenz, Germany with whom we have a link. We also collaborate with local primary and secondary schools. You will also have the opportunity to mentor and support pupils from local secondary and primary schools during your course,  and get involved in various language learning activities whilst passing on your love of the German language and culture to local primary and secondary  school children.

We expect all our students to make the most of their stay with us and participate fully in all of these activities.

Halsbury Work Experience

Germany is a great, diverse country for A-level students to do work experience. Amongst the cities you could be visiting are Aachen, Dortmund, Köln, Koblenz and Münster. Many of these destinations are university cities, providing you with the opportunity to explore and discover a vibrant and cultural city where you can meet other young people whilst practising your language skills and gain confidence and independence.

The following are examples of placements students can choose from:

 

Animals

Pet shop, vet, zoo

Art/History*

Museum, graphic design, art gallery/shop, library, antiques shop

Beauty

Perfume shop, hairdresser, beauty parlour

Business

*

Office, conference centre, language school

Children

Toy shop, kindergarten, school, children/baby clothes shop

Fashion

Fabric printer, fashion/shoe/accessories shop, bridal wear

Hotel

Hotel, Hostel

Restaurant

Restaurant, sweet shop, café, bar, tea room, health food shop

IT

Design, computer sales, computer games shop, computers repair

Media/Drama

*

Theatre, newspaper/magazine, cinema, radio station, television

Music

Record shop, music school, instrument shop

Retail

Florist, book shop, newsagent, supermarket, department store

Science/Medical

*

Pharmacy, hospital, doctor, first aid centres, laboratory

Sport/Leisure

Sport shop, leisure centre, bowling, ice skating, swimming pool

Social

Charity/NGO, social security, retirement home, charity shop

Tourism

Hotel, travel agent, tourist office, tourist attraction

 Progression

The majority of students studying German at our College go on to study German at degree level or combined with a wide range of other subjects ranging from Business to International Relations. 

Other students  who choose not to continue with the language at University benefit a great deal from having a language A level.  Many universities include a year abroad as an integral part of the courses on offer.   This gives language students  the opportunity to spend a year in the country where the language  studied at A level  is spoken when they are at University. 

The Russell Group of Universities advises students to study at least two subjects at A-level from a list of facilitating subjects, one of them being German.

Languages and Employment

In the job market, the ability to speak another language gives you the edge. The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide and businesses are continually looking to expand globally- this is only possible if they can communicate internationally.

The Born Global Research study by the British Academy (2014) investigatged the relationship between languages and employment and drew on the views of more than 600 UK employers.  It found that UK nationals without language skills are losing out in the global employment market, mainly because of restricted experiences as a result of not having language skills.  Employers are constantly seeking out foreign language speakers. Figures reflect this - consistently showing Modern Languages graduates as having one of the lowest levels of unemployment six months after graduation.

A modern languages degree opens up a wealth of options for your future. Whatever career you choose the study of a foreign language brings with it a multitude of skills, all of which are highly prized by employers:  excellent communication skills, cultural understanding/awareness, global outlook, self-discipline, interpersonal skills, critical thinking and problem solving 

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in:

the Civil Service, science, law,k  fashion, financial services, library and information management, heritage and culture, travel and tourism, advertising, retail management, sales and marketing, international recruitment, broadcasting, journalism, publishing, science and IT, voluntary organisations and charities. 

http://www.topuniversities.com/courses/modern-languages/modern-languages-careers

Languages for Employability

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/aug/18/savvy-millennials-rush-to-learn-german

If you have any questions about German at St. Brendan`s don`t hesitate to e-mail Carmen Schembri Wismayer





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