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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)

This course offers an opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of German-speaking countries. This course fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity.

The AS-level is a one-year linear course with all assessments at the end of Year 1.

This course should be taken alongside 3 A-levels (or equivalent).

AS content

Aspects of German speaking society

  • Familie im Wandel
  • Die digitale Welt
  • Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik, Fernsehen

Artistic culture in the German speaking world

  • Feste und Traditionen
  • Kunst und Architektur
  • Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute

Either one book or one film

Grammar

The A-level course includes an element of translation both ways.

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The course is taught by well-qualified and experienced staff. Students often work in pairs or small groups, as well as being encouraged to show initiative in their private study. Good progress is made by use of the target language in the classroom. Attendance and achievement are monitored regularly. Targets are set regularly throughout the course.

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 initiative of the German Government in connection with the Goethe-Institut. As part of the membership, 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. Some students choose to go on a work experience placement, intensive course or student exchange in Germany. Our partner school is in Bensberg near Cologne.  Students also have the possibility to mentor secondary school pupils during their course and involve themselves in various language learning activities whilst passing on their love of the German language and culture to local secondary school children.

Key Skills       

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

Method of Assessment

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

Resources

The course is supported by textbooks, CDs, DVDs and a wide variety of authentic materials as well as digital resources. We use Microsoft Teams to store all resources used in class so that students may easily catch up if they miss a lesson.

Progression

Many students of this College have gone on to study German at degree level or combined with a wide range of other subjects.

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.

A foreign language qualification is also considered to be a most valuable asset by employers in a range of occupations within the fields of engineering, medicine, diplomacy, the sciences and many others.

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