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German A Level 

German A Level will not be running for the academic year 2024/2025, but remains available as a course choice within NBP16 Centre.

Awarding Body

AQA

Assessment Structure

100% examination (at the end of the course)

Paper 1 - Listening and Reading comprehension

Paper 2 - Translation and essay writing

Paper 3 - Speaking test

Minimum entry requirement

  • NBP16C level 3 entry requirements
  • GCSE (6) in German
  • If you do not have a relevant GCSE qualification but have a high level of proficiency in the language a 1:1 review can be carried out with the head of department to assess your suitability.

Why should I study this course?

German is the most spoken language in the European Union and its the tenth most widely-spoken language in the world. Not only does the German language provide you with access to German culture, including its music and arts, but it opens up potential business and career opportunities too, particularly in the travel and tourism sector. It’s spoken widely in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

What will I learn?

German language and grammar through the study of different aspects of Germanic society including: The changing state of the family (Familie im Wandel); The digital world (Die digitale Welt); Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen); Immigration (Einwanderung); Festivals and Traditions (Feste und Traditionen); and Berlin - A cultural celebration of then and now (Berliner Kulturleben: Damals und Heute)

You will also explore artistic culture  including the study of the film ‘Goodbye Lenin’ by Wolfgang Becker and the book Der Besuch der alten Dame by Dürrenmatt.

How will I learn?

Classwork consists of a mixture of teacher led activities alongside individual and group work such as discussion and presentations

9 hours of lessons per fortnight + 2 hours with a German Assistant

Homework consists of a variety of tasks - listening and reading comprehension, essay writing, vocab learning, collaborative working for presentations etc

Digital resources are available for practice, course content and further study

Regular mock papers and exam style tasks are completed in order to develop strategies for success

What can I do with my qualification?

Did you know that Germany is the world’s largest exporter of goods, including vehicles, chemical products, and metals? If you have your sights set on a career that involves international work of any kind, then being able to speak German will certainly be an advantage. Germany is also currently the USA’s largest trading partner. Many British and American companies conduct business in German-speaking countries. Interestingly, Germany is the sixth largest exporter of American-made products. If you plan to have a career with an international company, then your A-Level German qualification could come in useful.

Being able to communicate in a second language can increase your chances of employment by making you a global candidate.