At AS and A2 Level you will develop your ability to understand the spoken and written language and to use the language for the purposes of communication and the exchange of information and ideas. You will gain an awareness and understanding of the culture, society and political life of Germany and German-speaking countries. The course is demanding, but enjoyable and stimulating. The language.
Government funding available
To take into account
5 GCSEs at Grades A-C including English and Maths. You will need to have at least a Grade B at GCSE in German to start the course.
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Edexcel (1-2 years)
At AS and A2 Level you will develop your ability to understand the spoken and written language and to use the language for the purposes of communication and the exchange of information and ideas. You will gain an awareness and understanding of the culture, society and political life of Germany and German-speaking countries.
The course is demanding, but enjoyable and stimulating. The language learning skills you develop will be of use should you wish to acquire knowledge of other languages in the future.
The knowledge you gain of German and European culture, society and politics may well be of benefit in other areas of study, hence the study of any language at this level compliments any combination of subjects.
Methods of Teaching
Lessons take place mainly in German and you will be working singly, in pairs or in small groups on a variety of activities including reading, note-taking, vocabulary extension work, grammar revision and extension.You will engage in many oral activities such as role-plays, discussions, presentations and debates. You will also have a weekly session with a German language assistant to further enhance your production of the spoken language. You will work in the Language Multi-media Centre to practise your listening skills.
Learning through independent active study is crucial to your progress, and carefully monitored programmes will support you in this.
Methods and Patterns of Assessment
The AS examination consists of 2 units:
Unit 1:Spoken Expression and Response (Speaking) - you will discuss a topic chosen from the general topic areas.
Unit 2:Understanding and Written Response (Listening, Reading and Writing) - Your understanding of recorded material and authentic texts is tested by a variety of short tasks. Writing skills are assessed through, e.g. a letter, report or article based on a short printed German-language stimulus.
The A2 examination consists of 2 further units:
Unit 3:Understanding and Spoken Response (Speaking) - You will discuss a variety of controversial issues.
Unit 4:Research, Understanding and Written Response - Your research and written skills are tested through 2 essays. A short translation from English into German allows you to show your ability to manipulate the grammar.
Students are loaned some materials but will need to purchase their own textbook and dictionary for use at home.
Study Visits Abroad The oral examinations account for a high percentage of the total mark. We therefore strongly encourage students to visit a country in which German is spoken. An optional study trip takes place annually and the inclusive cost is approximately £520 (excluding pocket money).
The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.
This subject offers the opportunity to gain a Key Skills Level 2/3 qualification in I.T.
German can be studied in combination with any other course in higher education from Humanities to Science as well as Business, Law or Accountancy for example. Many courses including those in the sciences will offer students with good language skills the chance to take part of their degree course abroad. Graduates in modern languages are in short supply and employers are increasingly keen to recruit people with language skills.