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German

Aims

We want you to be a fluent and confident speaker of German who is interested in German life and culture.

During your Sixth Form course you will: develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; expand your knowledge of vocabulary and grammar so that you can express ideas and arguments forcefully and accurately; acquire new skills; learn more about German-speaking countries. 

What will I study?

All girls will have the opportunity to take AS and A2 in this subject.

At AS Level, you will explore a range of topics relating to the society and culture of German-speaking countries. You will develop your understanding of themes such as the changing state of the family, the digital world and youth culture. You will gain an appreciation of the artistic culture in the German-speaking world through the study of festivals and traditions, art and architecture and the cultural life in Berlin. You will also study a film.

At A2 Level, you will develop your awareness of current social issues which affect the German-speaking society such as immigration and racism. You will also gain an insight into aspects of political life including the European Union and German re-unification and its consequences. You will study a book and complete an individual research project which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken.   

How will I be assessed?

AS:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation (into English) worth 45% of AS
Paper 2: Writing: Translation (into French) and an essay based on the study of a film worth 25% of AS
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS

A2:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translations (into English and French) worth 50% of A Level
Paper 2: Writing: 2 essays based on the study of a film and a book worth 20% of A Level
Paper 3: Speaking worth 30% of AS

How will I study?

Each group is taught by two members of the German department. In lessons, you will have access to a range of resources including textbooks, the internet, magazines and films. You will have a weekly conversation lesson with the German assistant which will allow you to develop your speaking skills. You will be encouraged to work independently and to use the Internet in order to research your own individual interests but you will also have the opportunity to work in pairs and groups. There will be opportunities to attend film evenings and to visit language seminars at universities. You may also choose to spend some time in Germany.

Desirable requirements

You should have a keen interest in the German language and its culture and an aspiration to develop and consolidate you knowledge through independent study. You should enjoy communicating in the language both in and out of the classroom environment. We would also strongly recommend that you should have a grade A at GCSE.

How will I study?

Each group is taught by two members of the German department. In lessons, you will have access to a range of resources including textbooks, the internet, magazines and films. You will have a weekly conversation lesson with the German assistant which will allow you to develop your speaking skills. You will be encouraged to work independently and to use the Internet in order to research your own individual interests, but you will also have the opportunity to work in pairs and groups. There will be opportunities to attend film evenings and to visit language seminars at universities. You may also choose to spend some time in Germany.

Where will it lead?

Whatever your career and whatever your destination – Britain, Europe or beyond – a language is a valuable asset. For instance, you can study Medicine, Law or Fine Art at a foreign university, as long as you are competent in the language. Linguists are much sought after in the world of work because they are known to be highly skilled and adaptable.

 

“This year, I have studied German, French, Biology and Chemistry. I chose these subjects as I found them interesting and I wanted to explore the subjects I am passionate about in more depth than at GCSE. I have taken a particular interest in German at AS Level because I have been able to develop my language skills and discuss a variety of topics in the language. There are also weekly sessions with the language assistant which I found extremely helpful in boosting my confidence and fluency in German.”