German

A Level

Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

Overview

During this two year course you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in the foreign language. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic or political life.

Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You’ll be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs, and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures, to become an accurate and independent user of the language. You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.

A foreign language will greatly enhance your job opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. If you are considering a career in business, international organisations, travel and tourism, hospitality, interpreting, translating or teaching, then having advanced language skills can be invaluable.

Availability & Details

German, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2GER

Venue
HSDC South Downs Campus
Dates
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. This must include German at grade B.

During this two year course you will explore the language, culture and society of the countries where the language is spoken and develop a critical and analytical approach to film and literature in German. You will carry out independent research on a chosen aspect of social, cultural, artistic and political life.

Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be continuously practised and developed. You will be encouraged to express opinions, discuss topics and current affairs and use a wider range of vocabulary and grammatical structures to become an accurate and independent user of the language.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in our organised visits and student exchanges.

First year:

  • Aspects of German society: social issues and current trends such as attitudes to marriage, equality of opportunity, communication technology, healthy lifestyles, medical advances and related ethical issues
  • Artistic culture in the German-speaking world: the significance of TV, film theatre and music
  • Detailed study of a film

Second year:

  • Multiculturalism in German society: immigration, racism and integration
  • Aspects of political and social life in the German-speaking world: political systems, regional identity, pressure groups, the role of the EU, law & order
  • Detailed study of a novel or play
  • Grammar

The language laboratory will be used regularly for listening comprehension. There will be considerable oral work, either as a whole group, small group or pair work.

Grammar will be fully revised and extended to develop the use of more complex structures. This will then be consolidated by a variety of written tasks. Reading comprehension skills with some translation will be developed. You will be expected to learn vocabulary regularly and complete homework of approximately five hours per week.

Students will be entered for three examination papers:

Paper one: Listening, Reading and Writing (Translation)

Paper two: Writing (an essay on one text and one film or two texts from a set list)

Paper three: Speaking (discussion of a stimulus card plus individual research project).

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My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student

My experience at South Downs was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

Progression

You may decide to continue to study language at university by either focusing on one language or combining language study with almost any other subject. This A Level is a great asset for university and employment as you will acquire invaluable transferable skills such as autonomy, creativity, analytical and critical thinking and communication skills.

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