German

A Level

Course code
HSDC-SD-AP2GER
Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

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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.

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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There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study at South Downs, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

South Downs has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at South Downs, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level 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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