GERMAN A LEVEL
The German A level course follows the AQA specification. Post-16 students are accepted in accordance with the whole school entry requirements and are allocated five periods per week.
The German field study visit is considered essential for A2 and is highly recommended for AS students. Click here to read about the German trip to Berlin last year and here to read about why you should consider taking German at A level.
Examination Board: AQA
Course Tutor: Mr M Cunningham
German field study visit (Spring Term of year 12) – participation considered essential for A2, recommended for AS.
Course outline: The topics of Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living/Lifestyle and Family/Relationships are studied, allowing students to develop understanding of, and the ability to communicate in, spoken and written forms of German, and at the same time, develop their knowledge of German and the German-speaking world.
Teaching and Learning Styles: Mixed skill and communicative methods of teaching are used, following on from teacher presentation: pairwork, groupwork, class discussion, listening tasks, video and computing tasks, as well as individual and group research. The starting point will often be a text, from which different types of task will emerge. The study of grammar is naturally an important part of the course.
Units: 1 Listening, Reading and Writing
2 Speaking Test
Assessment: 1 Listening, reading and writing exam: 2hrs (70% AS / 35% A2)
2 Oral exam: 35mins including 20mins preparation (30% AS / 15% A2)
Course outline: The topics studied are: Environment, Multicultural Society, Contemporary Social Issues and two cultural topics e.g. the work of an author, region or a period of 20th century German history. Study at this level will provide a sufficient basis for further study at degree level.
Teaching and Learning Styles: As AS
Units: 3 Listening, Reading and Writing
Assessment: 3 Listening, reading and writing exam: 2hrs 30mins (35% A2)
4 Oral exam: 35mins including 20mins preparation (15% A2)