Award Crest
York College


Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including GCSE English Language (grade 4). GCSE grade B or above in German is required.


The AS course lasts a year. The full A Level lasts two years. Students will attend 4.5 hours of lessons a week and an extra 30 minutes in groups of 2/3 with a foreign language assistant.

What will I study?

Year 1 AS Level 

Aspects of German Speaking Society

• The Changing State of the Family
• The Digital World
• Youth Culture: Fashion and Trends, Music, Television

Artistic Culture in the German Speaking World

• Festivals and Traditions
• Art and Architecture
• Cultural Life in Berlin, past and present

Students will also study a German film in the first year.

Year 2 A Level

Multiculturalism in German Speaking Society

• Immigration
• Integration
• Racism

Aspects of Political Life in the German Speaking World

• Germany and the European Union
• Politics and Youth
• German Re-unification and its Consequences

Students will also study a German language film and literary work in the second year. You will have a lesson with the German Assistant each week, and you will be encouraged to spend some time in a German speaking country during the course.

You will revise grammar learned on the AS course, and cover new, more advanced grammar points.

You will have a weekly session with the German assistant and be encouraged to spend time in a German-speaking country.

How will I be assessed?

Year 1 - AS Level exams

Unit 1: Listening, reading and writing - 2 hours (70 per cent of AS, 35 per cent of A Level).

Unit 2: Speaking test - 35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation (30 per cent of AS, 15 per cent of A Level).

Year 2 - A Level exams

Unit 3: Listening, reading and writing - 2 hours 30 minutes (35 per cent of A Level).

Unit 4: Speaking test - 35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation (15 per cent of A Level).

Good course combinations

Students can combine German successfully with the full range of A Level and Level 3 subjects.

What could it lead to?

Many students go on to a language related degree course. There are many degree courses offering courses including language study. Possible careers include teaching, translation, journalism, publishing, and work in the tourism or financial sector.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.

100% Achievement in 2016.




Phoebe Simpson

Previously of Easingwold School
Studying A Level German

“I chose German because I loved the subject at GCSE and wanted to study it in more depth. The subject is stimulating and extremely interesting and you progress enormously in your understanding of the language in your AS year alone. The highlight of studying languages at York College for me is that you spend half an hour talking in your chosen language with a language assistant every week, which greatly improves your spoken communication skills.The tutors at College are all really supportive, and there is a lot of mutual respect between students and tutors."

German 151

1379 - German A Level - Victoria Howdle

Course Enquiry

Please type your full name.
Invalid email address.
Please tell us about your enquiry