Entry requirementsA 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.
DurationThe 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 LevelAspects 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 LevelMulticulturalism in German Speaking Society
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 examsUnit 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 examsUnit 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).
Students can combine German successfully with the full range of A Level and Level 3 subjects.
Good course combinations
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.
100% Achievement in 2016.
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."