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German AS & A Level at Bridgewater High School

Course description

German A Level will give you the opportunity to expand on knowledge gained at GCSE level with some overlap of topics (although naturally covered in much greater detail). In addition you are introduced to aspects of German history and culture not previously covered. In recent years trips to Germany have included Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

In year 12 the course splits up in to four main areas: Media, Family and Relationships, Popular culture and Healthy Living. Sub-topics include: attitudes to marriage or staying single, hazards of taking drugs or alcohol, types of films and trends in film-making and viewing habits. In year 13 there are three broad areas of study, namely Environment, Multicultural society and Contemporary social issues. You learn, amongst other things, about racism in Germany, law and order, protecting the planet, ethical issues raised by developments in science and technology and inequalities of wealth in both the developed and the third world.

Course content


  • Unit 1: Listening and reading
  • Unit 2: Speaking
  • Unit 3: Listening and reading
  • Unit 4: Speaking

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C or equivalent, including German. Preferably at grade "B" or above.



  • Unit 1 & Unit 2 – both sat in May/June and externally marked
  • Unit 1: Listening and reading examination with an essay question at the end
  • Unit 2: Speaking examination
  • Unit 3 & Unit 4 – both sat in May/June and externally marked
  • Unit 3: A longer, more difficult version of the AS paper
  • Unit 4: A 15 minute long speaking examination

Future opportunities

Almost any position in industry, particularly exporting companies, translation, interpreting. German “A” level is very highly-respected amongst both universities and employers and, therefore, a good choice whatever your intentions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgewater High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

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