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German GCSE at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

There are many great reasons for learning a language, here are six of them; It’ll get you a job, it’s exciting, it gets you places, you’ll meet loads of new people, you can enjoy new cultures and you’ll find out more about yourself. What you will be studying German, like all languages at Cowes High School, is taught with one main aim in mind, namely for our students to have fun and enjoy communicating with people from another country. Students who are active and having fun will learn a language much more easily than a student who is bored. We therefore try to make all language lessons as fun and as active as possible using new technology such as DVDs, the Internet, digital cameras, podcasts and video-conferencing. By doing this we can cater for all learning styles. We also think it is very important to show students the relevance of learning a foreign language to them. We do this by using real materials from websites and magazines and also with the help of Foreign language assistants from the German speaking countries. As well as being a logical language with many similarities to English, German is an important business language. It is the second biggest language on the Internet. How you will be assessed Students will have their worked continually marked using GCSE mark schemes to give them an accurate idea of how they will do at the end of the course. There is no coursework and you will be assessed equally in 4 skills, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. There is a choice between two levels of entry for this qualification: Foundation (grades G-C) or Higher (grades D-A*). With all MFL GCSEs students can play to their strengths by choosing different tiers of entry in the different skills.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of the KS3 curriculum or ready for learning at L1/2.

Future opportunities

There are a huge number of career paths open to students with language qualifications. This includes both jobs in languages such as MFL teacher/trainer, Interpreter, Translator or Cultural briefing consultant as well as jobs with languages such as Events organiser, International Sales Manager, Tourist information officer, Travel courier and Web designer.After GCSE, students with Foreign Languages can follow a number of different paths. You could go on to do AS or A2 courses in German. There are also more vocational courses in Travel and Tourism or Leisure and Tourism for which knowledge of a language can be an advantage. These could then lead onto BTEC courses in Travel, Tourism and Business Studies or eventually even to a Degree. It is important to remember that you don’t have to study just a Language but can also use it to complement whatever other courses you are interested in.

Further information

www.languageswork.org.uk/ www.aqa.org.uk/qual/gcse/germ_a.php To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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