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German A-Level at Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

Course description

At AS level we use every opportunity to enrich the set topics culturally with music, films and even advertisements from German speaking countries. Even less successful entries to the Eurovision song contest have featured. At A2 we learn much about the more recent German history, the dark side of the Stasi and the human stories behind it, through the study of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "Das Leben der Anderen". The novel "Der Vorleser" by Bernhard Schlink allows a valuable insight into and understanding of the way Germans deal with the Nazi-past. No student of German should be unaware of these issues.

Entry requirements

We do have a minimum requirement of five grade Bs or higher at GCSE. English Language (minimum Grade C) is also required. There are also entry requirements linked to most AS subjects (usually grade B or better). Admission to Year 13 is currently set at 3 grade Ds from your AS results.

Subject Specific

Grade B if GCSE, Grade A desirable


In May/June each year there is an examination in listening, reading and writing and is worth 70% of the AS Level / A2 Level (35% overall).

Between March and May there is a speaking test on all of the topics of the AS/A2 course and is conducted by a visiting examiner. It is worth 30% of the AS Level / A2 Level (15% overall).

Future opportunities

Language graduates are increasingly sought after and a foreign language, whether spoken fluently or conversationally, can give access to a much wider range of jobs in the UK and overseas. Using your languages at work doesn’t mean being just a teacher, translator or interpreter (although these jobs make for an extremely interesting career). The Independent recently featured an article on how languages can lead to a dream job from tennis tournaments to the wine industry! You can apply language skills in an enormous range of careers because communication is an employer’s number one requirement. Here are just some of the sectors where a degree in languages is considered a great asset:

Business services, Central & Local Government, Construction-Creative and Media, Engineering, Event Management, Financial services, Hair and Beauty-Health, Medicine and Social Care, Land-based and Environmental, Law, Manufacturing - Marketing, Public services-Retail, Teaching-Technology and Computer Gaming, Translation and Interpreting, Travel and Tourism, Voluntary and Charitable sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Girls' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015
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