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German AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

We build on the skills developed at GCSE and study the structure of the language in more detail. You will practise all four skill areas of Listening. Speaking, Reading and Writing and you will be constantly strengthening your knowledge of German grammar, so that you can manipulate the language in order to say or write what you want correctly. The course is topic based and divided into the following 4 themes over the two years. You will have 6 lessons per week and another speaking lesson with our German Assistant who is a native speaker.

Theme 1: The development of society in Germany

  • Nature and the environment
  • Education and training
  • The World of Work

Theme 2: Political and cultural development in German speaking countries and communities

  • Music
  • The Media
  • The role of festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and German multicultural society

  • Immigration and multiculturalism
  • The economic and social effects of immigration

Theme 4 : The Reunification of Germany

  • Society in the GDR (East Germany) before the Reunification
  • Germany since the Reunification

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study German successfully at A level will need an A grade at GCSE or IGCSE. Other grades may be considered on an individual basis.


The exam boards have not yet confirmed the exact content of their exams but they will look something like this:

Paper 1

  1. Listening (24 marks)
  2. Reading (24 marks)
  3. Translation into English (16 marks)
  • 64 marks
  • 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • 40% of the qualification
  • No dictionaries

Paper 2

  1. Translation into German (16 marks)
  2. Written response about literary text (16 marks)
  3. Written response about film or second literary text (16 marks)
  • 48 marks
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes
  • 30% of the qualification
  • No dictionaries or documentation relating to the books/film studied.

Paper 3 (Speaking)

  1. Discussion based on a stimulus containing two different statements (20 marks)  
  2. Presentation and discussion on independent research relating to German society and culture (28 marks)
  • Internally conducted and externally assessed
  • Total assessment time: 21 to 23 minutes including preparation time for 5 minutes. No dictionary.
  • 30% of the qualification
  • 48 marks

Financial information

There is an opportunity to undertake a week’s work experience in Kaiserslautern for Year 12 and various trips to German events and conferences are organised where appropriate. Year 12 Cultural Day for AS students covers the division and reunification of Germany. An understanding of the history of Germany goes hand in hand with the development of the language.

Future opportunities

German can be combined with humanities or science subjects, and taking a modern language at A level is not only seen as a useful asset, but is also highly desirable to employers in all spheres of work today. German studied to degree level can lead to an increasing number of interesting career opportunities in Europe as well as in the world of business management, marketing, tourism, banking, telecommunications or the Civil Service. A Level German combines very well with a huge number of college and university courses and is often studied by engineers, musicians, technologists and medics because of its logical structure

Further information

SO …….. If you have enjoyed German at GCSE, are interested in Germany and want a challenge, then German in the A level for you!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.