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German A Level at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The A level course is designed to follow on naturally from GCSE, with equal emphasis placed on each of the four language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing.  You will develop not only your level of German to an advanced standard, but also your knowledge of the society and culture, past and present, of German and other German speaking countries.

Course content

The course will cover themes such as:

(i) Social issues and trends in Germany and any other German speaking country (e.g. the changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture, multiculturalism)

(ii) Political and artistic culture in Germany and any other German speaking countries (e.g. festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin, German re-unification)

You will also study grammar of the language to help you use and understand more complicated structures.

An exchange/ study trip to Germany is offered to both first and second year students. The study trip/exchange is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended for improving communication skills and giving you the opportunity to experience German culture and life. 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 GCSE German. If you have a Grade 5, evidence of a higher tier ability in at least 2 of the four skills will be required.

Minimum average GCSE score required 4.


Listening, reading, writing, translation and speaking skills will all be assessed through three exam papers.

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Translation

Paper 2 – Writing

Paper 3 – Speaking


Financial information

Around £300 for the residential / exchange.

Future opportunities

This course could lead onto higher education in German, other languages or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to German or European Languages such as a Teacher, Translator, Hotel Manager, Foreign Affairs Journalist, or you may wish to use your German to study or work over in Germany.

Further information

To find out more about this course visit the Languages Department at one of our Open Evenings.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 21 September 2017
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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.