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German A Level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

You will be studying the following four general topic areas as they relate to Germany and German-speaking countries: • Youth culture and concerns • Lifestyle, health and fitness • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues • Education and employment Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in German 30% of AS Students engage in a discussion in German on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Unit 2: Understanding and written response in German 70% of AS Students listen to and read authentic German-language materials to retrieve and convey information. They also write a letter, report or article in German. How is the course assessed? Both units are externally assessed by edexcel. There is an 8-10 minute speaking test for Unit 1, conducted with and recorded by your teacher. You choose and discuss a general topic area. There is also a 2 hour 30 minute examination in listening, reading and writing for Unit 2. Questions on the listening and reading materials are mostly in German and your letter, report or article will be of 200-220 words What will I achieve? The AS course provides a logical progression from GCSE and the focus is on developing your language learning skills. It is also an opportunity to gain greater understanding of other cultures, preparing you to become an effective communicator. What else will I do? Popular combinations are with English or humanities subjects, where cross curricular links are more obvious. However, studying a foreign language at AS can compliment and balance many other course profiles and is a strong indicator of academic ability and endeavour.

Course content

You will be studying the following four general topic areas as they relate to Germany and German-speaking countries: • Youth culture and concerns • Lifestyle, health and fitness • The world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues • Education and employment Unit 1: Spoken expression and response in German 30% of AS Students engage in a discussion in German on a general topic area that they have chosen in advance. Unit 2: Understanding and written response in German 70% of AS Students listen to and read authentic German-language materials to retrieve and convey information. They also write a letter, report or article in German. How is the course assessed? Both units are externally assessed by edexcel. There is an 8-10 minute speaking test for Unit 1, conducted with and recorded by your teacher. You choose and discuss a general topic area. There is also a 2 hour 30 minute examination in listening, reading and writing for Unit 2. Questions on the listening and reading materials are mostly in German and your letter, report or article will be of 200-220 words What will I achieve? The AS course provides a logical progression from GCSE and the focus is on developing your language learning skills. It is also an opportunity to gain greater understanding of other cultures, preparing you to become an effective communicator. What else will I do? Popular combinations are with English or humanities subjects, where cross curricular links are more obvious. However, studying a foreign language at AS can compliment and balance many other course profiles and is a strong indicator of academic ability and endeavour.

Entry requirements

A minimum od 5 A*-C GCSE grades including German. Preferably Maths and English at grade C.

Future opportunities

You would do A2 in German in Year 13 to gain a full GCE. Units include: Unit 3 - Crime/Environment/Racism/Employment - Extenally assessed (Oral) 30% Unit 4 - Literature/Film, also some of the topics included in Unit 3 - Externally assessed (Research based writing) 70% This course helps prepare you for higher education courses in French, ab initio courses in other foreign languages and many other courses offering German in combination with another discipline, for example law or business studies. Popular career options for languages graduates include teaching, journalism, translating or interpreting or the business and finance sector, where knowledge of another language is a distinct advantage.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 21 October 2015
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