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German AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Studying German will develop students’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. They will gain confidence in communicating in the target language, and learn more about Germany and other German speaking countries.

Students have the opportunity to practice their language skills in the College's well-resourced language laboratories, with access to the latest multimedia technology.

In addition, language students benefit from the support of  dedicated Foreign Language Assistants who are great at encouraging students to try out their speaking skills - for example using interactive games and quizes.

All German students have the opportunity to take part in a study trip to Germany, where they will further develop their speaking skills and appreciation of German culture. 

Course content

The course covers a wide variety of current issues over the two years. As well as revising and extending some of the topics studied at GCSE, students will learn about social and cultural themes within German society, including social values, equality and multiculturalism, regional identity and the influence of heritage, as well as studying aspects of politics and history.  In addition, students will study in depth both a film and a work of literature.  Grammar and language skills are integrated into the topic areas.

Entry requirements

Students will need 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including grade B or above in GCSE German and GCSE grade C in English Language.

Students will enjoy this course if they:

  • enjoy communicating with others through speaking and writing
  • have an enquiring mind and an interest in German culture
  • are thinking of travelling, taking a gap year, or working abroad


The exam board for this A Level is AQA.

The exam is taken in May/June and consists of 3 papers, all externally assessed.

At AS, a speaking examination lasting approximately 15 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (1 hour 45 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (1 hour 30 minutes).

At A2 a speaking examination lasting approximately 18 minutes, a listening, reading and writing paper (2 hours 30 minutes), and a writing paper including essay and translation (2 hours).

Future opportunities

In the workplace language skills are highly valued, with employers typically paying higher salaries to those with a language qualification.

In Higher Education, a single or joint honours degree in one or more languages, or in another subject plus a language, leads to greater employability – and the opportunity to perhaps work abroad.

Further information

German AS/A Level students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In recent years, these have included:

  • A German Exchange Trip to Aachen where students were totally exposed to the German language, helping improve their linguistic skills in preparation for their exams.  Students also experienced German family life first-hand and were able to undertake additional research for their chosen oral topic

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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