German A Level at Newport Girls' High School
There are many opportunities open to students after studying German at A level. Many employers see languages as a great advantage and consider communication skills as vital to the vast majority of careers. A degree in German may lead to careers in business, law, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism, translating, librarianship and teaching.
The course leads to the A level of the AQA Examination Board and involves a wide range of topics.
Paper 1 – Topics for Listening Reading and Writing
(a) Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends - the changing nature of Family; the digital world; youth culture: fashion, trends, music and TV
(b) Multiculturalism in German-speaking society: Immigration, integration, racism
(c) Artistic Culture in the German-speaking world: festivals and traditions, art and architecture
Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
(d) Aspects of Political Life in the German- speaking world: German and the European Union, politics and youth, German reunification and its consequences
Paper 2 – Writing
One text and one film or two texts from the specification list from a range of genres including:
Books: Böll- die verlorene Ehre der Katarina Blum; Brecht-Mutter Courage;Dürrenmatt-der Besuch der alten Dame; Frisch- Andorra; Heine- Gedichte-Buch der Lieder; Hensel- Zonenkinder; Kafka-die Verwandlung; Kaminer- Russendisko; Lenz-Fundbüro; Schlink-der Vorleser
Films: Good bye lenin ; Das Leben der Anderen ; Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei ; Almanya-Willkommen in Deutschland ;Sophie Scholl ; Lola rennt.
Paper 3 - Oral
Based on an individual research project on one of the four sub-themes on paper 1.
To study German you should have a good grade in GCSE German and feel confident about GCSE grammar, however the grammar will be covered again right from the basics.
Weighting of A Level
Listening, Reading & Writing
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.