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German A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Grammar

Paper 3 - Oral

Based on an individual research project on one of the four sub-themes on paper 1.

Entry requirements

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.

Assessment

Paper 1

Weighting of A Level

Listening, Reading & Writing

40%

Paper 2

 

Writing

30%

Paper 3

 

Speaking

30%

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.