German at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
The aim of A Level language courses is to enable you to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively through both the spoken and written word. During the course, you will also have the opportunity to learn a great deal about the social, artistic and
political culture of the countries in which your chosen language is spoken. The course will guide you through from GCSE level to help you reach a more sophisticated level of language whereby you are able to use a wide variety of vocabulary and your expression
becomes increasingly accurate and complex.
The course also aims to improve your reading, listening and translation skills. You will be introduced to a wide range of up to date texts and you will also be expected to undertake some of your own research. Through developing these skills, you will also gain a very good insight into the culture and current affairs of your target language countries. You will find that the topics which are studied are varied and relevant to your personal interests, as well as the next stage of your education and your career.
An A Level language offers a satisfying and enjoyable course, with many practical benefits, and we find that the study of Modern Foreign Languages is highly valued by both universities and employers.
Topics studied in German A Level Aspects of German-speaking society The digital world (Die digitale Welt) Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television (Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen) Multiculturalism in German-speaking society Artistic culture in the German-speaking world Festivals and traditions (Feste und Traditionen) German re-unification and its consequences (Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen) Students will study a German film and one work of German literature. They will complete an individual research Project. Students must identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken.
Course Details Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (including translations) 50% Paper 2: Writing (essays on the chosen literary text and film) 20% Paper 3: Speaking. (a presentation based on the individual research project and discussion of a topic-based stimulus card) 30%
General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics. In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted.
Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 7 or above in the relevant GCSE Modern Foreign Language or Grade 6 and 75%+ in the induction test in September. Examination Board: German AQA.
From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:
Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme
Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)
Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.
All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.