German A-Level at Abbeywood Community School
You will enjoy this course if you are an open, confident person who communicates well with others but is also able to work independently on quite challenging but rewarding tasks. You must be hardworking and able to appreciate the importance of accuracy and attention to detail when learning a language at this advanced level.
What will I study?
You will study the German language and society and the role of Germany in the modern world. You will soon discover that there are many links between German and other subjects.
During the first year, you will spend a lot of time improving your grasp of the language through a study of issues which are important to young people in Germany.
These topics include, at AS level, aspects of daily life, leisure and entertainment, communication and media, education and training, and at A2 level, society, including integration and exclusion, law and order and unemployment, the environment, science and technology - issues and impact on society, and German culture, including political, literary and historical issues. Much of our language work will develop from a study of these and other topics.
How will I learn?
We will help you to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. German will be used as the normal classroom language.
You will have access to web-based resources, films and other German practice material and will be supported by a German Language Assistant. You will have the advantage of learning in a small group in which your teachers will be able to give you a good deal of attention.
5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language and GCSE German grade B
AS will be assessed in May by an oral examination which tests your speaking skills and two written examinations which test your skills in listening, reading and writing. A2 will be assessed by an extended piece of written coursework to be handed in by March, an oral examination in May which tests your speaking and reading skills and a written examination in June which tests your skills in listening, reading and writing.
There are many opportunities to study the language at a higher level and students studying German often continue their studies at University with another foreign language, law, maths or virtually any other subject. In an increasingly global business world, the ability to speak a language at a very high level will only increase chances of employment and career prospects. A higher level qualification in a foreign language does not necessarily mean a career in interpreting, translating or teaching, but prepares you most career opportunities including Commerce, Banking, Sales, Marketing and posts abroad.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abbeywood Community School directly.