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German A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

German means business! It is the official language of five European countries and one of the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. Germany is the largest economy in Europe. It is the UK’s biggest trading partner and 50% of British employers needing linguists rate German as useful for their business. An A’Level in German will give you an insight into the rich history and vibrant culture of the German-speaking world as well as the linguistic ability to be able to communicate fluently in the language.

An A’Level in German will broaden your knowledge of the world as well as of German speaking countries. You will develop the fluency to be able to communicate and express your ideas about whatever topic you like (you will have the opportunity to practice this during your work experience visit to Berlin!)

As well as being key to European business, Germany is a world leader in engineering and German is the second most used scientific language in the world. With an A’Level in German you can work internationally and compete in the global market. Did you know that across the rest of Europe at least one foreign language is a minimum requirement for any job?

The fact that you have studied a language impresses employers and universities as it shows you have a well-rounded skill set (as demonstrated by the fact that it is one of the A’Level subjects required to access any Russell Group University). You learn important study skills that are transferable to other subjects and people are always impressed by anyone who can speak a foreign language.

Course content

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (2 hours 30 minutes 50%)

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording.

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.

Paper 2: Writing (2 hours 20%)

Essay writing on the prescribed works: there is a choice of two questions for the film and two for the book. Students choose one of each.

All questions will require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features as appropriate to the work studied.

Paper 3: Speaking (30%) 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation).

- Speaking with a stimulus card (5-6 minutes) Students are given a choice of two cards on different sub-themes. Visual stimulus plus three printed questions. Students must ask two questions based on the stimulus card discussed.
- Presentation and discussion of individual research project. Students present a summary of their findings and then the teacher/examiner ask questions in order to elicit further information.

Future opportunities

A’ Level German goes well with just about any other subject. The beauty of a foreign language A’ Level is that it covers such a broad range of topics and skills that it works well with any combination both at A’ Level and at University. So if you have enjoyed learning German so far why not carry on and choose A’ Level German?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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