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GERMAN - A2/A Level AQA at Churchdown School Academy

Course description

2 year course offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

People with language skills are highly thought of in the modern world. They stand out as talented and successful people, excellent communicators, with broad and exciting horizons! Taking AS or A Level French/German/Spanish will mean that you will:
 
• be able to study French/German/Spanish at degree level at university, if you study A Level
• add an extra dimension to your personal skills profile, which will impress anyone who readsyour CV
• be in a stronger position to get a job in companies with international links
• be able to speak and write French/German/Spanish spontaneously, and have a deepunderstanding of the lifestyle and culture of French/German/Spanish speaking countries.
 
At AS and A Level you will further develop your linguistic skills alongside your understanding ofthe culture and society of the countries where French/German/Spanish is spoken.
 
You will study a range of different topics based on social and technological change.
 
At AS Level you will explore the changing state of the family, aspects of youth culture, including fashion, music and television.
 
At A Level you will go on to look at integration, immigration and racism. You will also focus on the digital world, and highlights of French/German/Spanish speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture. You will look at festivals and traditions. At A Level you will discuss the European Union and Politics and Youth.
 
You will also explore the influence of the past on present day French/German/Spanish speaking countries, and the issues and influences that have shaped them.
 
At AS Level you will study a film.
At A Level you will also study a book, and you will be able to
carry out independent research on an area of your choice.

Entry requirements

Pathway 1: 4 A levels

•        5 A* to C Grades in GCSEs, including Maths and English, and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Pathway 2: A combination of A levels and Level 3 Vocational Courses

•        5 A*to C Grades (Merits in BTEC and Vocational Courses) and meeting any subject specific requirements (see below)

Assessment

Assessment:
 
If you are studying AS Level you will sit examinations at the end of the year. They are as follows:
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing – worth 40% of the AS Level. The exam lasts for 1 hour 45 mins. Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources.
 
You will have control of the recordings. Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes. Translation into English. No access to a dictionary during the assessment.
 
Paper 2: Writing – worth 30% of the AS Level. The exam lasts for 75 mins. Translation into German of a passage. An essay of at least 250 words based on one question in French/German/Spanish on a set film or text. All questions require a critical response to aspects such as plot, characterisation, imagery or other stylistic features. No access to the film or book or a dictionary during the assessment.
 
Paper 3: Speaking – worth 30% of the AS Level. The exam lasts for 12-14 mins. Discussion of 2 sub-themes (6-7 mins for each) based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme. 15 mins preparation time before the test begins. No access to a dictionary.
 
Please note, that if you wish to continue to A Level, the result of the AS Level does not count towards the A Level.
 
If you are studying at A Level you will sit the examinations at the end of the second year of study.
 
They are as follows:
 
Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing – worth 40% of the A Level. The exam lasts for 2 hours 30 mins. . Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources.
 
You will have control of the recordings. Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes. Translation into English. Translation into French/German/Spanish. No access to a dictionary.
 
Paper 2: Writing – worth 30% of the A Level. The exam lasts for 2 hours. Two essays of approximately 300 words each, based on the film and book studied during the A Level. No access to a dictionary.
 
Paper 3: Speaking – worth 30% of the A Level. The exam lasts for 21-23 mins, with 5 mins preparation time.
Discussion of a sub-theme, based on a stimulus card, prepared earlier (5-6 mins). Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9-10 minutes) based on the individual research project.
 
No access to a dictionary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Churchdown School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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