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German A level at Wollaston School

Course description

This course gives students an excellent grounding in all aspects of German language and culture, with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability in speaking, listening, reading and writing. It allows them to show they have the skills to be successful in today’s competitive world of work, and that they are effective communicators.

Course content

The course covers many aspects of German - speaking society and culture. AS & A Level: communication technology, media, leisure, tourism, health, literature and film. A Level only: law & order, integration, environment, scientific advances, politics and recent history. Students are always encouraged to explore their own areas of interest within topics.

Assessment

AS

Listening, Reading & Writing (1hr 45 mins): Questions on a range of spoken and written passages + a short translation into English

Writing (1hr 15 mins): A short translation into German + one essay (300 words) in German about a film, book or play that candidates have studied.

Speaking (12 - 14 mins + 15 mins prep): Candidates are given a choice of short texts on topics they have studied and choose 2 to discuss with their teacher.

A2

Listening, Reading & Writing (2hrs 30 mins): Questions on a range of spoken and written passages + 2 translations, 1 into English and 1 into German.

Writing (2hrs): 2 essays (300 words each) in German, one about a film and the other about a book or play that candidates have studied.

Speaking (12 - 14 mins + 15 mins prep): Candidates discuss one topic from a choice of themes, and then present and discuss a topic they have researched independently.

Future opportunities

As it is a ‘facilitating subject’, good Universities are always keen to interview candidates with A Level German, whatever degree they are applying for. Against a backdrop of declining languages skills in the UK, those with proven competence in German may now have better promotion prospects and could command higher salaries in sectors such as Banking, the Media, Education, Engineering, Law, Leisure & Tourism, Manufacturing, Retail, Telecommunications, indeed in any area where we are working or trading with our European partners.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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