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German A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

Students will find the topics similar to those studied at GCSE but looked at in a more mature fashion. In addition students will acquire knowledge about the contemporary culture and society of Germany, such as environmental issues and problems arising from reunification. In studying leisure we will look at the ‘Club 18-30’ culture (towels on sunloungers?!). When looking at the family we discuss how hard it is for young Germans to buy their first independent accommodation away from home, we look at the school system from Kindergarten to Oberstufe and judge how job prospects have been affected by the re-unification of the East and West.

Course content


Course topics include: Media (tv, advertising, social networking); Culture (cinema, music, fashion); Health (sport, diet, holidays); Families (family, friends, marriage)

Assessment: Examination

2 hour listening, reading and writing paper. This builds on your comprehension skills developed at GCSE. In the listening section you work at a computer terminal – you can pause and rewind the tracks as many times as you want to!

A new skill for AS level is writing a short essay in the language. 15 minute speaking test – Students will draw heavily on their time spent with the language assistants and their experiences on the trips abroad in the speaking test.


Course topics include: Environment (pollution, energy, protecting the planet); Multicultural society (immigration, integration, racism); Social Issues (Wealth and poverty, law and order, science). Two cultural topics are also studied from a film, a novel, a historical period and a region.

Assessment: Examination

2½ hour listening, reading and writing paper. A new skill at this level is translation into a foreign language and from a foreign language. 15 minute speaking test based mainly on the cultural topic.

Entry requirements

GCSE German at grade B or above.

Future opportunities

Completion of A2 means students are fully prepared for a degree in German. The department has an excellent record of success in examinations with many students going on to Higher Education at top universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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