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German at Holcombe Grammar School

Course description

The course encourages a greater appreciation of German language, society and culture, as well as a greater understanding of language in general. It would therefore be of great benefit to English Language and literature students.  In the first year, candidate will work on reaching a high level of accuracy in the comprehension and expression of information and ideas covering personal, social, economic and political issues. They will also be encouraged to read whole texts and watch films in German. In the second year, they will develop their ability to discuss and debate a particular point of view chosen by them. Greater emphasis on precision of expression and comprehension will be required as well as the ability to analyse in greater depth.

Course content

The course is divided into 4 units.

Unit 1: Spoken Expression and Response in German Students will be expected to develop speaking skills while studying 4 general topic areas: Youth culture and concerns; lifestyle: health and fitness; the world around us: travel, tourism, environmental issues and the German ‐speaking world; education and employment.

Unit 2: Understanding and Written Response in German: listening, reading & writing skills through the study of German ‐language texts and recordings related to the 4 topics listed in Unit 1.

Unit 3: Understanding and Spoken Response in German (Debate on a topic of their choice)

Unit 4: Research, Understanding and Written Response in German. Students will develop the ability to debate in German and discuss current affairs as well as writing skills on a wide range of subjects and for various purposes. There is a requirement for independent reading and research that needs to be analysed.


Unit 1: Speaking test conducted by teacher & externally assessed ‐ 15%

Unit 2: Listening, reading & writing ‐ 35%

Unit 3: Speaking test conducted by teacher & externally assessed ‐ 17.5%

Unit 4: Translation, a discursive essay and a research‐based essay 32.5%

Future opportunities

Many universities, particularly prestigious ones like the Russell group and Oxbridge regard language study highly and A-Level study make a significant contribution to any application.  Direct use of languages following Higher Education: translating, interpreting, teaching, commerce, tourism and travel. Indirect use of languages for careers: law, accountancy, secretarial skills, export marketing & selling, insurance, hotels, catering, merchant banking, engineering, manufacturing, computing & purchasing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September