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German AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Spoken in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, German is Europe’s most widely spoken first language. If you are fascinated by the strange word order and the seemingly impossible length of everyday words, then why not consider AS German? The early part of the course gives you the chance to get to grips with the intricacies of German grammar and build up your vocabulary. We use a variety of teaching resources including newspapers and magazine style material plus CDs, DVDs and the internet. Our only proviso is that you should have achieved at least a grade B in German at GCSE.

The key points of this specification are that students can:

 

  • Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for language learning.
  • Develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts and genres.
  • Communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in the language for a range of purposes.
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries or communities where the language is spoken.
  • Understand how their study of the language fits into a broader context.
  • Derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning.
  • Acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and/or employment.
  • Communicate with speakers of the language.

Course content

AS LEVEL

 

Unit 1:  Listening, Reading and Writing

Unit 1 is a multi-skill paper covering listening reading and writing. It contains a range of contemporary and cultural topics based on Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Family Relationships.

Assessment: 

2 hours         

 

Maximum Marks Available:

110 marks

70% of the total AS marks

Information Regarding Assessment:

5 minutes of listening material.

2-4 listening items requiring short target-language responses.

2-4 reading items requiring short target-language responses.

Answer 1 question out of the 4 AS topics.

 

Unit 2:  Speaking

Unit 2 is a speaking exam.

Part 1 – Preparation and responses to a stimulus card. Discussion of the broader issues within the sub-topic as prescribed on the card.

Part 1 – Conversation based on 3 further topics.

Assessment:

15 minutes (plus 20 minutes preparation time) 

Maximum Marks available:

50 marks

30% of the total AS marks.

Information regarding Assessment:

Focus is on spontaneity, interaction, development of ideas, fluency and knowledge of grammar.

 

A LEVEL

Unit 3:  Listening, Reading and Writing

Unit 3 is a multi-skill paper covering listening reading and writing. For A2, candidates must study two cultural topics in addition to the following topics: Environment, Multicultural Society and Contemporary Social Issues.

Assessment:

2 ½ hours

Maximum Marks available:

110 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

6 minutes of listening material.

3-5 listening items requiring short target-language.

2-4  reading items  requiring  short  target-language 

One piece of writing (250 words) based on the Cultural Topics.

 

Unit 4:  Speaking

Unit 4 is a speaking exam.

Part 1 – Preparation and discussion of a stimulus card, where the student is expected to defend one of two opposing points of view.

Part 2 – In-depth discussion of the two Cultural Topics studied during the A2 course.

Assessment:

15 minutes (plus 20 minutes preparation time)  

Maximum Marks available:

50 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

Focus is on spontaneity, interaction, development of ideas, fluency, knowledge of grammar and responses to challenges by the examiner.

Entry requirements

GCSE German Grade B

GCSE APS of 42

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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