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German AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

Students study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German speaking society. They study highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture, and learn how Germany’s political landscape was formed. Students explore the influence of the past on present-day German-speaking communities. Throughout their studies, they learn the language in the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them. Students study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice. Assessment tasks will be varied and cover listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Course content

Topics covered AS Level:

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and Architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

Topics covered A2 Level: 

  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism
  • Festivals and Traditions
  • Art and Architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and Youth
  • German re-unification and its consequences

In addition AS students study one text or film and A Level students study either two texts or one text and one film from a given list.

Entry requirements

A Grade in German or

B Grade in consultation with Subject Leader

Assessment

AS LEVEL - comprised of two exams:

COMPONENT 1 Listening, Reading & Writing Exam 80 marks 40% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Writing Exam 60 marks 30% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 3 Speaking Exam 60 marks 30% of AS Level mark

A2 LEVEL - comprised of two exams:

COMPONENT 1 Listening, Reading & Writing Exam 160 marks 40% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 2 Writing Exam 90 marks 30% of AS Level mark

COMPONENT 3 Speaking Exam 90 marks 30% of AS Level mark

Future opportunities

Translation, Interpreting, Linguistics, Teaching, Finance, Food and Drink, Law, Sales and Marketing, Transport, Tourism and Leisure, Public Sector, International Organisations; including the UN and the EU institutions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

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

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