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A2 German - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Academic Pathway Subject - German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union and increasingly important in the world of politics and business. Gaining an A-level qualification will enhance your employment opportunities. Communication and linguistic ability in German are skills which are highly regarded by universities and employers. 

The course focuses on how German-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries. In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, alongside the German political landscape, both in relation to Germany itself and its place in Europe. The past and its role in shaping the present is viewed through the reunification and its consequences, while the focus on young people and politics looks forward to shaping the future of German-speaking countries.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills. They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German.

The A-level specification fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. The content is suitable for students who wish to progress to employment or to further study, including a modern languages degree.

Course content

At A-level, you will strengthen your command of German grammar and vocabulary, whilst developing your knowledge of the following themes and sub-themes, which complement other A Level subjects you may be taking:


·Aspects of German-speaking society: the changing state of the family; the digital world; youth culture - fashion and trends, music and television

· Multiculturalism in German-speaking society: immigration, integration and racism


· Artistic culture in the German-speaking world: festivals and traditions; art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin

· Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world: Germany and the European Union, politics and youth, German re-unification and its consequences


· Literature, such as Der Besuch der Alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Der Vorleser by Bernhard Schlink, Buch der Lieder by Heinrich Heine or Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder by Bertolt Brecht.

· German-speaking cinema, such as Goodbye, Lenin! by Wolfgang Becker, Das Leben der Anderen by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck or Lola rennt by Tom Tykwer. 


·Similar to an EPQ, students identify a subject or a key question which is of interest to them and which relates to a country or countries where German is spoken. They must select relevant information in German from a range of sources including the internet. The aim of the research project is to develop research skills. Students will demonstrate their ability to initiate and conduct individual research by analysing and summarising their findings, in order to present and discuss them in the speaking assessment. Students may choose a subject linked to one of the themes or sub-themes or to one of the works.


As part of their studies, all students will be encouraged to spend time in a German-speaking country. This will further enhance their language skills and confidence. To foster more independence, we provide opportunities for students to organise their own exchanges or work placements abroad. For example, past students have worked at the British embassy in Munich, volunteered at primary schools or as ski instructors

Entry requirements

An average of 5- 'Attainment 8' score (largely equivalent to 4 grade 4s and 4 grade 5s) across 8 highest GCSEs including English & Maths

At least a grade 5 in GCSE German



Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing – 50% (2 hours 30 minutes)

Paper 2: Writing – 20% (2 hours)

Paper 3: Speaking – 30% (21-23 minutes including 5 minutes prep time)

Future opportunities

The world is becoming a smaller place. German complements all A-Level and degree subjects. We strongly advise that all students consider taking a language as part of their degree, be it as a minor or major subject, as this may give them the opportunity to study or complete a work placement abroad in their chosen field. Studying A-Level German is a good stepping-stone for this.

University admissions tutors and employers greatly value people with good languages skills as it demonstrates that you have a range of transferable skills; such as being open-minded, logical, analytical, sociable and willing to take risks.

Studying a language to A-Level will enhance these sought after communicative skills as well as an impressive awareness of other cultures; benefitting a variety of different careers. This could include: Journalism,  Business,  Leisure,  Travel & Tourism,  Law,  Scientific Research, Media,  Engineering,  Medicine,  Voluntary & Charitable sector,  Manufacturing, Education, Technology & Gaming, Advertising & Marketing, Manufacturing,  and Financial Services, to name but a few.

Further information

This subject may be taught at another Maidenhead Consortium School

For further information please contact Mrs Bristow, Sixth Form Administrator on or on 01628 625308, extension 236.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACGER18
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