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German A Level at Varndean College

Course description

German classes are varied and dynamic, including lots of conversation practice, role plays and grammar exercises to help you become a fluent speaker.  You will use a wide range of resources, develop your language skills and broaden your knowledge of German culture. 

National statistics prove that if you have a language qualification you have a significantly greater chance of being employed and of landing the best jobs and yet only one in ten people continue with a language after GCSE.  So if you speak German, you will be in demand in just about every field of employment.  Make sure you are one of the people who have that advantage!

Course content

Year 1:

Theme 1: Social development in Germany

  • Nature and the Environment
  • Education
  • The world of work

Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in the German-speaking world.

  • Music
  • Media
  • The role of traditions and festivals

Year 2:

Theme 3: Immigration and German multi-cultural society.

  • The positive impact of immigration
  • The challenges of immigration and integration.
  • The Reaction to Immigration in Society and Government.

Theme 4: The Reunification of Germany

  • Society in the GDR before the Reunification.
  • Events leading up to the Reunification.
  • Germany post 1989.


Entry requirements

Standard advanced course rquirements plus grade B in GCSE German or an equivalent.


100% exam

Future opportunities

Towards fluency in the language, further study of the language at degree level or as part of a degree and towards far greater opportunities for employment in the future.  Other modern languages can be studied at degree level if you prove your competence in any language at Advanced Level.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to participate in a trip abroad, for example, Berlin or Vienna. There are weekly conversation sessions in small groups or in pairs with the language assistant. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Varndean College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2017
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      Teaching and Learning is at the heart of the successful partnerships between students and staff here and we are proud of the skilled and imaginative approaches to teaching taken by our staff to make learning exciting.

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