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German A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level German is a challenging subject, building on GCSE and emphasising communication at a higher level. Students learn to construct sentences and express themselves competently across a range of contemporary issues. A successful A Level student would be able to read German articles and magazines online or in print, watch German television and video clips, converse in German about current affairs, as well as use social media safely, having gained a broad knowledge of German grammar and an extensive vocabulary.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to study a language must achieve a grade C or higher at GCSE in the language they wish to study.

Assessment

Areas of study include social issues and trends, politics and intellectual and artistic culture. There is also the opportunity to study a film or book, or perhaps both, in depth.

Recent topics have included:

• Social networking: studying changing attitudes.
• Homelessness: discussing a documentary about rich people trying out life on the streets.
• Art: studying German expressionism.
• War and peace: Examining the motives of German young people who travel abroad to fight in wars.

Assessment for A Level German is based on the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The listening and reading examinations draw on authentic sources of spoken and written language, and assess your ability to understand and respond to them. The speaking and writing tasks require effective and accurate communication to convey knowledge and understanding of the culture of German-speaking societies. An independent research project forms part of the preparation for the speaking examination, while the written examination includes a translation task.

Future opportunities

German graduates are in very high demand. Students typically progress to study German with another language, possibly Spanish or Italian, or even Arabic at university. German can also be combined with a large number of subjects such as Business, Law, Engineering or Maths. These combinations can be highly sought after.

Language based careers:

• Teaching in schools, colleges, university.
• Translation and interpreting.
• Working with a language in a sales or export environment, in business development or as a logistics specialist, working abroad or in a multinational company.

Other careers:

A degree in languages also gives access to a wide range of other careers, for which further training might be required. These include business, accountancy, law, and industry. Typically a graduate might join a company after university. Employers value language degrees for communication skills and intercultural awareness.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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