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German A Level at PETROC

Course description

If you enjoyed German at GCSE, this study programme will develop your all round skills focusing on improving your German in the key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. You will extend your knowledge about the life and culture of Germany and German speaking countries.

This course is taught by native speakers so students can acquire correct pronunciation and get used to the pace of speech. About 30% of your classes will take place in the language lab where you can improve your linguistic skills. You will have access to authentic material like press publications, video and audio recordings. In the library, you will have access to dictionaries, books and magazines.

Course content

At AS Level, you’ll explore aspects of German society, like the environment, education, the world of work but also music, media and the role of traditions and festivals like Weihnachten and Karneval. You will also study a gripping Swiss story of revenge entitled ‘The Visit’ and an exciting German film.

In the second year, you’ll cover interesting issues like integration, multiculturalism, society in former East Germany, and Germany since re-unification as well as studying compelling films and literature. Your final exams will include an oral presentation on a subject you have researched and written exams for reading, writing, translation and listening.

Different aspects from a variety of topics about Germany and German speaking countries are studied and you can explore certain topics of your personal interest in depth. You will broaden not only your general knowledge but also the understanding of German, culture and people in the German speaking countries. The course will help you to communicate with confidence in discussions and debates as well as issues from the news. Different aspects from a variety of topics and how they affect life in the 21st century are discovered.

Different aspects from a variety of topics about Germany and German speaking countries are studied and you can explore certain topics of your personal interest in depth. You will broaden not only your general knowledge but also the understanding of German, culture and people in the German speaking countries. The course will help you to communicate with confidence in discussions and debates as well as issues from the news. Different aspects from a variety of topics and how they affect life in the 21st century are discovered.

Students will also study both a film and a piece of literature in both AS and A2 modules.

Entry requirements

A grade B or above in German.

Assessment

At both AS and A2 Level, the speaking test counts for 30% of your total mark and consists of topic discussions. There will also be two written examinations which count for 40% and 30% of your total mark respectively.

At A2 Level you will have another speaking test consisting of a topic discussion and a research project and two more exams to test your listening, reading and writing skills with an extended essay included. There is no coursework required. 
All exams are externally assessed.

In terms of the oral examination in AS, students will be provided with two texts and respond to questions. In A2, students will be asked to plan a presentation and hold a discussion of their choice.

Future opportunities

An A Level in German will give you opportunities either for employment or degree level study at university. You can study a single degree or combine German with another foreign language, English, Law, Business or Media. With a qualification in modern foreign languages, business, law, the civil service, the diplomatic corps and teaching are all open to you.

Further information

Q. Why study a foreign language? 
A. A qualification in a foreign language is a huge asset to all kinds of careers for example in the travel and tourism industry or in business and law. It can open many doors for you. Modern Foreign Languages are highly thought of by universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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