German A Level at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School
The specification requires students to develop competence in the five skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing and Translation. There will be a greater emphasis on grammar than at GCSE but also room for spontaneity. Students will study four topic areas which are German society, politics and culture in German speaking countries, immigration and the multicultural society, and the unification of Germany. The four themes are studied alongside two literary texts.
PAPER 1 – 9GN0/1 (=40%)
Listening, reading and translation (1h50mins)
Listening assessment based on a recording, a reading assessment based on a variety of text types and translation of an unseen passage from German to English.
Unit 2 – 9GN0/2 (=30%)
Written response to work and translation (2h40mins) Translation of an unseen passage from English into German, two essays on two literary texts. The texts are set by the exam board and students have the choice between two questions for each.
PAPER 1 – 9GN0/3 (=30%)
Speaking (21 – 23 mins) Discussion of a theme from the specification, presentation and discussion of independent research.
The Faculty stipulates at least a grade A at GCSE in the requisite language (German) for admission to these courses, and a grade A or better in the writing section of the exam is also a good indicator of success at this level.
A myriad of teaching materials are used, including textbooks, newspaper/magazine articles, DVDs and the internet. There will be one mandatory conversation class a week with the language assistant (in preparation for the oral exam.). Facilities include multimedia language laboratories and a wide range of resources in the Library, from cartoons to history, both books and DVDs.
Many Modern Language students go on to study language related courses at university, an increasingly popular option given the ever increasing importance of language skills in our society. Indeed, Modern Languages certainly make any student more marketable, both in terms of higher education and employment.
All Modern Languages on offer combine readily with virtually all subjects available within the sixth form. In the past, language students have pursued a wide and eclectic range of complementary subjects. Suffice it to say, it is extremely rare to find a selection of disciplines that would not be beneficially augmented by a language ‘A’ level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Coopers' Company and Coborn School directly.