German A Level at Blyth Academy
In the first year students will study four topics in depth. These are Media, Popular Culture, Healthy Living and Relationships. These build on course content at GCSE Level and cover a wide range of interesting and engaging issues. The common thread amongst these topics is discovering how to express information and exchange opinions at a personal level and learning how to understand individual views on these everyday topics.
In the second year students explore the language more deeply through four more contemporary topics. These are Environment, the Multicultural Society, Social Issues and Culture. These develop the knowledge and understanding built up in the first year of the course, whilst covering a wide range of fascinating and compelling issues. Once again, students will research, present and exchange opinions at a personal level and gain an even greater understanding of foreign culture in a variety of contexts and seƫngs.
The course has been designed to give students a deeper understanding of their chosen language. Not only will students know more about the mechanics of the language – like grammar and vocabulary – but also about how people live and use language on a day‐to‐day basis.
The second year is very similar.
Students are required to achieve a minimum of B grade in German.
In the first year, assessment is in two parts: There is a 2 hour examination which includes Listening, Reading and Writing. This accounts for 70% of the marks for the year. Then there is a 15 minute Speaking Test, which accounts for 30% of the marks for the year.
The Listening, Reading and Writing examination lasts for 2 hours and 45 minutes and accounts for 70% of the marks for the year. Then, as in the first year, the Speaking Test lasts 15 minutes and accounts for 30% of the marks for the year. Speaking Tests in both years contain elements in which students can choose their own topics and prepare in advance.
Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, the Advanced Level Language course can help to prepare for many career paths. The course is an ideal foundation for study in Higher Education or indeed for employment. For those who want to specialise in Language, there is Teaching, Interpreting and Translating. In addition, a huge variety of careers in the Travel and Tourism industry will open up to successful and enthusiastic linguists.
Careers in almost every direction will require and use communication skills which are developed in Modern Languages, whether in Engineering, Design, Business or Humanities. Higher Education courses combining other subjects like Maths, Science and Technology with language study are now more in demand than ever before.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blyth Academy directly.