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German A Level at Ossett Academy and Sixth Form College

Course description

The A-level German specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It constitutes an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and society. Students will focus on how German-speaking society has been shaped socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries. In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, alongside the German political landscape, both in relation to Germany itself and its place in Europe. The past and its role in shaping the present is viewed through the reunification and its consequences while the focus on young people and politics looks forward to shaping the future of German-speaking countries. Students will also study both a film and a novel which, feedback from students tells us, are particularly interesting aspects of the course. There is a bigger focus on grammar at A Level than at GCSE and this encourages students to communicate with greater independence and accuracy as well as facilitating a general understanding of how languages work, including English.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in maths and English. Students must have studied German at GCSE and achieved at least a C grade.

Assessment

Students are assessed in listening, reading and translation (50%), writing (20%) and speaking (30%). All examinations will take place at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and more people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. The importance of German within the EU is clear and in a post-Brexit Europe, young people with qualifications in languages, and in particular German, will become increasingly desirable. An A Level qualification in German can lead to excellent career opportunities and undergraduate degrees in many disciplines. German has been designated a ‘facilitating subject’ by the Russell Group, which means it opens doors to a wide range of higher education courses, even if it is not studied directly at the university. Studying languages at A Level also cultivates a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are invaluable to students wishing to go on to higher education or employment.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 September 2017
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    • A Warm and Welcoming Environment                              

      At Ossett we realise how important your learning environment is and how the facilities that we provide can help successfully support you in your studies.  Through Student Voice we have worked together to create a warm and welcoming Sixth Form Centre, which houses purpose-built classrooms and an Independent Learning Centre, where students also benefit from state-of-the-art ICT facilities, free Wi-Fi access.  We have also recently added a second Sixth Form study facility which provides additional space and ICT access for independent study.  The Lounge café and Post 16 Common Room provides a great place to eat, and comes complete with 2 large TV screens, network points and student lockers.  It’s the ideal place to meet with friends and take a break from your studies.

      The Independent Learning Centre and Post 16 iBase

      Housed within the Sixth Form Centre you will find the Independent Learning Centre, or ILC, which is heavily used throughout the day by all our Sixth Form students. Here you will find a range of paper-based and electronic resources which have been specifically selected by subject staff to help support you in your independent study. If you need help with subject specific references, producing a presentation or simply in need of a photocopy then our full-time Post-16 Learning Mentor is on hand throughout the day to ensure that you are fully supported in your access to important information. Whether you need time for quiet private study or maybe some group work, the ILC provides private study booths and communal areas to allow students to work in different ways. The ILC also provides fantastic ICT facilities, with a full ICT suite, free Wi-Fi access and netbook loan. All students have access to a dedicated careers' advisor who is available to help students make decisions about their future progression.  The facilities on offer in the ILC have recently been extended to iBase which is used exclusively by Post 16 students and offers study support for all students throughout the college day.

      In need of breakfast before your first lesson, a filling tasty lunch or maybe just a coffee at break time then you’ll find what you are looking for at The Lounge - our student centred café housed within the Sixth Form Centre. From subs to soup, pasta to pizzas we cater for all tastes, providing the foods that you like to eat at an affordable price.