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German AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

Learning a language has many benefits. Among the benefits, this new specification is designed to encourage students to: Develop the knowledge and skills acquired at GCSE level and therefore use German in a wide range of contexts: Gain a useful insight into another culture and reflect on various aspects of contemporary society. Enhance their employment prospects, facilitate foreign travel and experience the enjoyment and motivation of improving their linguistic level. Students who are interested in studying/learning about other languages and cultures should discuss this further with languages staff.

Course content

The AS course will cover the following topics: • Aspects of German speaking society (the role of the family and marriage, the digital world and youth culture) • Artistic culture (festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin) • Study of a German film The A level course will also cover the following topics: • Multiculturalism in Germany (immigration, integration and racism) • Political life in the German speaking world (the role of Germany in the EU, politics and youth, German reunification) • Study of a German literary text • An individual research project relating to German speaking society of the student’s choice.

Entry requirements

Grade B in German, showing evidence of your linguistic ability in higher level tasks at GCSE.


AS and linear A level each have 2 units. All 4 skills - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing - will be assessed through exams.

Future opportunities

You can take a university language course, languages can be combined with a wide range of other subjects and there are many courses that take place at universities in more than one country, or where languages form a module. Many jobs find foreign languages useful, with opportunities in Europe and worldwide. Key language careers are travel and tourism, interpreting, translating, teaching, law, engineering, marketing and sales. In addition to A level German, you can take up a new foreign language (Italian or Spanish) at GCSE in the Sixth Form. This course is open to you whether you do a language at A level or not. It has a fast pace, but is fun and highly motivating.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years