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German A level at Sharnbrook Academy

Course description

The course is for any student who is interested in the German speaking world, its culture, its language, its people, its life, and who would like to achieve a much higher level of fluency.

Course content

Fluency in a foreign language is undoubtedly a tremendous asset and one which employers from all sectors highly value in prospective employees. As a result, the German A Level course places a great emphasis on oral work and there is plenty of opportunity to talk about all aspects of life and culture in German speaking countries. You will be introduced to a wide range of topics taken from authentic materials and you will learn about the issues which concern young people in Germany today (see below for topic areas). In addition, you will study up to two German films in detail and two German literary texts. You will also follow an advanced grammar course to improve accuracy and fluency. An active approach is key to success in German A Level. Students are encouraged to take part in the exchange or sixth form trip to Germany as well as participate in many extracurricular opportunities.

Topic Areas

Aspects of German speaking society:

  • The changing state of the family,
  • the digital world,
  • Youth Culture

Artistic culture in the German speaking world:

  • Festivals and traditions,
  • Art and Architecture,
  • Cultural life in Berlin

Multiculturalism in German speaking society:

  • Immigration,
  • Integration,
  • Racism

Aspects of political life in the German speaking world: 

  • Germany and the European Union,
  • Politics and Youth,
  • German re-unification and its consequences

Entry requirements

All students must meet the minimum entry requirements which are:

  • a minimum of five GCSE passes at A* to C, plus mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.
  • ECDL or an equivalent IT course where studied. Please note that, where a student wishes to take at least one A level course and has level 2 BTEC qualifications, those level 2 BTEC qualifications can only count for up to a maximum of two of the required GCSE passes at A* to C, or mathematics and English language at level 4 or above.

In addition to the general entrance requirements for advanced level study, it is essential that students have taken the higher tier reading and listening in GCSE German.  It is highly desirable for students to achieve a grade A at GCSE, particularly in their writing exam.  Students who achieve a grade B at GCSE will need to discuss their application to study German at A level with their languages teacher, or, for students joining the sixth form from other schools, with the Head of Department.


Paper 1: Listening, Reading, Writing:

  • 50% of A-level
  • 2hr 30 min exam paper
  • Includes translation into English and translation into German of approximately 100 words.

Paper 2: Writing:

  • 20 % of A-level
  • Essay on either one text + one film, or two questions on texts.
  • Choice of 2 questions.
  • Approximately 300 words per essay

Paper 3: Speaking exam:

  • 30% of A-level
  • 5-6 min discussion of one of the A-level sub themes based on a stimulus card
  • Individual research project: presentation (2 mins) & discussion (9-10 mins)

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A good dictionary (eg Collins) could be advantageous; however, with online resources such as, it is no longer a prerequisite.

Participation in any German sixth form trips (e.g. our exchange to Hamburg) is an invaluable experience proven to help students gain in confidence and speaking ability.

Future opportunities

In today‚Äôs global society, all professions place value on an employee showing competence in a foreign language.  The business sector, the government, politics and public sector, law and human rights, charity organisations, teaching, journalism, tourism and the media industry are all recognised as career possibilities where knowledge of a foreign language would be highly useful.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2017

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