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German A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The course not only covers the skills of speaking, reading, writing, translation &  grammar, but also a variety of the following themes:

Social issues & trends:

  1. The changing state of the family
  2. The digital world
  3. Youth culture – fashion, trends, music & TV
  4. Immigration & racism
  5. Politics & history
  6. Cultural heritage

Artistic Trends:

  1. Art & architecture
  2. Festivals & traditions
  3. Cultural life – past & present

One literary text or film

Assessment

For A level languages, we follow the AQA board of assessment. This is a 2 year course with all examinations taking place at the end of the two years. Assessment takes place in the form of three examinations:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Translation into English.

Paper 2: Writing (translation into the target language and one essay on a text or film studied)

Paper 3: Speaking (discussion of one contemporary issue and one cultural topic)

Future opportunities

If you are seeking a career in interpreting or translating, then an A level language is a must! Studying a language at advanced level however also leads itself to a variety of industries and job opportunities in the fields of teaching, travel, tourism, business and marketing. It is well researched that students with an A level language or degree have a distinct advantage at the point of interview and typical earn a higher starting salary than their counterparts.  Many of our MFL students take the subject further onto university. The A Level is diverse in the skills of researching, communicating orally and in writing, leading and taking part in discussion and debate and the production of essays. The skills gained throughout the course are transferrable to many higher education courses and careers.

Further information

As part of the A level course, students may be offered the opportunity to attend university workshops on their chosen language of study, language speaking conferences & visits to the National Theatre for viewings of target language films and or production of plays being studied. Students are also kept informed of work experience opportunities abroad offered by external agencies, enabling the chance to live and work in the country where the languages are spoken. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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