German (A Level) (AQA) at Wilson's School
The aims of the course are:
- to develop a high level of communication skills and linguistic competence in German
- to develop awareness of various aspects of a society or societies in which the target language is spoken
- to develop study skills as a preparation for the world of work, further study, training or leisure
- to extend students intellectually
- to be enjoyable, interesting and relevant to the needs of students
The course is modular and it is anticipated that two units will be taken at the end of the lower sixth year. There are four units in all. The first two units form the AS-level and they constitute 50% of the A-level syllabus. The teaching and testing are almost exclusively in German.
A minimum grade 7 in GCSE German.
Each year's assessments consist of Listening, reading, writing and speaking.
The A-level course is intended for those students who want to study the language at university either on a traditional languages course or on one of the many business, scientific, legal or engineering courses which now include a language component. These are a direct result of the growing awareness within business and academic circles of the increasing desirability of advanced skills in at least one foreign language which are clearly now recognised as an asset within the job market.
The aim of the A-level German course is to enable students in the Sixth Form to continue, as their contemporaries in other EU countries do, with the study of a modern European language in a practical context. The ability to communicate in more than one language is becoming increasingly apparent in many aspects of contemporary business and scientific life and this is reflected in the growing number of ‘scientific’ courses at universities which are also offering a language option or element. It is also to be seen as an opportunity to improve your language skills beyond mere ‘tourist’ German and to enable you to hold a conversation, expressing views and opinions, with a native speaker. Employment and career opportunities are greatly enhanced for applicants who can demonstrate a higher level of linguistic competence.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.