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German AS & A Level at Priestley College

Course description

German is the most widely spoken first language in the European Union. German trade is the largest in Europe and Germany is in the top 5 countries in the world for its trade volumes. This is why it is important for British students to learn German at Advanced level. A recent survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) revealed that German is the most sought-after foreign language by UK employers.

By taking a language like German you are making yourself more employable for the future and you will find it a useful and fascinating language to study. German will combine well with any other subject, and would give you an advantage in university and apprenticeship applications.

Course content

AS German is different to GCSE. You will develop your language skills and talk about your ideas and opinions on a range of social issues and trends that touch young people’s lives in German speaking countries, for example, the changing state of the family, the digital world and youth culture, which includes topics like fashion and image, German music and what is trending on German TV. You will also study a German film in the first year. You will learn about the cultural heritage of  German speaking countries as well as strengthen and extending your knowledge and understanding of grammar.

For A level in the second year you will study issues such as artistic culture, for example multicultural life in Berlin – past and present and aspects of political life in German speaking countries, e.g. the reunification of Germany. You will also study a German book.

Oral Lessons

You will have a 1-to-1 oral lesson per week with our German language assistant. She will support you in developing your speaking skills for the speaking test.

Entry requirements

You should normally have a GCSE grade B in German and at least a grade C / 5 in English Language as well as an average GCSE score of 5.5. You should have sat the Higher Tier GCSE German examinations.


There are no controlled assessments! You will have one oral and two written exams, for each the AS and the Advanced level course. You will also be assessed by your teachers throughout the course, so we can see how you are progressing and provide support where needed. We help you develop the necessary skills to assess and evaluate your own progress by giving you clear feedback and guidance on how to improve.

Future opportunities

Studying German prepares you for any career needing good communication and analytical skills, for example careers in medicine, engineering, law, biochemistry, business and media. You will stand out from the crowd if you apply for a job, for example, in industries linked to science and technology. Universities also highly value applicants with an AS or A2 in German.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to do a week’s work experience in Germany. You will be able to participate in film study sessions at the Cornerhouse cinema in Manchester and attend university German sixth form days, as well as going to the Manchester Christmas Markets.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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