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German AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

The Modern Languages department aims to further broaden and develop the enthusiasm and dedication of talented linguists. Initially, you will communicate in greater depth on familiar topics, such as Leisure and Lifestyle. Topics will then broaden to encompass the study of social, political an environmental issues as well as a choice of world cinema, world literature or local geography, enabling students to better participate in a multilingual, global society.

We see grammar as an integral part of language learning and expect prospective students to have a sound working knowledge of basic constructions such as the main tenses and the concept of word order in the foreign language, although some time will be devoted to revising the fundamentals before further extending your knowledge.

The spirit and atmosphere of the lessons revolves around the use and understanding of the target language: communication for a real purpose.

The varied mode of delivery reflects our wide range of resources. As a Specialist Language College we have access to state of the art facilities in the new multimedia language laboratory. Our dedicated language room is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and have access to the internet. We also use a mixture of textbook material, DVDs and web sites. Newspapers and magazines from the target country are also used to foster an interest in the culture and current affairs of the country.

Entry requirements

It is essential that students have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE Level in their chosen language.

Assessment

Unit 1: Oral (15 mins)

  • 20% of A Level (40% of AS)
  • Externally set and marked. Topic based conversation and general conversation

Unit 2: Listening, reading and writing examination (2.5 hours)

  • 30% of A Level (60% of AS)
  • Externally set and marked examinations

Unit 3: Oral (20 mins)

  • 20% of A Level
  • Externally set and marked. Structured discussion and oral expose

Unit 4: Listening, reading and writing examination (3 hours)

  • 30% of A Level
  • Externally set and marked examinations

Future opportunities

94% of the world’s population does not speak English as their first language. 75% do not speak English at all. It’s a multilingual world and UK companies are now realising that they need foreign languages to compete when trading internationally. According to recruitment agencies, salary uplift for those using languages at work can be anything from 8% to 20% depending on how central languages are to the role. Practically any job can involve languages, whether it’s based in the UK or abroad.

The A-level specification provides a sufficient basis for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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