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German at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Studying foreign languages is a great opportunity and really makes a candidate stand
out from the crowd in the future. The skills it develops are great for memory, logic and communication, both in the target language and in English; and language qualifications are extremely valued in our modern, interconnected world, both by employers and universities. A Level German helps students develop confident, effective communication skills in German, as well as a thorough understanding of the culture and communities where German is spoken; from in-depth analysis of a German-language film, to immigration and racism, to the position of Germany in the European Union.

Course content

As well as learning German grammar, the subject content is delivered through two 'themes', each studies in two sub-themes through a range of texts and media; a set film and a set text, and an individually selected research project.
Theme 1 – Social issues and trends
Aspects of German-speaking society:
  • The changing nature of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture, fashion and trends, music, television
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society:
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism
Theme 2 – Political and artistic culture
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world:
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present
Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world:
  • Germany and the European Union
  • Politics and youth
  • German re-unification and its consequences
Set film and set text
Goodbye Lenin! is the funny and moving story of Alex, a young man living in Berlin at the time of reunification. His mother awakes from a coma after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and to spare her any shock, Alex must pretend that the Wall is still standing and Communism still rules in East Germany.
Der Vorleser is the set text which explores the extraordinary relationship between 15 year old Michael and Hanna, a woman twice his age. Many years after their affair ends, Michael encounters Hanna again, in a courtroom where she is on trial for hideous war crimes. Michael gradually realises his boyhood love may be guarding a secret she considers to be more shameful than murder.
 Students study the characters and issues raised by the film, in order to develop and express critical opinions towards it.
Individual research project
Students select their own focus for an extended research project, which they explore in depth to provide material for their discussion in the speaking examination. This project is designed to develop their research skills, and allow them to take further a topic of personal interest.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Paper 1 – Listening reading and writing
Exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes
100 marks
50% of A Level
Paper 2 – Writing
Written exam: 2 hours
80 marks
20% of A Level
Paper 3 – Speaking
Speaking exam: 21-23 minutes in length, based on research project
60 marks
30% of A Level


Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Modern Languages is both highly regarded and highly sought-after as an academic discipline by universities. It is also an extremely useful tool for the modern business world in such areas as engineering, sales, import and the hotel and leisure industries. Careers utilising Modern Languages are many and varied.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September