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German AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

The course consists of 4 themes: 

  • Theme 1: Changes in German society
  • Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in German-speaking countries
  • Theme 3: Immigration and multicultural society in Germany
  • Theme 4: The reunification of Germany

Course content

Theme 1: Changes in German society

  • Theme 1 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
  • Nature and the Environment
  • Education
  • The world of work

Theme 2: Political and artistic culture in German-speaking countries

  • Theme 2 is set in the context of German-speaking countries and communities. This theme covers artistic culture (through music and festivals and traditions) and political and artistic culture (through media).
  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals and traditions

Theme 3: Immigration and multicultural society in Germany

  • Theme 3 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers social issues and trends.
  • The positive impact of immigration on German society
  • The challenges of immigration and integration in Germany
  • The Right Wing

Theme 4: The reunification of Germany    

  • Theme 4 is set in the context of Germany only. This theme covers political culture.
  • Life in East Germany prior to   unification
  • Events leading to the reunification
  • Germany since unification

Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Translation – 40% of the total mark /2HRS

In the Listening part of this paper, you will answer multiple choice and comprehension questions In German on a variety of recordings. In the Reading section, you will also answer multiple choice and comprehension questions in German, based on a variety of passages. You will also translate a passage from German to English.

Paper 2: Written response to works, grammar and translation – 30% of the total mark / 2HRS 40MINS

In this paper, you will write about two books or one book and a film that you have studied throughout the year. There will also be a translation passage from English to German.

Paper 3: Speaking – 30% of the total mark – 21/23 MINS

Before this exam you will have 5 minutes to prepare a discussion based on a stimulus card you have been given. You will then discuss the topic of the card with your examiner. Then you will give a presentation on an independent research project you will have conducted and answer further questions on the topic.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

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

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