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German A Level at Sunderland College

Course description

This course is for people who have previously studied German at GCSE and would like to develop their ability and enthusiasm within the language.

Course content

You’ll develop your German language skills through learning based around two key areas:

Leisure and Lifestyles (including travel and tourism, sport, hobbies, entertainment, customs, traditions, healthy living – health and nutrition, diet and exercise; unhealthy living – drugs, aids, smoking, alcohol, etc)

The Individual and Society (including relationships and responsibilities, gender issues, youth culture (values, peer groups, fashions and trends etc.), education, vocational training and future careers)

You’ll also develop awareness and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where German is spoken.


Entry requirements

You’ll need five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths or English, with a grade B or above in German.


You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and work with a partner or in small groups as much as possible.

You will practise speaking, listening, reading and writing and will make full use of our excellent language resources including internet facilities in the learning centre. Classes will be conducted mainly in the language studied. Grammar will be taught both in English and in German with significant lecturer input.


Future opportunities

This course will provide you with a sufficient basis for the further study of languages at degree level or equivalent.

Many university courses allow you to combine the study of a main subject (e.g. Law) with a foreign language, thereby making you even more attractive on the jobs market.

Language skills open up many interesting career opportunities. Traditionally, language specialists have worked as translators, interpreters and teachers, but there are many other fields in which their skills are highly valued. These include business (e.g. export sales, bilingual PA), journalism, travel and transport (e.g. tour guide, air cabin crew, freight forwarder), and the civil service.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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