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German A-Level at St John Payne Catholic School

Course description


The course is made up of 2 units.

Unit 1: Understanding and Written Response in German 70% of ‘AS’ marks – externally assessed

Students are required to understand and convey their understanding of German texts and recordings based upon a variety of topic areas. They must also write an essay based on a short German stimulus.

The topic areas are:

  • Media
  • Popular culture
  • Healthy living/lifestyle
  • Family/relationships

Unit 2: Spoken Expression and Response in German 30% of ‘AS’ marks – externally assessed

Students will need to demonstrate that they can engage in a discussion in German that relates to a general topic area chosen in advance from the list above. They must then respond to a number of questions related to the other three topics.


This course is made up of 2 units. 

Unit 3: Research/Understanding and Written Response in German 35% of ‘A’ Level marks – externally assessed 

This unit requires students to demonstrate skills in advance Level German writing and translation, as well as listening and reading skills. 

The content of this unit will be linked to the same topic areas as those covered at ‘AS’ Level as well as the following: 

  • Environment 
  • The multicultural society 
  • Contemporary social issues

Unit 4: Understanding and Spoken Response in German 15% of ‘A’ Level marks – externally assessed 

Material requirements for the course: 

  • Students should buy a large bilingual dictionary and may also find a monolingual dictionary useful. 

Final points for consideration: 

  • Dictionaries and open texts are not allowed in any examinations. 
  • Students are encouraged to spend some time in overseas during the course. An extended visit is of great value in helping to develop all skill areas, but particularly useful as a preparatory aid to the oral examination. 
  • Students opting for these courses should have achieved at least GCSE ‘A’ grade in their Higher Tier Writing Examination/Coursework. A good grade at GCSE English is also desirable. 

This unit requires students to demonstrate the effectiveness of their German skills by presenting and taking a clear stance on any issue of their choice. 

They will be expected to use the language of debate and argument, defend their views and sustain discussion as the examiner moves the conversation away from their chosen issue.

Entry requirements

Please note the minimum requirement to study AS levels at our Sixth Form is a GCSE points score of 42 points from your best 8 GCSE results. We award 8 points for an A* grade, 7 points for a grade A, 6 points for a grade B, 5 points for a grade C, 4 points for a grade D, 3 points for a grade E, 2 points for a grade F and 1 point for a grade G.

Subject Specific

German B (A in written and oral examinations)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Payne Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

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