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German AS & A Level at Biddenham Upper School and Sports College

Course description

The course aims to develop an understanding of up to date language and contemporary issues from authentic sources, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, songs and the Internet. The target language is used most of the time, in the classroom and in conversation with an Assistant. ‘Taking part’ is vital for success. Students are encouraged to visit a country where the language is spoken and to take part in the county sixth form exchange programme. In addition, A level linguists are encouraged to apply for the county work experience scheme, whereby you can spend 2 weeks working in a German firm. In previous years, Biddenham students have worked in offices, factories and banks gaining tremendous experience and giving themselves a most interesting CV.

Course content

Topics covered at AS:

  • Media: TV, advertising and communication technology.
  • Popular culture: cinema, music and fashion/trends.
  • Healthy living/lifestyle: sport/exercise, health and wellbeing and holidays.
  • Family/relationships: relationships within the family, friendships and marriage/partnerships.

Topics covered at A2:

  • Environment: pollution, energy and protecting the planet.
  • The multicultural society: immigration, integration and racism.
  • Contemporary social issues: wealth and poverty, law and order and the impact on scientific and technological progress.
  • Cultural topic: the study of region/community, the study of a period of 20th century history, the study of a novelist/dramatist/poet, the study of a director/architect/musician/painter all in the context of the target language/country/community.

Entry requirements

  • German GCSE at grade B or above.

It cannot be denied that there is quite a leap between GCSE and the AS level course, but no more in Languages than with any of your subjects. Alevel courses demand a greater level of selfmotivation and an ability to act on your own initiative; if you possess these qualities then we would welcome you to the Languages Department to discuss your plans. We will be happy to show you the course books and would encourage you to chat to students who are currently following the course.

Successful completion of AS level. Pupils achieving Grade D or below at AS should contact the Department to discuss the possibility of retaking AS units whilst following the A2 Course


Assessment for the AS level examination is via two examinations:

  • Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing (2hrs).
  • Unit 2: Speaking Test (35 minutes, includes 20 minutes preparation).

N.B. This is a 1 year course leading to an AS level qualification. This can be used as a standalone
qualification or the first part of a full A level.

Assessment for the A2 level examination is via two examinations:

  • Unit 3: Listening, Reading and writing (2.5hrs).
  • Unit 4: Speaking Test (35 minutes, including 20 minutes preparation time).

Financial information

You are expected to have a good, sixth form standard, bilingual dictionary and a grammar workbook (the title of which you will be told at the start of the course).

It is anticipated that students will travel to the target language country either through trips arranged by the Department or via the county run exchanges or work experience. Costs will vary depending on the nature of the trip.

Day trips to language immersion conferences take place in Year 13. The cost of this is usually less than £20, plus travel to London.

Future opportunities

Statistics show that students of foreign languages have access to a greater number of career possibilities and develop a deeper understanding of their own and other cultures. The benefits to society are many: individuals fluent in other languages enhance our economic competitiveness abroad, improve global communication, and, some would add, maintain our political and security interests.

Universities offer not only degree courses in one or more languages. Some degrees integrate the study of a language with other subjects such as European/ International Studies, Business Studies or Leisure and Tourism. Other courses combine language study with another subject e.g. Marine Sciences with French, Spanish and Computer Science. You may even take specialist language options which relate directly to your main course of study e.g. French for lawyers, German for Engineers.

Further information

Course contact: Mrs C Piotrowski,

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Biddenham Upper School and Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2016

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