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German AS/A2 Level 3 at Highsted Grammar School

Course description

The AS course in German is designed to enable you to develop your reading, listening, speaking and writing skills via study of four topics: the Media, Popular Culture (cinema, music and fashion), Healthy Living and Family and Relationships. You will have the opportunity to watch a variety of German films, listen to modern and traditional German music and study a range of authentic materials as part of the course.

At all stages, the emphasis is on giving you the skills that you need to understand and use the foreign language to communicate effectively, to give your opinions and, at A2, to argue a case. We hope that you will be able to take part in the German exchange in either Year 12 or Year 13 to help develop your speaking skills in a real life situation.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a B at GCSE. There is a considerable increase in difficulty from GCSE to A-level and potential students should be aware that full participation in lessons, including conversation classes with the assistant, is successful for a smooth transition. If you are determined and work hard, there is no reason why you should not succeed.

To do well at A Level German, you need to be well-organised. Independent work will take many different forms, including vocabulary learning, listening comprehension, reading, grammar exercises, preparation for speaking tasks and written work. Each type of task is equally important, even though the results, for example of vocabulary learning, are not necessarily immediately obvious.

To achieve really good grades, you also need to take an interest in wider aspects of life in Germany or other German-speaking countries. During the AS year, you should be starting to read articles from German newspapers and magazines regularly, to watch films or television and listen to the radio to broaden your knowledge both of vocabulary and of the society you are studying. You also need to develop the ability to use resource materials such as a dictionary effectively.

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: 20 May 2014
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