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German A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

Core content

Social issues and trends | Political and artistic culture
Grammar | Works: Literary texts and films
Paper 1 assessment: Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes | 100 marks | 50% of A-level

Paper 2 assessment: Writing
Assesssed by one text and one film or two texts from the list set
in the specification

Grammar assessment:
Written exam: 2 hours | 80 marks in total | 20% of A-level

• Either one question in German on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in German on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in German on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.
• All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied.

No access to texts or films during the assessment.

Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3 assessment: Speaking
Students complete an individual research project assessed by:
Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
| 60 marks in total | 30% of A-level

The project will follow one of four sub-themes ie Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German- speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society

• Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
• Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).

No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).

Students may take the assessment only once before certification.
Assessments will be conducted by either the centre or a visiting examiner and marked by an AQA examiner.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at Grades 9-6 including German Grade 9-6.

Future opportunities

Germany is the most important trading partner for many European and non-European countries. Businesses are eager to recruit people with language qualifications. German at AS and A Level can act as a valuable passport qualification to a wide range of careers, including engineering, law, journalism, finance, Civil Service, trade and industry, teaching, interpreting and translating.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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