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A Level German at King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford

Course description

  •  To give students strategies to communicate confidently in spoken and written German using varied and increasingly more complex language.
  •  To study the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of Germany and German speaking countries, with an introduction to the literature, including poetry and short narratives.

Course content

The course is Topic based. In the first year, students look at:

  •  Daily life; food and drink (German cuisine, healthy eating and health-related problems of poor nutrition); world of work, education, school and school life
  •  The role and influence of the media and the cinema, modern and classic; advertising; the arts; literature
  •  Sport and pastimes; travel; transport; holiday tourism; tourism and the environment; human interest news items using daily news broadcasts from German satellite television, radio and the press.

In the second year, in addition to continuing with human interest news items, students look at:

  •  Social issues (e.g. urban and rural life, housing problems, unemployment, immigration, equal opportunity issues, religion); drama and presentations are used
  •  The environment (environmental awareness, pollution, conservation; German approaches to environmental issues
  •  Law and order (crime, role of the police, juvenile delinquency, protests and demonstrations)
  •  Politics (Germany after unification, immigration, Neo-Nazi influence in the eastern counties, Austria and Switzerland); philosophy of
  •  Technology and scientific advances; electronic communications, satellites, space exploration (Ariane) treatment of diseases and ethical problems arising from medical progress)
  •  The Second World War from a German perspective, including modern literacy perspectives.


AS = 50%; A2 = 50%: There is no coursework.

AS: Unit 1 SPEAKING 30%


  •  A good understanding of grammar points covered at GCSE, a willingness to engage with complex grammar
  •  Ability and maturity to work independently and the initiative to pursue individual areas of interest
  •  Willingness to use German in small groups and in discussion is also central
  •  Determination to work steadily and independently throughout the course, particularly in coursework
  •  An interest in communicating with students in Germany and discovering more about the country and its culture using E-Mail links and exchanges/visits

Future opportunities

A second language is an asset to any career choice. German can be studied with most other subjects at university. Studying German will develop intra- and interpersonal skills, sharpen critical awareness and give students the confidence and competence to rely on their own knowledge base in challenging situations. German is a central language of the European Union institutions and one of the most important commercial European languages spoken widely in Eastern Europe. The European Central Bank is in Frankfurt.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford directly.

Last updated date: 01 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years