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German A Level at Vyners School

Course description

Britain’s increasingly important role in Europe means that your career prospects could be enhanced if you are a competent linguist.

The syllabus is a natural extension from GCSE and approximately equal stress is laid on each of the four linguistic skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Great importance is attached to the life and culture in Germany.

  • You will be encouraged to make as many visits as possible to countries where German is spoken.
  • We particularly recommend German work experience which can be arranged in a wide range of sectors.
  • You should be prepared to read widely, use German websites to develop listening skills, make personal vocabulary lists, read from German press and magazines and fully exploit facilities offered by certain cinemas in the screening of German films.
  • You will also be attending weekly conversation classes with the assistant.

By the end of the 2 year A Level course you will have a sound grasp of grammatical structure and so be more confident in oral and comprehension skills so valued by employers.

Course content

The general topic areas in Year 1 are:

  • Social issues and trends; the digital world; youth culture; fashion and trends
  • Artistic culture; festivals; traditions; art; architecture, Berlin
  • Grammar; translation into English from German
  • Literary text or film; essay
  • Speaking on one or two topics from the subtopics.

The general topic areas in Year 2 are:

  • Aspects of German speaking society
  • Artistic culture
  • Multiculturalism
  • Aspects of political life grammar
  • Grammar: translation from and into target language
  • Speaking on two sub topics and a discussion card.

Entry requirements

Minimum of Grade B at GCSE German.


Unit 1: Listening, Reading and Writing, 2 hours 30 minutes
Unit 2: Writing: essay on a film and book, 2 hours
Unit 3: Speaking on topics covered in exam, 23 minutes

Future opportunities

Students with A Level can, of course, continue to study languages at university in order to work in a variety of industries and professions.

It is now possible to study almost any subject with German at university and make  yourself more attractive to employers.

Most students will seek work as non-specialists in industry, exporting, marketing, selling or in government jobs perhaps connected with the Diplomatic Service, the Civil Service or the European Community.

Many other sectors also need linguists including travel and tourism, the BBC,  shipping services and voluntary organisations.

Do remember, if you want to work in tourism you really need two foreign languages.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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