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German A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

Studying A-level German will help students develop their confidence and communicative skills in the language and build upon the skills acquired at GCSE. The course will also enhance their knowledge and understanding of the culture of the country together with German-speaking countries and study the issues and influences which have shaped their cultural identities. Our aim is to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for learning German and to encourage students to consider German within a broader context.

Students will have 5 lessons per week, and will become proficient in the use of the language lab. In addition to standard lessons, there will also be a 30 minute compulsory weekly lesson with the German assistant to provide additional opportunity for students to become more proficient in their speaking. The Department organises a Year 12 exchange with our partner school Albertus Magnus Gymnasium in Viernheim, near Frankfurt.

The A-level course will enable students to see how German speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally and how it continues to change. In the first year of the course, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of the artistic life of German speaking countries.  In the second year further aspects of social backgrounds are covered, focusing in particular on issues such as life for those on the margins of German speaking society, as well as looking at the positive influences that diversity brings. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a German speaking country looking at immigration from the political perspective. Students will also study texts and film and will have the opportunity to carry out independent research on an area of their choice.

Course content

Year 1

Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture, fashion, music and TV

Artistic culture

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • The cultural life of Berlin- past and present

Year 2

Aspects of German-speaking society: current issues

  • Multiculturalism in the German Speaking countries
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism

Artistic Culture

  • Aspects of the political life in Germany
  • Germany within the EU
  • Youth politics
  • The German re-unification its consequences

Entry requirements

 A grade 6 in GCSE German. German national or part German national students who do not have German GCSE but can speak the language well will be considered.


Examination Board - AQA

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation skills (German - English and English - German) (2 hours 30 minutes) 50% of A-level
  • Paper 2: Writing – 2 essays, one on literary text and one on film (2 hours) 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3: Speaking which will include students presenting their findings from their individual research project (21- 23 minutes, including 5 minutes of preparation time) 30% of A-level

The speaking exam will be conducted by the subject teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years