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German at Bay House School and Sixth Form

Course description

German is the language at the centre of the economic and political life of Europe.

This two year course will develop your skills to communicate effectively in German  and help you to understand the country now at the heart of the world’s most important economic grouping.

The course will enable you to develop your understanding of social issues and trends and broaden your knowledge of the cultural, political and artistic life of German speaking countries. You will study aspects of cinema and literature.

Students have regular sessions with a native speaker and there will be an opportunity to join a trip to Germany during the course

Course content

AS Level  

Being a young person in German-speaking society

  • Family structures, traditional and modern values, friendships/relationships
  • Youth trends, issues and personal identity
  • Educational and employment opportunities

Understanding the German speaking world

  • Regional culture and heritage in Germany, German speaking countries and communities
  • Literature, art, film and music in the German -speaking world


A Level (in addition to AS themes above)

Diversity and difference

  • Migration and integration
  • Cultural identity and marginalisation
  • Cultural enrichment and celebrating difference
  • Discrimination and diversity

The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards

  •  Initial and subsequent process of reunification
  • Social cohesion in present-day Germany
  • Artistic and political movements
  • Economic impact of a united Germany

Entry requirements

  • English Language - C
  • German – B
  • At least one B grade in another literate subject


AS Level              

  • Unit 1: Oral AS 30 %                             
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation  AS 50 %               
  • Unit 3: Critical response in writing AS 20 per cent  


A Level

  • Unit 1: Oral  A Level 30 %
  • Unit 2: Listening, reading and translation  A Level 50 %
  • Unit 3: Critical and analytical response in writing A Level 20 %

Further information

Independent home study

Tasks for study outside classes will include reading German websites and articles; making use of self-study resources including listening to CDs and German radio, accessing the materials on Bay House Learning; researching topics independently through the Library and internet; grammar practice, and working individually with the German Assistant.

Visits abroad

Students will be encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to visit Germany through a school visit to Berlin.  Alternatively, they may make private travel arrangements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bay House School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2016

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