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German A Level at Northampton Academy

Course description

A Modern Foreign Language A Level offers students the opportunity to study a range of literature which gives an insight into the cultural, social, commercial and political background of the country of study. The language of study will also be developed to a high level of fluency both written and spoken offering enjoyment and intellectual stimulation. In addition to the focus on speaking the language confidently and coherently, learners will increase their knowledge of the countries and communities where the language is spoken by their study of language in its cultural, literary and social context as well as through film and literature.

Course content

Our Edexcel A Level in German encourages the development of valuable transferable skills, such as reading, listening, speaking and translation. In addition, learners develop the ability to write critically and analytically about a film and a literary text in the target language. As part of the speaking test, learners are required to conduct individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the country or countries where the language is spoken which will enable them to develop valuable research skills in the language of study. The areas of study reflect learner’s interest as well as deepen their knowledge of issues which are relevant to the target language countries and communities: Stereotypes, equality and gender, Modern world issues, Law and order, Aspects of artistic culture and aspects of political culture. Students will also study grammar in depth.

Entry requirements

At least 5A*- C GCSE’s including a minimum Grade 4 English Language and Mathematics. At least a grade B at GCSE German


Learners take components 01, 02 and 03 to be awarded the Edexcel A Level in German

Component 01: Comprehension / Written paper / Total marks: 80 / 2 hours / 40% of total A Level
- Listening: 30 marks, Reading: 30 marks, Translation into English: 20 marks

Component 02: Writing / total marks: 75 / 2 hours 45 minutes / 30% of total A Level
- Translation into German: 20 marks, Critical essay on a prescribed film or literary text: 50 marks, Literary text essay on a prescribed literary text: 50 marks,  

Component. 03: Speaking / Non-exam assessment (Speaking test) / 21-23 minutes + 5 min prep) / 30% of total A Level
- Discussion of stimulus card: 30 marks, Research project: 42 marks

Future opportunities

The obvious careers for languages students and graduates are as interpreters and translators. Careers in the diplomatic service and telecommunications also often require an aptitude for languages. Language students’ interest in their degree subject often goes beyond a simple desire to understand the language and includes a passion for foreign cultures as well. This could be a great advantage in the business world. Many blue-chip multinational recruiters want employees who have a global outlook and are sensitive to cultural differences. With additional training you could also consider a career in one of these areas: teaching, tourism, business, politics, public relations, human resources, distribution or logistics management, marketing, publishing, journalism, accounting, law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northampton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2017
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