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German A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study German?

Languages are all around us; they are used in so many situations whether at work, on holiday or just casually in day-to-day life - we live in a multilingual global society. The aim of the A Level modern language course is to help you to develop an interest in speaking a foreign language, to gain awareness of the need to speak foreign languages, to appreciate the nature and diversity of different cultures and people and to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding for practical use, further study and employment.

Choosing an A-level language is a really smart move if you want a fascinating subject that offers you a range of career possibilities at the end and is a lot of fun along the way. You already know how essential languages are for integrating in a culture and getting the most out of your experience; you'll get more of a taste of life in a different country. Languages can take you to some wonderful places and give you many brilliant opportunities. German could take you to Switzerland, Austria, Namibia . . . and is the employers’ favoured MFL A Level, giving you an edge for career opportunities in business.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

A Level languages build upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of using your language in a variety of contexts and situations - at home, abroad, with friends or in the workplace. At A Level German, you will study current trends and issues (for example new technologies) in German-speaking society, as well as political and artistic culture (including a film) in the German-speaking world. In Year 13 you will complete an individual research project. With around nine hours of class time a fortnight dedicated to learning your language, you will rapidly make noticeable improvements not only in your speaking and writing ability but also in your understanding and use of grammar and more advanced vocabulary. You will also have an individual weekly speaking session with a German native speaker.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Five 4s, and a 6 in German.  

Assessment

This is a two year linear course, assessed by examination at the end of Year 13. Examinations are as follows:

Skills assessed

Duration

Marks

% of

A Level

Paper 1

Listening, reading, writing and translation into and out of German

2 hours 30 mins

100

50%

Paper 2

Writing

2 hours

80

20%

Paper 3

Speaking

23 mins max (including 5 mins’ preparation time)

60

30%

 

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

Studying languages teaches you all the skills that employers look for: an analytical mind; good thought process; amazing memory capacity; fantastic cultural and intercultural awareness; good communication; great team player to name just a few. Languages are an invaluable skill to have and having a language can increase your salary by as much as 20% and gives you a head start on other potential employees. Speaking another language means you are vital to any company who does international business. You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations, not just the obvious ones of teaching, interpreting and translating: doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas; businessmen, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market; politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please contact the Head of Department Mrs A Roberts (amr@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk or 01480 375700 ext 5716) for further information.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Gm

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