German A Level at Keswick School
German combines well with a whole host of other subjects. It can be of particular use to students who are studying science, history, business, geography and arts/humanities subjects; in other words, it goes well with all subjects either as a specialism or as a ‘second string to your bow’.
During the course, we actively encourage students to take part in the work experience programme run by Halsbury. It adds so much to your German learning experience and encourages you to actually use it in real life, which in turn strengthens your own language development.
Component 1: speaking exam. 30% of the qualification, 2 tasks. Task 1: presentation of an independent research project and a discussion on the content of the research project. Task 2: a discussion based on a stimulus card relating to one of the themes studied.
Component 2: listening, reading and translation from German into English and English into German: 50% of the qualification.
Component 3: critical and analytical response in writing. 20% of the qualification. It comprises two essays: one based on a literary work and the second on an additional literary work or film from a prescribed list. You are not permitted to use dictionaries or texts in any part of the assessment.
We prefer a GCSE grade of B or above in German. Ideally you will have found GCSE German quite straightforward and enjoyable. The course will build on knowledge gained at GCSE.
You will need to be relatively confident with most of the grammar, have a reasonable memory for vocabulary and be keen to learn more and to work independently building your vocabulary base and subject knowledge.
Component 1: speaking exam
Component 2: listening, reading and translation
Component 3: critical and analytical response
Many degree subjects now offer the opportunity to spend some of the time abroad, thus gaining a qualification recognised in two countries, e.g. law, business, economics etc.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Keswick School directly.