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German A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study German?
The combination of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills is highly regarded by both universities and employers alike. When applying for a degree course a Modern Foreign Language will be recognised as an indication of academic rigour and achievement. German can be combined with humanities subjects, thus leading to a degree in Law or Business, it can also be combined with Science in order to pursue a degree in Engineering. An A Level in German provides an insight into another culture and society.

Course content

Year 12
Aspects of German speaking society (family, the digital world, youth culture, fashion, music & TV)
Artistic culture in the German speaking world (festivals & traditions, art & architecture, cultural life in Berlin past & present)

Year 13
Multiculturalism in German-speaking society (immigration, integration, racism)
Aspects of political life in German-speaking society (Germany & the EU, politics & youth, German reunification & its consequences)

Entry requirements

6 C grades and above
Grade B or above in German


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (80 marks)
Written exam: 1hr45 mins 40% of AS
Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts. Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes. Translation into English.

Paper 2: Writing (60 marks)
Written exam 1 hr15 mins 30% of AS
One text or one film from the lists in the specification. Translation into German. Either one question in German on a set text from a choice of two questions or one question in German on a set film from a choice of two questions

Paper 3: Speaking (60 marks)
Speaking exam 12–14 minutes 30% of AS
Discussion of two sub-themes with the discussion based on a stimulus card for each sub-theme.

A Level

Paper 1: Listening, Reading & Writing (160 marks)
Written exam 2hr30mins 40% of A Level
Listening & responding to spoken passages. Reading & responding to a variety of texts. Translation into English and translation into German.

Paper 2: Writing (90 marks)
Written exam 2hrs 30% of A Level
Questions on German set texts or a film. A critical appreciation of the concepts & issues covered in the work.

Paper 3: Speaking (60 marks)
Speaking exam 21-23 minutes 30% of A Level
Discussion of a stimulus card. Presentation & discussion of individual research project.

Future opportunities

German is a facilitating subject that is welcomed by Russell Group universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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