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German A Level at Rainham Mark Grammar School

Course description

To enable students to understand a wide variety of spoken and written German and to communicate confidently, clearly and effectively in German in both speaking and writing.

To find out about, research and develop opinions about the society, culture and heritage of countries and communities where German is spoken.

Most importantly, to enjoy listening to, speaking, reading and writing German!


Course content

Students will practise the four areas of language learning by

· listening to recordings and watching extracts from films and TV in German.

· reading a range of materials, from short extracts to more in-depth articles on a range of topics

· speaking in class activities and during a regular lesson with the German assistant

· revising and extending your knowledge of grammar and writing essays of up to 300 words in length and translating longer passages from and into German.

. having the opportunity to visit Germany during the course

Entry requirements

Students who wish to take German in the sixth form should have gained at least a grade 7 in their German GCSE.  Students with a grade 6 may be considered at the discretion of the Head of Subject.


· Paper 1Listening, Reading and Writing (2 hours 30 minutes) – questions will be based on current trends, current issues, the artistic culture and aspects of political life where the language is spoken. Grammar knowledge will also be assessed. 40% of A level.

· Paper 2Writing (2 hours) – An essay paper where students are asked to write 300 word essays based on a set text and a set film which has been studied during the course.  30% of A level.  

. Paper 3Speaking (21 to 23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time) – the student is asked to debate an aspect of society for 5-6 minutes and this is followed by a presentation of 2 minutes and a discussion for a further 9-10 minutes based on the student’s individual research project. 30% of A level.  

Future opportunities

An A level qualification in a modern language is well regarded by the top universities and by employers in almost any field.  During the course, students develop techniques for language learning which can be applied to future study of any language.  An A Level in German would fit in with any arts or humanities subject, but would also give Science and Mathematics students the breadth of study which universities now demand.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rainham Mark Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr O'Neill
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01634 364151
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Rainham Mark Grammar School is an 11-18 Selective School, currently we have over 880 students aged 11-16 and over 340 aged 16-18 taking AS and A2 levels. We aim to be a friendly, caring and stimulating community which motivates young people to enjoy learning, participate enthusiastically in wider activities and make the most of their abilities.