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German A Level (Edexcel) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

By studying the A ‘level course you will improve your knowledge of the contemporary culture and language of German speaking countries.  You will develop your ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken German.  You will develop your linguistic skills - listening, reading, speaking and writing.  You will improve your ability to analyse and discuss modern day issues and to present a coherent and persuasive argument.  You will be encouraged to play an active part in lessons.  All four skill areas - listening, speaking, reading and writing - will be developed.  In addition to the timetabled lessons, you will spend one hour per week with the German Assistant.  ICT and visits abroad will give you the opportunity to enjoy direct contact with German-speaking people and German culture. 

Course content

At A ‘level, students will be expected to take an active part in lessons. You will develop your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing through analysis and discussion of modern day issues, a visit abroad and ICT facilities in the Languages ICT suite. You will also have lessons with a Foreign Language Assistant.

During the course students will investigate topics in countries where the target language is spoken. Topics covered include:

·         Social issues and trends

·         Artistic culture

·         Immigration and multicultural society

·         Aspects of political and historical life

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above plus a GCSE grade B in the language that they will be studying.


You will be assessed in all skill areas - listening, speaking, reading and writing as follows:

Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing (translation from the target language into English)

Paper 2 – Translation from English into the target language and writing about a film or literary text.

Paper 3 – Speaking – Independent research task and general discussion.

Future opportunities

In the present global economic climate, the ability to communicate effectively in a foreign language is an invaluable asset in innumerable careers and professions.  Consequently, the Advanced level language qualification not only opens doors to many specialised careers but it is also highly regarded by further education institutions and employers.  It may widen the possibilities of working abroad and increase promotion prospects in multi-national companies.

Further information

For more information contact Mrs Timpson, Mrs Gilmore or Ms Campbell

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September