German AS level at The Becket School
The study of German at Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level is an excellent opportunity to develop further those skills begun at GCSE. At the end of the course it is anticipated that students will be able to converse in and write German competently and understand the language at quite a sophisticated level.
In a modern Europe in which Germany is the major economic power and where German has more native speakers than any other language, including English, it is obvious that A Level students and, even more so, university graduates with a qualification in German will be closely sought after by industry. The fact that German is not taught sufficiently in British schools to meet the demand from industry further emphasises its advantage as an AS/A Level option.
The course involves equal emphasis on developing all four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Once the majority of grammatical constructions have been taught, almost all lessons will be delivered in German. This greatly improves listening and speaking skills.
AS Level topics set in the context of Germany and/or German speaking countries and communities include:
Nature and Environment, Education, The World of Work, Music, Media, Customs and Traditions.
Students also study one literary work which can be either a book, a play or a film, which provides a further insight into the culture of Germany.
Students need to have gained an A*, A or B at GCSE in order to be accepted for AS/A Level.
Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation.
(40%) 1hr 50 mins.
Paper 2: Written response to a literary work, grammar and translation.
(30%) 1hr 40 mins.
Paper 3: Speaking.
(30%) 30 mins approx. including 15 mins. preparation time.
The opportunities available for careers linked with German are tremendous. As well as the obvious ones like teaching, interpreting, translating and working in the travel business, there are many more where German may not be seen as the major requirement but where it will be hugely beneficial such as in Law, Business Studies or Economics.
Any job in industry with an international company would look for knowledge of a language and engineering positions particularly are now asking specifically for German.
Opportunities for Information Technology are offered, including the use of e-mail with our partner schools.
Exchanges and Beyond
It is hoped that students will participate in the annual exchange visit to Karlsruhe at the end of Year 12. This is an exciting opportunity to improve dramatically the spoken language and to experience German culture. There will also be theatre or cinema visits and visits to university German days.
The course is shared between two or three teachers. Help, support and encouragement are given from the outset, particularly in Year 12 when it is important to “bridge the gap” between GCSE and the demands of AS/A Level.
Students are expected to work hard, both in class and at home, but this effort will be amply rewarded throughout this interesting, challenging and stimulating course.
The department has many resources for individual study. Help and support are given throughout and, as groups are never large, more time can be given to individuals.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Becket School directly.