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German AS Level at Lady Hawkins' High School

Course description

AS Level Syllabus: WJEC

Why study German? There are 100 million German speakers in the EU making it the most widely spoken native language in the area.

Learning German provides you with an insight into the way of life of people in German speaking countries, broadening your horizons. Being able to speak German opens up opportunities in business and leisure related industries. German is also the second most commonly used scientific language.

German employers with word-wide links like people who have knowledge of the language. Germany is home to the European Central Bank which has very close links to major businesses in the UK. Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in this country and abroad.

What key skills will I learn on this course?

The course helps students develop a number of skills, including:

  • Developing and building on GCSE skills
  • Gaining an insight into another culture and society
  • Communication skills
  • Considering German in a broader context

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Are interested in languages
  • Are interested in communication
  • Enjoy learning about other cultures and ways of life
  • Are interested in the business world, in travel or tourism

What opportunities may I have beyond the classroom?

  • Comenius link with Germany, Poland & Spain
  • Work-experience placement in Germany
  • Experience German culture, e.g. cinema films
  • There are a wide variety of exchange programmes for both school and university students between Germany and the UK
  • Germany also awards a generous number of scholarships and other support to study in Germany

Course content

Two topic areas are covered in each year:

  • Social issues and trends
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture

AS level:

Social issues and trends:

  • Families, relationships and responsibilities
  • Youth culture (values; peer groups; fashion and trends; modern technology)
  • Education and employment opportunities

Political, intellectual and artistic culture:

  • Festivals; customs and traditions
  • Trends in media and art
  • Film and music in the lives of young people

Entry requirements

Those students who wish to study a Level 3 course will need a good GCSE Grade (B or above). Level 2 courses can be offered to those who have not met this.


AS Level

Unit 1: Oral — Discussion on two of the contemporary topics covered.

Unit 2: Listening, Reading and Translation of a short passage based on the two areas of interest covered.

Unit 3: Writing an essay on one literary work / film studied.

Possible films include:

  • Jenseits der Stille
  • Good Bye Lenin
  • Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
  • Das Leben der Anderen
  • Lola rennt
  • Kirschblütten Hanami
  • Die Welle

Possible books include:

  • Ich fühl' mich so fifty-fifty by Karin König
  • Das Leben des Galilei by B. Brecht
  • Die Verwandlung by F. Kafka
  • Der Vorleser by B. Schlink
  • Das Brot der frühen Jahre by H. Boll
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Dürrenmatt

Financial information

Financial Assistance

Herefordshire Council expects sixth form students to pay £270 per term for transport to sixth form. There is a 16-19 Bursary Fund which may give some students financial support. Please contact the school for further information.

For eligible students, the Bursary Fund can provide financial assistance to young people whose access to, or completion of education is inhibited by financial constraints or barriers. The fund can help towards the cost of essential course-related costs such as travel to sixth form, equipment, books and educational visits including to university open days or interviews.


EMA is for 16 to 18 year olds living in Wales, who want to continue their education after school leaving age. If you’re eligible, you could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks.

You don’t need to study in Wales to get EMA. As long as you live in Wales and you meet the criteria then you can apply for EMA.

You must adhere to the learning contract in order to receive the payments. Failure to attend lessons and/or registrations will result in no payment for the corresponding week.

For further information, contact Lady Hawkins’ School or Student Finance Wales.

Future opportunities

As economic ties with Europe grow, Modern Languages qualifications are becoming increasingly sought after. It leads to a wide range of career options, such as:

  • Business
  • Banking/Finance
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Public Relations
  • Travel
  • Civil Service

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lady Hawkins' High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2017

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