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German A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

The A level course is comprised of 3 papers.

Each unit covers a wide range of topics and subtopics on the following themes:

  • Social issues and trends (modern and traditional values, cyberspace, equal rights etc.)
  • Political and artistic culture in German-speaking countries (modern day idols, German regional identity, cultural heritage or cultural landscape etc.)

The A level course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It fosters a range of transferable skills, including communication, critical thinking and creativity, which are valuable to the individual and to society. Students will develop their understanding of themes relating to the society and culture of the countries where German is spoken. They will do so by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. Students will also conduct a research project as part of the course.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE German. Students should have acquired the knowledge, understanding and skills required at the Higher Tier of entry at GCSE.


Examination Board: AQA

The final exam will consist of 3 papers.

  • Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (40% of A level)
  • Paper 2: Writing (30% of A level)
  • Paper 3: Speaking (30% of A level)


Future opportunities

A-level German will provide an excellent qualification from which to proceed to Higher Education. Languages can be studied at university in combination with many other subjects. Linguists are in high demand in the business world, and many other career paths value language skills highly.

Further information

Am I suited to this course?

You would be well-suited to studying German at A level if you:

  • enjoy languages and want to develop your skills in a range of contexts
  • are interested in German and German-speaking cultures and societies
  • are willing to develop your opinions on personal, national and international issues
  • are willing to work hard to learn grammatical structures and new vocabulary
  • are aiming for an international career

What other subjects does it complement?

German links well with almost any subject as you will study a wide range of life experiences, from a German point of view. Other languages will also complement the study of German, as linguistic skills are highly transferable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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