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German A Level (Block B) at Walton High School

Course description

Enabling students to develop and build on the skills acquired at GCSE whilst developing a greater focus on and inspiring curiosity about countries and communities where the target language is spoken. 

Students will use increasingly accurate and complex German and will be encouraged to stretch and challenge themselves. 

There is a sound basis for further study of German at degree level or equivalent, also enhancing employment prospects and facilitating foreign travel. Students continuing their language studies in higher education will benefit from the film and literature focus. 

Course content

A-level includes an independent research topic for speaking. AS and A-level students will do translations to and from the target language. A-level students will study one book, plus a film or a second book.

At AS and A level, students will study:

1. Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends: The changing state of the family, the digital world, youth culture (fashion, trends, music, television)

2. Artistic culture in the German-speaking world: festivals and traditions, art and architecture, cultural life in Berlin past and present.

At A Level, students will study:

1. Multiculturalism in German-speaking society: Immigration, integration, racism.

2. Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world: Germany and the European Union, Politics and youth, German reunification and its consequences.

Grammar:

AS and A-Level students will study the grammatical system and the structure of the language. The end of course exams will test their use of accurate grammar and structures appropriate to the task, drawing from the lists in the specification.

Works:

AS: students study one book or one film from the lists in the specification.

A level: Students study two books or one book and one film from the lists ion the specification.

Individual research topic:

A level only: Students conduct individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the country or countries where the language of study is spoken.

Entry requirements

The A Level course is available to students with an A*, A or B at GCSE.  In order to start the course, students will need to have taken Higher-level papers during their GCSE course.

Assessment

All exams and certification will take place at the end of year 2. 

Paper 1: Listening and responding, Reading and responding and translation into English and German; 2hours 30 minutes; 40% of A level

Paper 2: Two books or one book and film-written exam; 2 hours; 30% of A Level

Paper 3: Speaking- Individual research project and knowledge of one of four sub themes. Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time). 30% of the A level.  Assessments will be conducted by the school.

Future opportunities

An A Level qualification in one or more foreign languages will certainly enhance employment opportunities, and open up a wider choice of degree courses for the student.

This course will prepare students for life in a world in which communication with other countries is of increasing significance and where young people will need to compete in the job market with their peers from other countries who will undoubtedly be multilingual.

In recent years some A Level students have gone on to study:

  • Marketing
  • International Law
  • Aeronautics
  • Journalism
  • Chemistry

Some of these courses have been combined with a language; others have included subsidiary language modules.  We would particularly urge students who are hoping to embark on a career in business, the sciences, engineering and technology, marketing or law to consider taking a language at A level.

Further information

Please select one subject per option block (A, B, C, D and E - listed in Course Title) to ensure there is no clash on your timetable.

By and large most students will follow 3 academic A Levels plus will have the opportunity to add to this with the Extended Project and our Enrichment Programme.

A few students may be able to follow a 4th A Level with advice from our Sixth Form Management team.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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