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German AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

AS and A Level German provides a continuation of the 4 language skills of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing acquired at GCSE. A good level of linguistic ability is a marketable skill - a language is increasingly demanded in commerce, marketing, law, leisure and tourism, sales and engineering. Cultural and linguistic knowledge is extended throughout the study of two chosen topics.

Course content

Social Issues and Trends

  • Aspects of German-speaking society
  • The changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture:  Fashion and trends, music and televsion
  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Rascism

Political and artistic culture

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin past and present
  • German and the European Union
  • Politics and Youth
  • German reunification and its consequences


  • Key verb tenses
  • Nouns and determiners
  • Adjectives and adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Negation
  • Model particles and discourse markers
  • Clause structure and word order

Works:  Literary texts and films

  • Boll Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum
  • Brecht Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder
  • Durrenmatt Der Besuch der alten Dame
  • Good bye Lenin!


Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in German.

Completion of AS to grade E and a discussion with subject teacher.


A01  Understand and respond:  in speech to spoken language including face-to-face interaction and in writing to spoken language drawn from a variety of sources.  (20% at AS Level, 20% at A Level)

A02  Understand and respond:  in speech to written language drawn from a variety of sources and in writing to written language drawn from a variety of sources.  (30% at AS level and 30% of A Level)

A03  Manipulate the language accurately, in spoken and written forms, using a range of lexis and structure.(30% at AS level and 30% at A Level)

A04  Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countries/communities where the language is spoken.  (20% at AS Level)

A04 (A Level) Show knowledge and understanding of, and respond critically and analytically to, different aspects of the culture and society of countires/communities where the language is spoken (20% at A level)

Future opportunities

Students with AS or Advanced GCE German have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. A modern foreign language supports a range of subjects including Law, Business and Economics, Engineering etc. Language A Levels are highly regarded by businesses and can lead to University Degrees which are even more sought after in a business world where borders are rapidly disappearing.

Languages are essential for careers in Teaching/ European Union/Translation/most businesses dealing with Europe where speaking an additional language is an advantage e.g banking.

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: 15 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS Level, 2 years for A Level