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German A Level at Stanground Academy

Course description

Travel- so the saying goes – broadens the mind. And never more so than when you speak the language. That way you’ll be able to find out what the local people are thinking, how they live.. and how their culture really works. This course has been designed to give you a profound understanding of German. Not only will you know about the mechanics of the language- like grammar and vocabulary – but how people use language on a day to day basis.

Course content

The specification has been designed to be studied over two years.

In the first year, aspects of the social context are studied, together with aspects of artistic life of German - speaking countries.  In the second year, further aspects of the social background are covered, alongside the German political landscape, both in relation to Germany itself and its place in Europe.  The past and its role in shaping the present is viewed through the reunification and its consequences while the focus on young people and politics looks forward to shaping the future of German-speaking countries.

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of themes relating to the culture and society of countries where German is spoken, and their language skills.  They will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German.

Students must also study either one book and one film or two books from the lists in this specification.  They must appreciate, analyse and be able to respond critically in writing in German to the work they have studied.  In addition, students following this specification will develop research skills in German, demonstrating the ability to initiate and conduct individual research on a subject of personal interest, relating to the country or countries where German is spoken.particleh

Entry requirements

5+ A* - B grades at GCSE including grade 5 or above in English and grade B or above in German.


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing

Written exam – 2 hours 30 minutes (100 marks)

50% of A level

Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources.

Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary.

Translation into English: a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

Translation into German: a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)

No access to a dictionary during the assessment.

Paper 2: Writing

Written exam: 2 hours (80 marks). 20% of A level

One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification.


Either one question in German on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in German on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in German on set texts from a choice of two question on each text.

No access to text or films during the assessment.  No access to a dictionary during the assessment.  Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.

Paper 3: Speaking

Oral exam: 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time). 60 marks. 30% of A level.

Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5-6 minutes)

Presentation 2 minutes and discussion (9-10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).  No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minute preparation time)

Future opportunities

Apart from being beneficial at a personal level, your A level in German can help with lots of career paths. International organisations such as the EC or the UN welcome employees who can communicate in more than one language. Other career opportunities include international banking, import/export trade, tourism, both at home and overseas, journalism, public relations, translating, interpreting, communication, technology, telecommunications, publishing and of course teaching. In fact the world is your oyster!

Further information

 German goes very well with French, business studies, history or English literature but can also be an interesting contrast to mathematics or sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanground Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years