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German A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

The A-Level specification builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. They constitute an integrated study with a focus on language, culture and society. They foster 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, and their language skills; they will do this by using authentic spoken and written sources in German. The approach is a focus on how German-speaking society has been shaped, socially and culturally, and how it continues to change. Students study aspects of the social context together with aspects of the artistic life of German-speaking countries. Students also study aspects of the political landscape in a German-speaking country, looking at immigration from the political perspective and at the way in which political power is expressed through action such as strikes and demonstrations. Teenagers and the extent to which they are politically engaged looks towards the future of political life in German-speaking society.

Core topics:
- Social issues and trends
- Artistic and political culture
- Grammar

- Works: Literary texts and films


Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (including translation) – 2 hours 30 minutes – 40% of A-Level
Paper 2: Writing (one text and one film or two texts) – 2 hours – 30% of A-Level
Paper 3: Speaking – 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 30% of A-Level

Future opportunities

There are many and varied career opportunities for students with A Level German, including journalism, law, international business, teaching, interpreting, banking, finance, tourism, and public administration. Many universities offer courses which combine German with another subject, for example, Business with German, Economics with German or European Studies and German.

In an increasingly competitive job market, the ability to speak another language gives you the edge. The UK trades with over 200 countries worldwide and businesses are continually looking to expand globally- this is only possible if they can communicate internationally. As such, employers are constantly seeking out foreign language speakers. Figures reflect this - consistently showing Modern Languages graduates as having one of the lowest levels of unemployment six months after graduation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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