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German A Level at Bilborough College

Course description

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? German: language of Europe. Together with English and French, German is one of the key working languages used by the European Commission. German: language of business. Germany is the UK’s biggest export market outside the US. German: language of culture ... of poetry, literature, music, architecture and film. So as well as being fun, and giving you a sense of real achievement, learning to communicate fluently in German can open out many career opportunities to you. Bilborough Sixth Form College offers lessons to build your fluency and confidence, as well as weekly one-to-one conversational practice with our German assistant. We like to think our students are not only learning a language, but acquiring a life-long skill.

Course content

Your first year (AS) provides a transition from GCSE, improving your fluency and confidence in German. Topics include ‘Relationships and Responsibilities’; ‘Free Time’; ‘Hobbies and Sport’; ‘Travel and Tourism’; ‘Gender Issues’; ‘Healthy and Unhealthy Living’; ‘Education, Training and Careers’; ‘Customs and Traditions’; ‘Youth Culture’ and ‘Entertainment’. In lessons we'll practise listening, reading, speaking and writing German and we’ll cover a wide base of grammar too. As well as four hours of formal teaching a week you will have 20 minutes with our German assistant to help boost your confidence in speaking German. You’ll also be invited on our annual German Exchange to Berlin. The week will include a day in a German school with your exchange partner, a three-day work experience placement in a local nursery or primary school, and various other activities with your host family or other Bilborough College students. You’re welcome to join the exchange as an A2 student too.

The second year (A2) builds on your AS skills and focuses on weightier themes. Topics include ‘Immigration’; ‘Wealth and Poverty’; ‘Globalisation’; ‘Terrorism’; ‘Environmental Issues’; ‘New Technologies’ and ‘Media’.  You also explore your individual interests through film and literature.

Entry requirements

To study German at Bilborough, you need a minimum grade C or above in English GCSE, and more importantly, a minimum higher tier grade B in German.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study German at university, either as single honours or alongside another subject. A language combines well with other studies – for example many Science-related degree courses now offer students the opportunity to work in labs overseas. Similarly, some Law courses allow students to take options in European law and pursue placements abroad. Employers will very often value your skills as a former language student. 

Further information

Matt Cooke, who studied German here at Bilborough College between 2011 and 2013, was selected by UK-German Connection to be one of its youth ambassadors, promoting collaboration between German and British young people. This prestigious position comes with a couple of fully funded trips to Berlin. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bilborough College directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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