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German A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

If you enjoyed GCSE German and are keen to be able to communicate

- in German better then this could be the course for you. This two-year course will enable you to: Communicate confidently and clearly and effectively in German

- Develop insights into the country/countries where the German is spoken.

- Study a subject that combines well with any AS/A2 subject

- Develop the transferable skills that are highly valued by employers.

Course content

A level is a natural progression from GCSE and the topic

areas are new and engaging.

It will offer you a rich and wide-ranging insight into the

social, political, intellectual and artistic culture of the

countries/communities where German is spoken.

As well as your lessons with your teachers, you will have a timetabled lesson each week with the foreign language assistant in smaller groups to focus on speaking and listening.

The A-level course is organised into 4 topics:

- Being a young person in German-speaking society

- Understanding the German-speaking world

- Diversity and difference

- The making of modern Germany: 1989 onwards

At the end of the course you will take three exams, which will test your listening, reading , writing and speaking skills.

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

In Europe, German is the most widely spoken language. Apart from Germany, it is the official language in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein and is the native language of a significant portion of the population in other parts of Europe.

Germany also has the 4th strongest economy in the world and is the economic force behind the European Union. BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, and BAS are just some of the many multinational companies that make Germany the world’s second-largest exporter. So knowing the language, being able to communicate in German could be the key to getting a job in later life.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to visit Lübeck on an exchange trip. You will stay in a German family and take part in trips to local attractions. Some students also do work experience as part of the Stockport Heilbronn exchange.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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