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German A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

German

AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in German

Skills that will be developed:

You will build on the skills acquired at GCSE. By the end of the course you will have develo­ped the reading, speaking, listening and writing skills which will enable you to study in a German speaking country. You will gain greater insight into German speaking culture and society. You will find it enhances your job prospects and facilitates foreign travel.

Subject content

·         Aspects of German-speaking society

The changing state of the family

The digital world

Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television

 

·         Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

Immigration

Integration

Racism  

 

·         Political and artistic culture

Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

Festivals and traditions

Art and architecture

Cultural life in Berlin, past and present

 

·         Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world

German and the European Union

Politics and youth

German re-unification and its consequences

Grammar

·         Texts

• Böll Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum

• Brecht Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder

• Dürrenmatt Der Besuch der alten Dame

• Frisch Andorra

• Heine Gedichte – Buch der Lieder

• Hensel Zonenkinder

• Kafka Die Verwandlung

• Kaminer Russendisko

• Lenz Fundbüro

• Schlink Der Vorleser

 

·         Films

Good bye, Lenin!

Das Leben der Anderen

Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

Almanya – Willkommen in Deutschland

Sophie Scholl – Die letzten Tage

Lola rennt

 

 

 

 

Assessments: This qualification is linear. All exams are taken at the end of the course.

No access to a dictionary during the assessments.

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours 30 minutes. 160 marks. 40% of A-level

Aspects of German-speaking society

·         Artistic culture in the German-speaking world

·         Multiculturalism in German-speaking society

·         Aspects of political life in German-speaking society

All questions are in German, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in German (60 marks listening. 60 marks reading)

Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

Translation into German; a passage of minimum 100 words (20 marks).

Paper 2: Writing exam: 2 hours. 90 marks. 30% of A-level

2 x 300 word essay. One text and one film or two texts from the set list.

Paper 3: Speaking.  Oral exam: 16-18 minutes. 60 marks. 30% of A-level

·         Individual research project : Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks)

·         Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).

 

What happens when you have finished?

German is widely acknowledged by universities as a highly academic course, particularly by the Russell group of universities and will therefore stand you in good stead if you decide to apply to a university in this group. You can decide to continue studying German at degree level or combine the language with your choice of hundreds of degree courses from a range of disciplines. You may wish to study German with a science, mathematics or engineering degree or in one of the humanities subjects. You may wish to study German with a foreign language which is new to you, such as Russian, Chinese or Arabic. During your degree, it will usually be possible for you to study at a German university or work in Germany as an assistant or within industry for six months to a year, which will greatly increase your fluency in the language.

Career Information:

After university, German graduates go on to jobs which may be directly related to their degree courses, such as translating, interpreting, teaching, travel and tourism or work in the foreign office but a degree in German opens the door to many other job opportunities such as law, accountancy, journalism and the media. Alternatively, students find work in German speaking counties or are sent abroad by their employers, who increasingly today see the value of understanding a foreign language in depth to aid companies in the European markets.

 

Entry Requirements:You must achieve a grade 6 or higher at GCSE in this subject.

Entry requirements

You must achieve a grade 6/grade B or higher at GCSE in this subject

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits etc.

Future opportunities

You will hopefully wish to continue your study of German further and complete A2 German course. German is widely acknowledged by universities as a highly academic course, particularly by the Russell group of universities and will therefore stand you in good stead if you decide to apply to a university in this group. You can decide to continue studying German at degree level or combine the language with your choice of hundreds of degree courses from a range of disciplines. You may wish to study German with a science, mathematics or engineering degree or in one of the humanities subjects. You may wish to study German with a foreign language which is new to you, such as Russian, Chinese or Arabic. During your degree, it will usually be possible for you to study at a German university or work in Germany as an assistant or within industry for six months to a year, which will greatly increase your fluency in the language.

After university, German graduates go on jobs which may be directly related to their degree courses, such as translating, interpreting, teaching, travel and tourism or work in the foreign office but a degree in German opens the door to many other job opportunities such as law, accountancy, journalism and the media. Alternatively, students find work in German speaking counties or are sent abroad by their employers, who increasingly today see the value of understanding a foreign language in depth to aid companies in the European markets.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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