German GCE A Level (AQA) at Guiseley School
This subject is a two year, linear A level course. This means that the whole course is assessed in Year 13.
In a world which is becoming increasingly smaller, languages are becoming highly valued. The workplace is a multi-national one and communication is often multi-lingual. Students of languages are effective communicators with an awareness of world issues and opinions on current affairs. Students of German at Guiseley School post – 16 have the opportunity to take part in an exciting cultural visit to Berlin which will help to cement and inspire cultural awareness.
Students should achieve a minimum of:
5 GCSEs grade 4-9, which must include Maths and English Language or Literature.
In addition, GCSE grade 5 is required in the subject areas chosen to study at A level.
The new style A-Level includes themes of study which reflect ‘Social issues and trends’ and ‘political, intellectual and artistic culture’. Topics studied in the Sixth Form include: Healthy Lifestyles, Family Issues, Racism and Multi-culturalism, Modern Technology, Art and Literature, Contemporary Social Issues such as scientific technology, Global Issues of wealth and poverty, the Media in Germany and Popular Culture.
In addition, there is a personalised individual research project sharply focussed and related to the country of study which seeks to extend discussion skills and be personal to the students’ range of interests.
There is also a cultural study element in which students study a film (Goodbye Lenin in German) and a piece of literature (Der Vorleser).
Examination includes Listening, Reading and Translation, followed by a written paper and speaking exams.
A higher qualification in a language is a valuable asset to any business with international aspirations and, more importantly, it shows excellent communication and cultural skills. In an era where Britain is distancing itself politically from Europe, the need for foreign language speakers becomes even greater to ensure social, cultural and business links can be maintained. Students who take a language to A level often pursue the language to degree level. Combined degrees which include a language are becoming popular. Former students combined German and/or French with English, History, Business, Management or Law.
Lessons involve analysis of authentic magazine, online or newspaper articles as well as watching news bulletins and films to broaden vocabulary knowledge. Students learn to debate and express their opinions and also to counter others’ opinions. They are encouraged to use language internet sites. Writing and grammar skills are developed and students learn how to manipulate language. Dedicated time is allocated for individual speaking sessions with a native speaker of German. Students are encouraged to experiment with language and they experience increasing success over the course.
How to apply
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