LEVEL 3: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
This course is about much more than just learning the language, alongside developing your linguistic skills you will gain an insight into contemporary issues in German-speaking societies and examine how past events have influenced these areas in the present day.
If you already study German at GCSE or have the equivalent experience and wish to take it further, you will find this course stimulating and varied. You study a range of topics through the practice of the four skills; listening, reading, speaking and writing.
Among the first topics to be studied are technological and social change. You will discuss the dangers of the internet, its impact on society and the use of technology by young people. Other topics include looking at festivals and traditions, art and architecture, and the multicultural nature of German-speaking societies.
You will learn about Germany’s changing political landscape and key historical events, such as reunification, and will be required to evaluate the influence of the past on present day German-speaking communities.
You will split your time between the classroom and the Language Lab and will also benefit from an individual 20 minute oral session with a native speaker every week.
On this course you will study the following topics:
- Familie im Wandel
- Die digitale Welt
- Jugendkultur: Mode, Musik und Fernsehen
- Feste und Traditionen
- Kunst und Architektur
- Das Berliner Kulturleben damals und heute
- Deutschland und die EU
- Politik und die Jugend
- Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen
There is also an in-depth study of one book and one film and you will carry out an individual research project on a topic of your choice.
You will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
- GCSE German grade 5 or above*
- plus two more GCSEs grade 4/C or above
*If you have not studied GCSE German you will need to be a competent speaker and must have five GCSEs (including Maths and English) grade 4/C or above.
There are three exams:
- Paper 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing
- Paper 2 – Writing
- Oral Exam
Many students go on to study Language at university, often combined with another course (Law, Business, Economics, International Relations, International Management etc.). Study at degree level usually involves time spent working or studying abroad. Before starting a university course, you may consider a gap year, travelling in German-speaking countries, or working abroad in German summer camps.
Popular career fields include Marketing, Journalism, Tourism, Airline Crew, Interpreting and International Aid. You will develop key skills such as the ability to build relationships in and across borders, critical thinking and problem solving, a global outlook and intercultural confidence. Businesses and organisations not only want to recruit people who talk a language, but who have a deeper understanding of foreign environments and practices and are first-class communicators.
Does Huish have any specialised resources?
The department and Learning Centre are well stocked with specialised resources, DVDs, books and magazines plus a digital language lab to help you succeed in learning German.