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You will develop your linguistic skills using the context of German-speaking countries and the issues and influences which have shaped them.

Among the topics to be studied in the first year are technological and social change. For example, you will discuss the dangers of the internet, its impact on society and the use of technology by young people. Other topics during the two year course 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 to evaluate the influence of the past on present day German-speaking communities.

Listening, speaking, translating, reading and writing are developed, building on the knowledge and skills that you have gained at GCSE. There is also an in-depth study of one book and one film and you will carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. You will benefit from a 1:1 weekly 20 minute oral session with a native speaker.

“I like the enthusiasm that the teachers show. There is lots of help via Moodle and things are explained thoroughly in class.”

German A Level Student

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
  • Einwanderung
  • Integration
  • Rassismus
  • Deutschland und die EU
  • Politik und die Jugend
  • Die Wiedervereinigung und ihre Folgen
  • Vertiefung

You will also study one film and one novel and complete an Individual Research Project.

Standard college entry requirements are five GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including Maths and English. GCSE German should also be passed at grade 6 or higher or you should be a competent native speaker.

Do you have any specialised resources?

The department and Learning Centre are well stocked with specialised resources, DVDs, books and magazines plus satellite television and a digital language lab, all of which you are expected to use to help you succeed in learning German.

What enrichment opportunities are there?

Join the study visit to Germany or attend extra classes to prepare you for the EU Young Translators competition and the UK Linguistics Olympiad.