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German

A Level - German

Entry Criteria:
– You will need to achieve the pathway criteria, please see the prospectus for further information
– You will need to achieve a Grade 5 or above in GCSE German from a higher tier paper

Coursework/Examination Requirements:
AS Assessment Three examinations worth 45%, 25% and 30%
A Level Assessment Three examinations worth 50%, 20% and 30%.

Awarding Body/Specifications: AQA

Advanced Level (A Level):
Almost 100 million people speak German as their native language; it is the official language of Germany and Austria and an official language in Switzerland and Lichtenstein, as well as a being a significant additional language in many other European countries. As a major global language, German is useful in the worlds of business, pharmaceuticals, finance and engineering. It enhances employability and, as the second most commonly used scientific language, is also
significant in research and development as well as in many other areas such as literature, philosophy and culture. A Level German is a demanding and rewarding course of study to enhance and extend the skills and knowledge established at GCSE. It allows you to study a range of culturally relevant topics giving you a rounded introduction to German society and culture as well as a good grounding in the German language.

The following units will be covered on this course:

AS/Year 12 Units
Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing
• Listening and responding
• Reading and responding
• Translation into English (approximately 70 words)
Unit 2 – Writing
• Translation into German (approximately 70 words)
• Essay on one film (approximately 250 words)
Unit 3 – Speaking Test
• Discussion of two sub-themes based on a stimulus card for each.

A Level/Year 13 Units
Unit 1 – Listening, Reading and Writing
• Listening and responding
• Reading and responding
• Translation into English (approximately 100 words)
• Translation into German (approximately 100 words)
Unit 2 – Writing
• Essay on one film (approximately 300 words)
• Essay on one text (approximately 300 words)
Unit 3 – Speaking Test
• Discussion of one sub-theme based on a stimulus card
• Presentation and discussion of an Individual Research Project.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS): If you choose to study this subject for one year only you will be awarded the AS Level. You will cover the AS unit content and sit public examinations in Year 12.

Progression: This is a very versatile qualification which, with successful study, shows persistence, application and problem-solving ability; all excellent skills to bring to any career, and which are well respected by potential employers and Higher Education providers.

Opportunities: You will be subscribed to the online support programme which provides you with self-study material. Cinema visits, Language conferences and
revision days are often organised.

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