German

Delivered at Westfield School

Aims of the course

  • To equip you to spend time in a German speaking country by learning to communicate clearly, confidently and imaginatively, through both the spoken and written word.
  • To increase your understanding and ability to apply grammar rules, thereby developing your use of more accurate, varied and complex language.
  • To develop analytical and evaluative skills.
  • To enable you to deepen your study of the German language.
  • To equip you with the transferable skills in order to study other languages and for many situations.
  • To develop a deeper awareness and appreciation of the culture of where German is spoken.

 

Course Content

The course covers social issues and trends, artistic culture, literary texts and films at AS Level.  For A Level, you will also cover the political life of German speaking countries.

For your speaking examination, you will also work on a research project of your choosing.

 

Assessment

There are 3 examinations:

Paper 1: Listening, Reading and Writing:

What’s assessed

  • 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
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of A-level

 

Paper 2: Writing:

What’s assessed

  • One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification
  • Grammar

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 80 marks in total
  • 20% of A-level

 

Paper 3: Speaking:

What’s assessed

  • Individual research project
  • One of four themes (Aspects of German-speaking society or Artistic culture in the German-speaking world or Multiculturalism in German-speaking society or Aspects of political life in German-speaking society)

How it’s assessed

  • Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
  • 60 marks in total
  • 30% of A-level

 

Career Opportunities

The ability to speak another language can lead directly to careers in business, travel and tourism, teaching, the diplomatic service (MI6!), but a language A Level is also a very well respected qualification as it more broadly equips you with transferable skills for many more professions, such as journalism, law, medicine and many more.