A-LEVEL German


The course develops your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills as well as your general knowledge of the country where the language is spoken. You will develop these skills through researching and discussing topics in written and spoken language.

Subject requirements:
Minimum of GCSE 6 in German.

Teacher to contact - Miss C Hall
Languages Area Coordinator - Mr M Snaith 
Languages Curriculum Assistant - Mrs A Schwiening 

Course Content

Two teachers teach the course to Year 12 and Year 13, with nine lessons per fortnight. You will also have an hour of speaking a fortnight with our German Foreign Language Assistant.

Year 12
We cover the following topics:

  • Environment
  • Education
  • Work
  • Music
  • Media
  • Festivals

You will also study a German film (‘Goodbye, Lenin!’ dir. Wolfgang Becker).
The oral exam consists of a response to a stimulus card.

Year 13
We cover the following topics:

  • Immigration
  • The Reunification of Germany – life in the DDR before reunification, key events leading up to reunification, life after reunification.

You will also study a German novel (‘Der Vorleser’ by Bernhard Schlink).

The oral exam consists of an independent research project on a topic of your choice and a response to a stimulus card on two of the other topics you have studied.

Assessment Criteria

The A-Level is assessed through 30% Speaking, 40% Reading and Listening, 30% Writing and Translation.

Exam Board: Edexcel
German (9GN0)

Are you interested in:

  • How language works?
  • Living or working abroad?
  • Social and cultural issues?
  • Communication?
  • Studying the literature and films of foreign cultures?

Leading to a career in:

  • International Business
  • Travel and Tourism
  • Interpreting and Translating Law
  • International Relations and Diplomatic Work

This subject goes well with:

  • History
  • English Literature
  • Politics

Click below to learn about the course from Languages student, Elena.


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