1. Social issues and trends
2. Political and artistic culture
4. Works: Literary texts and films
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
One text and one film or two texts from the list set in the specification.
Individual research project
One of four sub-themes i.e. 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
Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing
Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
50% of A-level
Listening and responding to spoken passages from a range of contexts and sources covering different registers and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail. Studio recordings will be used and students will have individual control of the recording.
All questions are in German, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in German (30 marks)
Reading and responding to a variety of texts written for different purposes, drawn from a range of authentic sources and adapted as necessary. Material will include complex factual and abstract content and questions will target main points, gist and detail.
All questions are in German, to be answered with non-verbal responses or in German (50 marks)
Translation into English; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks)
Translation into German; a passage of minimum 100 words (10 marks).
No access to a dictionary during the assessment.
Paper 2: Writing
Written exam: 2 hours
80 marks in total
20% of A-level
Either one question in German on a set text from a choice of two questions and one question in German on a set film from a choice of two questions or two questions in German on set texts from a choice of two questions on each text.
All questions will require a critical appreciation of the concepts and issues covered in the work and a critical and analytical response to features such as the form and the technique of presentation, as appropriate to the work studied.
No access to texts or films during the assessment.
No access to a dictionary during the assessment.
Students are advised to write approximately 300 words per essay.
Paper 3: Speaking
Oral exam: 21–23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time)
60 marks in total
30% of A-level
Discussion of a sub-theme with the discussion based on a stimulus card (5–6 minutes). The student studies the card for 5 minutes at the start of the test (25 marks).
Presentation (2 minutes) and discussion (9–10 minutes) of individual research project (35 marks).
No access to a dictionary during the assessment (including 5 minutes preparation).
Students may take the assessment only once before certification.
This course should encourage students to:
Enhance their linguistic skills and promote and develop their capacity for critical thinking.
Develop control of the language system to convey meaning, using spoken and written skills, for both practical and intellectual purposes as increasingly confident, accurate and independent users of the language.
Develop their ability to interact effectively with users of the language in speech and in writing, including through online media.
Develop language learning skills and strategies, including communication strategies to sustain communication and build fluency and confidence
Engage critically with intellectually stimulating texts, films and other materials in the original language.
Develop knowledge about matters central to the society and culture, past and present, of the country or countries where the language is spoken
Foster their ability to learn other languages
Equip themselves with transferable skills such as autonomy, resourcefulness, creativity, critical thinking, and linguistic, cultural and cognitive flexibility that will enable them to proceed to further study or to employment
Develop their capacity for critical and analytical thinking through the language of study
Develop as independent researchers through the language of study.
This should allow students to enter a range of career pathways, starting with university, and including a year living and studying abroad.
Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of finding a job. Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies.
Employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof readers, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
There has been an upsurge in career opportunities for graduates in German in the commercial and institutional links within the European Union. Opportunities also exist in teaching, museum work, the fine arts, banking, insurance, marketing, publishing, the media, the civil service and tourism.
Grade B in GCSE German is desired.