A Level German
If you interested in the business world, in travel and tourism, in literature, in other cultures or in journalism and the media, then you are likely to find this course extremely appropriate and interesting. Even as a more science-orientated student you would benefit from a different skill when you apply to university.
There are a number of options in the course where you can choose your topic or question to suit your interests. Whether you want to use German for work, for further study or for leisure, this course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge.
Why study German at St. Mary's College?
You will have the experience and enthusiasm of a native speaker.
The German department is well equipped with the latest interactive teaching facilities.
- The German department has a close contact with our German partner school and arranges an annual exchange programme.
The course material is a combination of textbook and on-line material that covers all areas of the required skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.
The course allows a wide range of opportunities to develop your language skills, independent study skills and your knowledge of contemporary society.
- It can lead either to a degree course in this subject or a course that has a language option alongside it.
- Having a language at AS or A Level will certainly improve your employability, in particular with companies with international branches.
The A level Specification (AQA)
Unit 1: A two hour listening, reading and writing exam
(70% of total AS marks - 35% of A2)
Unit 2: a fifteen-minute speaking test
(30% of total AS marks - 15% of A2)
Unit 3: A two and a half hour listening, reading and writing exam
(35% of total marks at A2)
Unit 4: A fifteen-minute speaking test
(15% of total marks at A2)
We do not enter students for examinations in the January of their Lower Sixth year, but either or both AS units can be retaken, if necessary, in the January or June examination sessions of the Upper Sixth year.
Media: TV, Publicity, New Technologies
Popular culture: Cinema, Music, Fashion
Healthy living & lifestyle: Sport, Health and Well-being
Family & personal relationships: Family, Friends, Marriage
Environment: Pollution, Energy, Protection of the planet
Multicultural society: Immigration, Integration, Racism
Social and Contemporary Problems: Rich and Poor, Public Order, Science and Technology - progression or regression
Cultural topics: Candidates prepare two topics of their choice for both the written exam and the speaking test. Possible topics include the study of a film, a novel, a singer, a poet or a region.
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