German

German at A-level opens doors into many different worlds. All of the career options that you have are available to you in Germany as well – if only you know the language! By studying German at A-level, you will master highly prized soft skills, such as communication and empathy

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:

Ideally an Ebacc student with a minimum grade 6 in English Language and German.

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) German at Liverpool University
  • BA (Hons) Spanish and Japanese at Manchester University
  • BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science and a Modern Language

Course Aims

Germany is one of the world’s major players and its economic prowess is visible in daily life in the UK. On the road, we use German cars (VW, Mercedes, BMW, Audi), whilst Bosch, Miele and Beko help us around the home. AEG and Siemens entertain us, Aldi, Lidl and Storck feed us and Bayer cure us.

The German language is used as part of a wider network of German-speaking countries, including Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein and is an official minority language in Italy, Denmark, Hungary and Poland. It is an international language for science, literature, business and a working language of the European Union.

With A Level German, you will learn about the fascinating political and social history of Germany, its emergence as a global heavyweight, as well as the unique literary and cultural idiosyncrasies of Germanic cultures by examining social issues, trends, and political and artistic culture.

Fluency in German opens doors to new friends, career, travel and independence. I find German culture and language fascinating. Being able to speak German has given me choices and means that I can communicate and interact with native speakers easily as well as live and work in Germany or a German-speaking country – as I have done! A diverse and eclectic mix of topics will be studied, there really is something to pique one’s interest

Progression

Most Universities offer German after A Level and it is a good gateway into other Germanic languages. You can normally study German on its own or as part of a combined honours programme, such as Business and German or Law and German.

Careers in accounting, economics, sociology, law, social media management, tourism, translation and interpreting, military intelligence, biochemistry, engineering and broadcasting are all critically enhanced by a second language, by opening up a second job market to the linguist.

Assessment is based on three separate components.

Component 1 – Listening, reading and writing – worth 40% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours and 30 minutes, set and marked by the exam board.

Component 2 – Writing – worth 30% of the qualification. You will sit an examination of duration 2 hours, set and marked by the exam board.

Component 3 – Speaking – worth 30% of the qualification. This is an Oral exam of duration between 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes of preparation time).