A Level German

Sandbach College

Why study this course?

A Level German is a fun and challenging course which is ideal for students who are curious about language but also current events, culture, politics, history, film or literature. The course not only develops your linguistic knowledge, but also your communication skills, problem-solving skills, and ability to think critically. It enables you to gain an insight into the culture and attitudes of the German-speaking world which is at the centre of European life.

The most widely-spoken language in Europe (spoken by 16% of the European population), German is the language of philosophy, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Adorno, Horkheimer… Fascinated by expressions like “Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz”? German is the A Level for you!

What will I learn on this course?

You will study technological and social change, looking at the multicultural nature of German-speaking society. You will also learn about the highlights of German-speaking artistic culture, including art and architecture as well as how Germany's political landscape was formed. 

You will explore the influence of the past on present-day German speaking communities. Throughout the course all topics are firmly rooted in the countries where German is spoken, so your knowledge of all aspects of the German speaking world develops alongside your linguistic capabilities.

The A-level course builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills gained at GCSE. It has an integrated study programme with a focus on language, culture and society. It fosters a range of transferable skills including communication, critical thinking, research skills and creativity, which are valuable to you as an individual and to wider society including employers.

Year 12

  • Youth issues and trends in German  society
  • Political, intellectual and artistic culture
  • You will also study a German-language film 

Year 13

  • Multiculturalism and diversity in German society
  • Aspects of political life
  • You will also study a literary text in depth
  • You will complete an individual research project

Examinations & Coursework

Paper 1: Listening, reading and writing (50% of A Level)

Paper 2: Writing on the film and written text (30% of A Level)

Paper 3: Speaking including Individual Research Project (20% of A Level)

Potential career paths

Social Media Coordinator, International Aid Worker, Translator for The Premium League, Intelligence Officer for MI5/GCHQ, Fashion Buyer, Sky Sports Presenter, Journalist...

Languages can lead directly into careers in translation, interpreting, and education. Beyond that, languages are highly valued skill by employers in other fields, including business, diplomacy, law, communications, healthcare, journalism, publishing, and hospitality, to name a few. 

Modern Language degrees at university typically involve spending a year abroad, which can enable students to find work experience and make contacts abroad in a variety of industries. 

Enrichment opportunities

Language students have the opportunity to take part in trips including exchanges, work experience abroad, and university study days in the UK. 

Students can gain volunteering experience with younger students, assisting in lessons or lower-school clubs.