A Level German is based on current affairs and issues relating to modern society, with a particular focus on areas of interest to young people. Pupils will develop language skills that enable them to communicate effectively, accurately and confidently on different issues and concerns, both orally and in writing.
Principal topics are:
- Youth culture and concerns: Music and fashion, Technology, Relationships, Drink, Drugs, Sex;
- Lifestyle, health and fitness: Sport and exercise, Food and diet, Health issues;
- The world around us: Travel, Tourism, Environmental issues and the German-speaking world.
Education and employment: Education, Education policy and Student issues, the World of work – the changing work scene.
In the second year of the course the following topics are also studied:
- Customs, Traditions, Beliefs and religions;
- National and international events: Past, present and future;
- Literature and the Arts.
In addition, in the Upper Sixth, pupils gain an insight into topics such as growing up, love, illiteracy and how future generations are coming to terms with Germany’s Nazi past through reading Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser. This recounts the story of a man who looks back on a relationship he had as a school boy with an older woman; a woman whose dark past he only later came fully to comprehend.
Pupils will view a range of films, access library resources and attend short courses during the Sixth Form years. Our Sixth Formers are also offered the opportunity to spend a weekend in Berlin to bring their study of German language and literature to life.
In addition, the Internet provides us with limitless access to German current affairs, resources for languages learners and podcasts of interviews and news items to keeps abreast of topical issues in the target language.
A Level German is designed to provide a suitable foundation for study of the subject or related courses in further and Higher Education. Languages are important in almost all careers in our increasingly global society and universities view languages as being rigorous and intellectually demanding subjects at A Level. Germany is Britain’s major trading partner and German language skills are in great demand by British companies.