King James' School

German

What’s it all about? 

Why study German? 

By studying German, you’ll stand out from the crowd: 61% of the UK population don’t speak a foreign language! A language opens opportunities and widens career choices as well as employment prospects. Almost 300 of Britain’s top employers believe an additional language boosts employability and German is first of the top four languages rated by employers as useful to their organisation. Universities too, look favourably at language qualifications - some courses even require a language! Many scientists believe that knowledge of another language can boost your brainpower. 

AS: There are four main topic areas; 

Social issues and trends

Artistic culture

Grammar

Works: literary text or film 

A2 : There are four main topic areas and in addition you will study 2 cultural topics;   

Social issues and trends

Political and artistic culture

Grammar

Works: literary texts and/or film 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

AQA 

AS level - 7661 

This qualification is linear and students will sit all their exams at the end of the year.  There are three papers. 

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing

                Written exam - 1 hour 45 mins, 80 marks - 40% of AS

Paper 2 - Writing

                Written exam - 1 hour 15 mins, 60 marks - 30% of AS

Paper 3 - Speaking

                Oral exam - 12-14 mins, 60 marks - 30% of AS 

A level - 7662 

This qualification is linear and students will sit all their exams at the end of the two years. 

There are three papers.

Paper 1 - Listening, reading and writing

Written exam - 2 hours 30 mins, 160 marks - 40% of A-level

Paper 2 - Writing

                Written exam - 2 hours, 90 marks - 30% of A-level

Paper 3 - Speaking

Oral exam - 21-23 mins, 60 marks - 30% of A-level

To get started: 

GCSE grade B in German is required. 

The emphasis is on the culture and society of Germany. A set text or film is compulsory at AS (either one text and one film or two texts at A-level) to encourage critical thinking skills. An independent research topic at A-level will be assessed through the speaking test and an oral presentation. Grammar is key throughout and there are translations into English and German at both AS and A-level. Students are expected to read and listen to German outside lessons on an independent basis. Furthermore, students are encouraged to take part in the exchange to Bebra, which has been running for more than 40 years.

What next? 

Possible careers: international law, journalism, travel & tourism, teaching, working in finance, design, fashion and engineering for those wanting to work in a highly globalised industry. Famous German linguists: Roger Federer, Paula Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, Eddie Izzard, Jodie Foster and Sandra Bullock.

Our students say … 

“German has been a very interesting subject to study at A Level.  I have learnt about the culture, language and global problems and I can talk about them in German more than in English!  It’s a language that not many people learn so it will lead to lots of job opportunities.  I have enjoyed it so much that I have chosen to study it at university!”  Rosalyn Sword

German