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GCE A Level in German

St Marys College

Cranbrook Avenue, Hull, HU6 7TN

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Languages, Literature and Culture

Course Summary

The course will help you to develop your general study skills, but most of all you will learn to communicate at a higher level in German. You will also learn much more about a wide range of aspects of the society or societies in which the language is spoken.

Reading—You will be able to read, understand and extract information from written passages in the target language taken from authentic sources, such as magazines and newspapers, reports or books.

Listening—You will be able to listen to, and understand contemporary spoken language and answer questions on what you have heard. The passages that you will learn to listen to will be taken from a range of sources such as news reports on the radio or TV, weather forecasts, announcements, interviews and discussions.

Speaking and Writing—You will learn how to write essays or longer pieces and to hold conversations and discussions in the target language. You will learn all the appropriate grammar, words and phrases that will help you to:

Course Details


Aspects of German speaking society

  • The changing nature of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: fashion and trends, music, television.

Artistic culture in the German speaking world

  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture.
  • Cultural life in Berlin, past and present.

In addition to the above, you will also study a film.

How will it be delivered?

AS Level (Year 12)

Paper 1

Listening, Reading & Writing – 1hr 45 minutes, 40% of final marks.

Topic - Aspects of German society.

Paper 2

Cultural essay - 1hr 15 minutes, 30% of final mark.

Topic - 1 book or 1 film.

Entry requirements

You must have a C or above in German GCSE and be secure in your use of regular and irregular verbs in all tenses.

Recommended additional reading:

 (news and current affairs)

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 (news and current affairs)

 (environmental information)

 (grammar and vocabulary practice)

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