You would start in Year 12 with the course which has been designed to follow on from GCSE and use the skills you have already acquired. You will study a variety of topics relevant to the modern world with special reference to countries where German is spoken, including:
Aspects of German-speaking society: current trends
- The changing nature of family
- The cyber-society
- Youth culture
Artistic culture in the German-speaking world
- A culture proud of its heritage
- Art and architecture
- The culture of Berlin
There are 3 exams at the end of the year; a speaking test and 2 involving listening, reading and writing, including translation into English and German.
In Year 13 you will sit 3 further exams to gain you a full A Level; one in speaking and 2 in listening, reading and writing, including translation into English and German and writing about 2 set books or a set book and a film form the prescribed list. Topics in this second year of study include:
Aspects of German-speaking society: current issues
- Positive features of a diverse society
- Life for the marginalized
- How criminals are treated
Aspects of political life in the German-speaking world
- Teenager, the right to vote and political commitment
- Demonstration, strikes –who holds the power?
- The reunification and its consequences
In addition to their timetabled periods each student has a weekly conversation class with the Language Assistant, a native speaker, either individually or in a small group.