German A Level

Head of Department: Mr Steve Godfrey

It is generally agreed today that an ability to speak and understand other languages is an extremely important skill. German offers students different challenges to other languages: combining some very familiar spellings with a rather more rigid grammatical structure, and students enjoy the challenge of dealing with some very un-English sentence patterns. German speakers are increasingly sought after in today’s worlds of business, science and technology.

What do you do in German?

The two year A Level course covers a range of social, cultural and political topics relating to Germany and German speaking countries. Skills built up during the GCSE course are extended and developed and new language and structures are introduced, allowing you to function at a higher linguistic level.

You will have one lesson a week on a one-to-one basis with the German language assistant, in order to prepare for the oral examination at the end of Year 13. A major part of this oral examination will be a discussion of your own individual research project, based on some element of German culture or society.

In addition, you will develop skills in translation, both to and from the German and in writing critical and analytical essays in the German. All these skills can be seen as essential preparation for university study.

In Year 12, you will study topics including media, the German Education system, music in popular culture, the world of work, festivals and traditions, a German Film and nature and the environment. In Year 13, topics include immigration and multicultural society; Germany since re-unification; East Germany society before re-unification; a work of German speaking literature and an independent research topic.

At the end of Year 13, there are three exams: a comprehension paper with listening and reading tasks; a writing paper, comprising two essays and a translation; and an oral exam.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in German achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

German - % A*- B = 50%