This is a post GCSE course. As well as course book texts, you will work on video and audio materials in our multi-media language labs, and a number of Internet and other interactive sources. All language work is firmly linked to contemporary issues and life in Germany and other German speaking countries. To help develop authentic German, you will have small group conversation sessions with our German assistant, and you are also encouraged to take part in the regular exchange with our German partner school near Frankfurt, and/or to take up the opportunity of a week’s work experience placement in Germany. By the end of Year 12 you will be able to study short off-air news items in German recorded from our satellite TV, and make brief summaries of them to report to others. You will also watch and analyse some German feature films.
There are 3 components:
Speaking: 21-23 minute discussion with examiner including 5 minute preparation time
Listening, Reading and Translating: Comprehension recordings and texts based on authentic material
Writing: 2 essays in German on a book and a film.
Examining Board – Eduqas.
Special Entry Requirements
You need to have at least grade 4 (C) in GCSE German and must have done Higher Level. The great majority of entrants have grade 6 (B) or better. These requirements are in addition to our standard A level entry requirements.
Students do not normally study more than two languages at A Level.
Career and Progression Opportunities
Students progress to a wide variety of destinations. Typically at least 50% take a degree involving languages, often combining German with another subject such as a second language or Law, English, Business, Tourism, or indeed a wide range of other disciplines. Students going on to employment or training progress into areas such as retail and leisure and tourism.
You will develop language skills in a wide variety of ways, making full use of our two Multi-Media Language Labs and drawing on a range of sources from course books to Internet and satellite TV. In class you will carry out a lot of pair and group work designed to build up your communicative skills. Our VLE also has a range of interactive exercises including vocabulary learning and listening work. Each week, in addition to mainstream lessons, you will have contact with a native speaker through small group conversation sessions. We ‘bridge the gap’ from GCSE to AS level with considerable study skills support, and by Year 13 students are able, for example, to write confident summaries of off-air news items in lunchtime workshop sessions.
We have a well-established link with the Albert-Einstein-Schule in Schwalbach-am-Taunus (Solihull’s twin borough). We run an exchange trip with the AES in alternate years. Students can also undertake a work experience placement in Germany via Halsbury Work Experience.
Approximately £12 for a good bilingual dictionary. Our exchange trip costs approximately £350 and a work experience placement starts from about £500. You will also need to buy the set text in German (approx £10).
Links to External Organisations
We have a close link with a company in Frankfurt (Continental-Teves). Continental sends apprentices to the College to work alongside our German students. They do all sorts of activities together including a Dragon’s Den exercise. We also visit the company for an afternoon during our German exchange. One of our ex-students recently completed a placement at the company during his degree course as part of his year abroad and the company has offered other students of ours the chance to complete a work placement with them.
Complementary Subjects or Enrichment Courses
We run a beginners’ language short course in Spanish.
This information is correct for September 2019 entry.