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  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language. You should have grade 5 or above in German or proven linguistic ability.

  • What does the course involve?

    The ability to communicate in a foreign language is a very valuable asset in an increasingly globalised world. Studying German at A Level will give you the opportunity to pursue your studies to a higher level at university or to use the skills you acquire to enhance your CV and employment prospects in a wide range of careers. A language can be combined with almost any other subject at university and language graduates are sought after within many areas of employment. You will improve all the language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through a variety of classroom-based and independent learning activities whilst acquiring a thorough understanding of the grammar of the language.


    Themes will include topics of social, cultural, political or artistic importance to the country. The course will also include the study of a film and a work of literature. As part of the speaking assessment you will undertake an independent research project (where you will study an area of personal interest) related to the country or countries where the language is spoken. During the course you will have the opportunity to practice your language skills with a native speaking assistant.

  • How is the course assessed?

    A final exam will include listening and reading comprehension, translation into English and into German and essays on literature and film. There will be a separate speaking test.

  • Additional Notes

    The majority of language students go to university and some choose to study a language to degree level, often in combination with other subjects such as Law, History or Business, and some use their language skills to work abroad. A small percentage progress directly into employment. One of last year’s students, who had studied two languages at A Level, found a job immediately after leaving College in a local company dealing with international recruitment.

  • Further Information

    Opportunities for students include a study visit to Berlin.

Brad Jones

Brad Jones

A Level French and German (History and Politics)
Previous Institution: William Brookes

The College offered me the freedom I wanted as I couldn’t study German at my previous school’s sixth form. I want to study French and German at university and go into diplomatic service after that, so languages are very important for me. I enjoy the depth we go into in each language and because the classes are smaller you can dive into more issues with your teachers and peers.

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